Fun Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Home

Have plans this Valentine’s Day? If you’re not exactly sure what you want to do with your significant other this Valentine’s Day we can help. Remember: home is where the heart is, so what better place to celebrate love than in your home? Avoid the crowds everywhere by having a fun evening at home with some of these fun date ideas.

If you have kids, an at-home Valentine’s is a great way to include the whole family. If you’re looking for fun kid-friendly Valentine’s Day activities, check out these blog posts!

Dine in Style

Skip the crowded and expensive restaurants and enjoy a romantic dinner at home. Recreate a fancy dining experience by decorating the table with your best tablecloth and a few candles. Either make your own dinner or order takeout from your favorite place. Don’t forget dessert!

Have a dessert cook-off

What’s Valentine’s Day without a little something sweet? Each person chooses a dessert to make and then taste them to see who made the best one. Make your chosen dessert together in the kitchen. Need some ideas? Here are some great ones!

Cuddle up for a movie

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to cuddle with your sweetheart and watch a romantic movie. Or choose your favorites and have a movie marathon. Grab your favorite movie snacks and settle in for a fun evening. Add a fun twist by building a blanket fort to hang out in!

Go dancing at home

Turn on some music, move your living room furniture out of the way, and dance the night away in your living room! Put together a fun playlist of your favorite dance songs, including some slow jams, and dance like no one is looking. If you don’t know how to dance, watch some instructional dance videos and learn some new steps together.

Fill a jar with future date-night ideas

Celebrate your love all yearlong by brainstorming some new date ideas. Spend the evening filling a jar with a bunch of date ideas. Before your next date night, draw an idea from the jar and have fun!

Go stargazing

Bundle up and head outside to do a little stargazing. You can make it extra cozy by bringing a blanket to share and some warm drinks. Bring a skygazing chart or download an app to learn more about what’s in the starry skies or go it alone and just enjoy a quiet evening underneath the stars.

These are just a few fun ways you can celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart without leaving home. We hope your Hayden home is filled with plenty of love this year! Happy Valentine’s Day!

How to Incorporate Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year into your Home

How to Incorporate Pantone's 2020 Color of the Year into your HomeUsing color in your interior décor is a great way to try out new trends. This year’s Pantone Color of Year, Classic Blue, may seem like a boring choice at first glance, but there’s so much you can do with it. Here’s what Pantone has to say about its pick:

Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.

Classic Blue is a versatile shade; it’s a calming tone that can also serve as a strong pop of color. This elegant color looks great in any room. Here are some ways you can incorporate Classic Blue into your home.

Accent Wall or Cabinetry

If you want to go all in and make a bold statement, Classic Blue is perfect for an accent wall or even cabinetry. We’ve seen this in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms for a fun pop of color. This sophisticated color will look fashionable for years to come so you won’t have to worry about repainting any time soon. Now, when you design a Hayden Home, we offer blue as an option when you’re selecting your cabinetry color selections!

Furniture

Outfit your living room, bedrooms, or dining room with upholstered furniture. Classic Blue is a beautiful color on statement sofas, accent chairs, benches, ottomans, and more.

Decorative Accents

Decorative accents like artwork and other smaller décor items (e.g. vases, lamps, bookends) are an easy way to add Classic Blue into your home in smaller doses. They’re easy to change out as trends, the season, or your design tastes evolves.

Rugs and Linens

Area rugs and linens like bedding, towels, and even curtains offer another less permanent way to enjoy this trend. Classic Blue is perfect for the bedroom because the color evokes a sense of tranquility and serenity, something you definitely want when you’re trying to relax! You can layer your home with decorative pillows and throw blankets, a plush area rug, and duvet covers for the bed.

Kitchen Appliances and Cookware

Want to enjoy Classic Blue in your kitchen without committing to painting your cabinets? Colorful kitchen appliances and cookware are a great alternative, like a Dutch oven or even a stand mixer. Another option is looking out for serving platters and bowls in this deep color.

Enjoy Your New Home!

Classic Blue is a timeless color that will be in style for years to come. It’s a great color to add into your home! If you’re still on the hunt for your dream home, we have homes for sale in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. We are ready to help you, whether you’re buying your first home or purchasing your second or third. Contact us today to learn more!

