The Do’s and Don’ts of Outdoor Decorations

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The weather is definitely starting to shift which means, Fall is nearly upon us, and the seasons of decorating come with it. We all like to spruce up the outside of our homes for fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc. So if you are renting your property, what decorating restrictions do you have to abide by?Just because you don’t own your home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to make it feel like yours! While each property manager has different regulations, we have some helpful guidelines that pertain to most outdoor decorating situations, even if you own your home.

  • Don’t put holes in the roof or siding. This may sound like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many people try to hang decorations by drilling holes in their home! Holes in your roof or siding can cause serious water damage to the structure of your home, without you even knowing it.


  • Don’t obstruct the gutters. Have you ever laid the excess extension cord in the gutter to hide it? We all have! But obstructing the gutters like that will cause them to overflow during a heavy rain, leading to foundation erosion and leaks. Keep your gutters clear when hanging decorations.


  • Keeping lights on a timer. This will help save on your energy bill, while protecting the house at the same time. It is possible for lights to get overheated if left on all the time, and start a fire.


  • Taking decorations down in a timely manner. You’ve all seen those neighbors who have their Christmas lights up in May still. This rule doesn’t only apply to Christmas lights! If you buy pumpkins for fall, make sure you dispose of them before they rot and get smelly. Be a good neighbor and take down your decorations once the season is over which you decorated for.