The best time of year to buy a home depends on a variety of factors, but there is something particularly special about becoming a homeowner right before the winter holiday season. Price reductions are more likely to happen in August and September, which means many people will close on their home as the leaves start changing colors and the trick-or-treaters come knocking. There’s nothing like ringing in Thanksgiving and Christmas in a new home, so read on for some ways to make such occasions even more memorable.
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Deck the Halls
Decorating the house for holidays like Christmas or Thanksgiving can be time-consuming, but it’s worth making the effort during your first holiday season as a homeowner. That doesn’t mean you have to throw the inflatable Santa in the front yard on the first day of November. In fact, it’s a good idea to wait a little bit and see how your neighbors decorate first.
Some neighborhoods are more likely to go all out with their decorations than others. If you know that your neighborhood is a hot spot for locals to view extravagant Christmas displays, then you’ll have more room to really go bonkers and make your property look like the North Pole. But if your neighbors take a more subdued approach, then it’s going to look a little weird for your house to use enough electricity to power the state of Wyoming. If you truly cannot weight to get out there and decorate, then start small with something like red and white LED Christmas lights. These are beautiful and won’t blind bypassers.
Also, don’t underestimate the power of going over and talking to your neighbors. There are multiple ways to introduce yourself after moving in, including simply taking a stroll around the neighborhood and seeing who (or what) you encounter along the way. It’s always better for the neighbors to know you as “Dave and Jane” rather than “those weird new people with singing elves in the front yard.”
Host a Holiday Party
In 2017, The New York Times reported that the median first-time homebuyer is 32 years old and pulls in a salary of $72,000 annually. Whether you purchased your home prebuilt or hired low-price home builders, you should certainly mark this new chapter in your life by throwing a holiday party worth remembering. Depending on when you moved in, you might be able to turn the event into both a housewarming party and a holiday bash.
It’s your house, not anyone else’s. You don’t have a landlord to answer to, so you can make the party as outlandish as you want it to be. If that means hiring a barbershop quartet to sing Christmas carols, then so be it. You can even hire a petting zoo to come in with a live nativity scene, although you better be prepared for a sizable clean-up effort afterwards. Remember to take a ton of photos and invite your guests to do the same. If your party is on New Year’s Eve, you can take advantage of guests’ sense of nostalgia by buying instant cameras and placing them around the house. You’re sure to get some great photos the moment the clock strikes midnight.
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You can have fun while still being respectful to the rest of your neighbors. If your new home is part of a homeowners’ association, check if there are any rules regarding parties in place. It’s also a good idea to be aware of any local noise ordinances, since no one wants the party to end with a driveway full of police cars. That’s definitely memorable, but for all the wrong reasons.
Thanks to Christmas Designers for collaborating with us!