Buying a Home in 2020? Here’s What You Need to Know

A couple in front of their first new homeWill 2020 finally be the year you buy your first home? After researching and saving, you’re finally ready to take your first steps into the homebuying process. Its always hard to know whether conditions are right, but its important to determine if the conditions are right for you. If you’re ready to make the jump to homeownership, here’s what to expect for the housing market in 2020.

Mortgage rates will remain stable

After mortgage rates steadily declined during 2019 (dropping below 4% for common loan types), mortgage rates are expected to below 4% but don’t expect to see them drop too much further.

Inventory will be tight…

Unfortunately, housing inventory will continue to be tight for much of 2020. There are a lot of factors contributing to the tight inventory, mainly people are staying in their homes for longer than in previous years (the average homeowner is staying in their homes 13 years, up from 8 years in 2010). With homeowners staying in their homes longer, there’s simply less homes available for sale.

New home builders have responded by building more mid-range homes, which may encourage move up buyers to enter the market, freeing up their homes for first-time buyers.

and home prices will rise

Thanks to tight inventory and high demand for homes, prices are expected to grow this year. How much? National Association of REALTORS (NAR) Forecast Summit predicts as 3.6% increase, Zillow predicts a 2.8%, and realtor.com predicts a modest 0.8% rise. Needless to say, competition for available homes will be fierce.

Mid-sized markets will be popular

After moving to urban downtowns, younger generations have turned their eyes back to the suburbs. Mature Millennials, many with young families, have shifted their priorities and now looking for more affordable housing. Buyers are moving to mid-sized cities in search of improved quality of life and homes at a more affordable price point.

New Homes for Sale in the Northwest

If you’re ready to buy your dream home in the Pacific Northwest, we’re ready to help. We build attractive, friendly communities in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. We have homes for sale you’ll love, and want to be your homebuilder of choice. Contact us today to learn more.

Declutter Your Home for the New Year And Beyond

Declutter Your Entire Home month by monthEveryone wants to start the new year in a clean and organized space, but decluttering your home can feel like a daunting task. You may start out inspired to tackle the mess in your home, only to have that inspiration wane over time. Instead of trying to declutter your entire house from the start, stretch the process out over the year. Not only will this keep you motivated to continue doing the work, you’ll also enjoy the satisfaction of having a consistently decluttered space. In this blog, we provide you with a suggested focus for each month of the year, so you can check that off your list!

January: Kitchen/Pantry

The kitchen is the heart of the home and tends to have the most stuff. The cabinets are filled with food and pots and pans, the drawers are stuffed with cooking tools and utensils (not to mention the odds and ends in the junk drawer) and the counters are covered with appliances and maybe even mail. Before you throw your hands up and give up, here’s how to break down the process:

  • Sell, donate, or toss specialty appliances, cookware, and dishes you no longer use or need
  • Toss or recycle food storage containers with missing lids and giveaway cups you don’t need
  • Empty the pantry and donate any unopened nonperishable food items and toss anything that’s expired or you don’t use

February: Home Office

With tax season in gearing up, this month is the perfect time to declutter and organize, not only your home office, but also any paperwork (both physical and digital).

  • Sort through any piles of paper and decide what to file, shred, or recycle
  • Clean up any unused files on your computers and back up any data
  • Switch to paperless billing whenever possible

March: Closet

The closet might be one of the most daunting areas of the home to organize. But don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming! With the changing seasons, now is the perfect time to streamline the closet. Try on all clothes and keep what still fits and makes you feel good. Sort through clothes and keep only what truly makes you happy. Here are a few more tips to help you through this process:

  • Sell or donate clothes, shoes, and accessories that are in good condition, tossing anything that’s beyond repair
  • Launder and store any winter items for next season
  • Repeat this during the fall season

April: Bathroom and linen closets

A clean, well-organized bathroom is a mood booster and makes hosting guests (even last-minute ones) less stressful. Place most used items at eye level so they’re easier to find, placing items you don’t use as often on higher shelves in the medicine cabinet.

Also take time to review your linens, donating items in good condition or tossing anything that’s worn (or repurpose them into rags) and update with new items as needed.

