Investment Property Wisdom

Light Up Your Rental Property for Christmas the Safe Way

Posted on December 9, 2020 by pmtadmin

After a long and challenging year, it is finally time for Christmas! We may be at a cold and dark point in the winter, but the Christmas holidays gives everyone time to rest, relax, and spend time with family. 

This year’s Christmas is going to be different, as the effort to stop COVID-19 from spreading means gatherings will be much smaller than they usually are. But there are still great ways to enjoy the holiday.

Stay connected to family and friends with video chat, cook a delicious feast, and put a little more enthusiasm than usual into your seasonal decorations. If you’re renting your home, there are principles to observe that will keep you safe and ensure you comply with the terms of your lease. 

If you’re a property owner who wants to enjoy the holidays rather than stress about landlord responsibilities, we can handle all your property management concerns.

Perhaps you’re on the other side of the equation, and you’re looking for a cozy home to rent? We help tenants find a new home that meets all your criteria sooner, so you spend less time finding a lovely place to live. 

In the meantime, Property Management TO would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas as we share with you these holiday decorating tips for renters.

Use Outdoor Lights Only

If you’re going to decorate the outside of your home in Christmas lights, make sure the lights are graded for outdoor use. Using indoor lights outside exposes them to moisture, which increases the risk of starting a fire and electric shock.

By all means, brighten up the front of your home! But be careful to get lights that are safe, not just pretty.

Make Sure It’s Safe to Change Your Bulb

It spoils the whole image when you look at the bright lights illuminating your home only to see one is missing. Before changing the bulbs, make sure you unplug the lights first.

Get your lights looking proper for the season without getting a shock. Likewise, it’s safer to use a wooden or plastic ladder than an electric ladder, which conducts electricity. 

Decorate Safely with Everyone in Mind

Tenants need to ensure that they’re considerate towards their neighbours when decorating. For example, if your unit has a balcony, you don’t want to hang decorations that could potentially fall and hurt someone or damage property.

Only decorate your immediate unit, not the common area shared between tenants. If you have a ground-floor unit with a lawn, don’t install motion-detector lawn ornaments that make loud sounds, as they can be disruptive, especially at night.

You may think it’s OK to hang something like a wreath on your door, but falling dry needles will require a maintenance staff to vacuum up the hall.

Light Up the Unit Without Causing Damage

Christmas lights are a timeless holiday celebration, but you don’t want them to cost you money from your security deposit. Avoid using tacks or nails to hang Christmas lights in your apartment.

Instead, consider affixing the lights to furniture in your unit, like a bookshelf, rather than the walls. If you have them, you can wrap the lights around your balcony railing or staircase, as that’s an easy way to get them up without the risk of damaging the property.  

Be Careful with a Real Tree

Are you going to use an artificial tree or a real one? Yes, Clark Griswold from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation might extol the virtues of a natural Christmas tree, but dragging a real tree through the hallway could leave a scratch or a mess behind.

If you’re going to use a natural Christmas tree, make sure it doesn’t damage your carpet or wood floors. The tree may be fake, but the fun is real! Once you get the lights, tinsel, and ornaments on it, artificial trees will usher in that Christmas spirit all the same.

To Light the Candles?

Scented candles are great for creating a wintry holiday atmosphere. Make sure your building lets you light candles, as they pose a potential fire hazard, and the smoke can damage the ceiling.

A safer option is to use a diffuser to fill the room with pleasing Christmas aromas. If you like the visual appeal of a lighted candle, there are electric ones you can buy that bring about a similar effect without posing any risk of damage to your property.

It’s important to live somewhere you feel comfortable, which means you need to enjoy the unit itself and the rules and regulations concerning these living quarters. There are many available properties to choose from that have different rules, so you don’t need to live somewhere you feel is too strict.

It’s better for the tenant and landlord when everyone agrees with how to treat the rental unit.

Definitely Decorate Your Home!

Just because you need to take some precautions when decorating your home to avoid causing property damage doesn’t mean you should avoid seasonal décor! Getting into the spirit of the holidays is always more fun in the end, and it will be especially appreciated after a year of pandemic lockdowns

Help put a smile on the face of all who pass by your home by doing your share to brighten up the neighbourhood. No matter how strict your building may be, there are ways to light up the inside and outside of your home that will spread joy without costing anything you from your damage deposit.

If you need help finding tenants or managing your investment property, Property Management TO is a turnkey solution that will handle all your needs. Don’t hesitate to contact us anytime to learn more about our convenient and comprehensive services. In the meantime, Property Management TO would like to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!