  • Move moisture or heat sensitive medications to a different location (make sure it’s safely out of reach of children)
  • Toss expired and unused makeup and skin-care products
  • Safely dispose of expired medication

May: Laundry Room

The laundry room sees a lot of action during the year, making it one of the hardest-working rooms in the home! Keep clutter at bay by creating a place for everything. Store cleaning products out of reach of kids and pets. And take time to clean your washer and dryer.

  • Designate a small basket or jar to hold found items from pockets and a basket to hold missing socks or gloves until they can be paired up again
  • Sort laundry before it going to the laundry room to avoid the dreaded piles

June: Garage

Before summer activities and travels begin, take some time to organize the garage. Remove any sporting equipment the kids may have outgrown or no longer use, inspect lawn care and gardening tools, and check outdoor furniture and toss worn-out pieces. When you’re ready to organize your space, think in categories, like sports equipment, gardening tools, holiday décor, etc., and group like items together.

July: Living areas

The living room is a well-used space, from cozy movie nights to game watching parties, it’s often where the fun and action is when hosting family and friends. Make this space more enjoyable by imagining what activities you want to take place in these rooms and furnish the room in a way that supports this desire. Store magazines, movies, and electronics out of sight behind a cabinet or in a console table.

  • Return items that belong in other rooms to their proper space each night
  • Sell or donate old DVDs, CDs, books or other entertainment accessories you don’t use
  • Identify catch-all areas and use baskets to hold these smaller items while reducing visual clutter

August: Bedrooms

Bedrooms are meant to be serene and rejuvenating spaces. It’s tough to relax when you’re staring at a pile of clothing on the floor! This goes for kids’ rooms as well! You’ll feel instantly more relaxed once you declutter and organize your room. Start by removing anything that doesn’t belong in the bedroom, like dishes and paper and even consider removing extra furniture pieces.

  • Make your bed everyday
  • Make it a habit to put away clothes and items instead of letting them pile up on surfaces around the room
  • Clear away unneeded items daily from nightstands

September: Entry spaces

School is back in session and the entryway of your home will be busy! Thanks to their prominent Entryways tend to be tricky to organize but not impossible.  Put away out of season items (like winter coats during the summer), allocate space for small items like keys, mail, and other small personal items.

  • Make it a habit to sort through any baskets or trays in the entryway to remove junk or replace items in their proper place

October: Entertaining supplies

Get ahead of the curve and take stock on your entertaining supplies. With holiday entertaining looming ahead, you’ll be glad you’re ready to welcome guests.

  • Inventory your dinnerware and serving pieces and consider whether you have enough pieces or will need to purchase more
  • Toss worn out or stained tablecloths and other linens

November: Kitchen/Pantry

The holidays are back around so it’s time to prepare your kitchen and pantry ready for this year’s feasts. Restock on pantry staples; take stock of dining ware, purging chipped pieces and replace as needed, and cooking utensils and tools.

December: Clear Clutter

You’re probably expecting to get new items this holiday season so now is a great time to begin reviewing your belongings and getting rid of items that are no longer of use to you (as always, sell or donate items that are in good condition!). This can also apply to holiday decorations. That way you can avoid the struggle of trying to store everything at the end of the holidays this year!

Stretching your decluttering tasks throughout the year turns a potentially overwhelming project into manageable bites. Not only that, you’ll create a sustainable habit of keeping your home in its best shape.

At Hayden Homes, we have beautiful new homes throughout Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. Contact us today and we’ll be here to help you find your dream home this year.

New Year’s Resolutions for Your New Home – Tips to keep your home in good condition

Goals, Plan, Action for a New Year's Resolution for your new homeWith the New Year just days away, we’re all thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. But what about New Year’s resolutions for your new home? While most of our resolutions include conditioning for our bodies, in the spirit of new beginnings and positive changes, we’ve put together our list of the top 5 things that you can do this year to keep your new home in tip, top condition.

1. Declutter By Focusing On A Particular Problem

Decluttering your home and personal space is a common New Year’s resolution. While the thought of tackling your entire house can seem daunting, don’t let this resolution slip away. Think about streamlining this daunting task by narrowing this resolution down to a “particular problem” in your home whether it’s your master closet, pantry, or garage. Create a better system in the space by organizing with bins or boxes and focus on the functionality of these storage containers rather than how they look. Establish a plan for what will stay and be sure to measure the storage options for the best system to ensure you keep organized.

2. Donate Unused Items

Once you have gone through and organized your home, you likely have a pile of things that you either forgot you even had or don’t want anymore. One great way to feel good about this process is to donate these items. Locate your local Goodwill or other non-profit, in need of donations, and give them a way. (Don’t forget to grab your donation receipt for your taxes this year!)

3. Tackle Small Projects

You may not have thought about adding home improvement projects to your New Year’s resolution list, but with the right planning, you could get all those small projects, that keep piling up, crossed off your to-do list. Whether it’s simple tasks like cleaning the gutters, caulking around your bathroom shower, or hanging family photos, as you prepare for the New Year, write down your entire list of house projects for the year so you have it ready when you take the time to complete the projects. You’ll feel better once they’re checked off.

4. Work Out a Regular System for Keeping Your House Clean

Coming home to a clean house is one of the best feelings. Come up with a system that works for your family. For example, make a list of the things that need to get done daily and weekly and assign them to a specific family member. Daily tasks such as dishes need to be done nightly, dirty clothes go in the hamper, and jackets/clean clothes are hung up or put away.  To ensure that your weekly tasks like vacuuming, mopping, or cleaning the bathroom are done as efficiently as possible, here are a few tips from Jeff Campbell, author of the book Speed Cleaning and owner of the Clean Team housekeeping service in San Francisco:

  • Keep all your cleaning supplies handy and organized in a portable container that moves with you from room to room.
  • Stash cleaning implements such as a toothbrush, scraper, sponge, a few cleaning cloths and plastic bags in a builder’s apron that you wear when you clean. Hook your glass cleaner and all-purpose cleaning spray on the loops to keep your hands free as you work around the room clockwise, cleaning from high (cabinets) to low (floors.)
  • Focus on one type of cleaning at a time. It’s faster, Campbell says. Wipe down fingerprints on all the cabinets, for instance, before moving on to spraying and wiping counters. Then move on to windows and mirrors and appliances. Once that’s done move on to sweeping and then mopping floors.
  • For optimum efficiency, enlist the help of your family. If you can, divide the jobs among at least three parties: one of you can do the dusting/vacuuming and changing beds, the other can do the bathroom cleanup, leaving only the kitchen and trash emptying for you to handle. The upside? You can get the whole house done in 45 minutes, Campbell says, leaving more time on the weekends for fun activities.

5. Bring Home Fresh Flowers

It may seem like a small thing, but the smell of fresh flowers and their bright cheerful colors can improve the ambiance of any room. Finding the right colors, heights and arrangements can really complement the existing decor in your rooms. And the right house plants can not only improve air quality but may provide some at-home aromatherapy to help you relax.

One of the best ways to make sure that you’ll come back to your New Year’s resolutions for your new home is to plan them out in advance. Decide the order in which you’ll clean your rooms and spread your decluttering projects over a couple of months. Then write down all your small projects for the year so when the time comes, you’re ready to tackle each one head on. When you’re ready, sit down and make your plan for keeping your house clean and divide out the chores between each family member. Finally, the next time you’re at the store, pick up some fresh flowers, we promise they will bring a smile to your face after a long day at work.

We wish you well in the New Year and hope that these 5 tips will help keep you on track for keeping your new home in the best condition possible.

If a new home is on your wishlist this year, Hayden Homes can help! We have new homes for sale throughout Washington, Idaho, Oregon. Contact us today, we look forward to helping you find your dream home!

Tips and Ideas to Keep Kids Busy Over the Holiday Break

Mom and her son baking in their new home - Tips and Ideas to Keep Kids Busy Over the Holiday BreakThe holidays are a joyous time of the year and can be a great time to bond with your kids and let your inner child out. Here are 11 activities to keep your kids busy during the holidays that you can use whenever, wherever you need them. When the weather outside is frightful, these tips are so delightful, let your imagination run wild and keep your kids occupied with these fun tips and ideas!

1 – Play With Blocks or Legos

That’s right! Take your supply of blocks or Legos and let the kids dump them on the floor and play away. This will keep them entertained for at least an hour or longer.

2 – Check on the Reindeer

Did you know Santa has a live feed? Let your kids check on Santa’s Reindeer and have them report to you on what’s happening. Who doesn’t love to watch cuddly animals in their natural habitat?

3 – Play Store or Office

This can be great fun for your kids. To get started, set up a little table with a cash register, toy money (maybe from the Monopoly game that’s collecting dust in the closet), little pieces of paper (receipts), and a scanner one idea is to use the little attachment of your vacuum as the scanner). The other kids fill their toy shopping cart with toys and take it to the cashier. Let your kids use the bags that you have from your shopping trips as their grocery bags – they will have a blast!

4 – Make a Home Movie

Let your kids become movie stars for an afternoon. Pick a plot for your movie and let their creative juices run wild. If they don’t want to be the main characters, let them make their movie using Lego figures or their favorite dolls.

7 – Put Up a Fort

Who remembers hours spent in their favorite homemade fort? Grab some blankets, pillows, and sheets from the closet, push some chairs together, and voila your kids have a fort. Inside they can be whomever they wish.Let your kids use it as a special holiday fort for games, reading and other quiet activities.

8 – Bake Cookies or Other Holiday Treats

Kids love to help! Baking with you is one way you can have fun together and get a little help in the kitchen. Let them help make their favorite cookies or make Nutter Butter Snowmen cookies. Not only are they super cute, but they’re super easy as well.

9 – Play With Boxes

This is the time of the year when the Amazon deliveries arrive at a regular cadence. Rather than recycle the boxes, let your kids turn them into a playhouse, boat, car, cave or any other idea that they can think of!

10 – Hot Cocoa Read-Aloud

This is a great time to start a new tradition, maybe one that involves the entire family and reading. Do this by creating a nightly reading ritual, where you sip hot cocoa, or tea, and listen to a book read aloud. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever has great reviews, is relatively short and provides a meaningful message.

11 – Volunteer

The holidays are a great time of the year to give of your time. Encourage your kids to serve someone in your community, some ideas include:
  • Shovel the snow of the elderly neighbor
  • Go as a family to a local food bank
  • Select a family to shop for and provide holiday cheer
We guarantee this will not only fill your time but will nurture a feeling of gratitude for what you have.
We hope these 11 tips and ideas for keeping your kids busying over the holiday break are useful and fun for the entire family. Send us a note to info@hayden-homes.com with your favorite activities for your kids and we’ll be sure to share them.
If a new home is on your wish list this year, Hayden Homes can help! We have new homes for sale throughout Washington, Idaho, Oregon. We’re looking forward to helping you find your dream home!

Congratulations Grant Ludwick, Realtor! Hayden Homes MVR

The Robinson-Ludwick Group Hayden Homes MVRWe are excited to announce that Grant Ludwick, Realtor, one of our respected Real Estate Partners with The Robinson-Ludwick Group in Bend, Oregon, has been elevated to Hayden Homes Most Valuable Realtor (MVR) status!

A little about The Robinson-Ludwick Group: 

The Robinson-Ludwick Group with Coldwell Banker Bain is a team of energetic and knowledgeable professionals who pride themselves on their honest approach while working with buyers and sellers of homes in Central Oregon. Outside of real estate, the team members are committed to being involved in the community as well as raising their families in the big playground that is Central Oregon.

Thank you and congratulations to Grant and Team, we look forward to continuing our wonderful partnership in the future!

How to Sell Your Home During the Holidays

Living room decorated perfectly for the holidays - How to Sell Your Home During the HolidaysThe holidays can be a hectic time of the year. You might be buying and wrapping gifts, have multiple holiday events to attend or hosting friends and family from out of town. Selling your home may be the last thing you want to add to your growing to-do list but, if you are planning to sell your home this holiday season, we have some tips to help your sale go as smoothly as possible.

1 – Keep Holiday Decorations to a Minimum

While holiday decorations can make your home look fun and festive, sellers should be cautious not to overdo it. Keep in mind that not everyone has the same love of a decked-out home. Décor can turn some buyers off and it can make your home feel crowded and distract buyers from the important features of your home. If you decide to decorate use more red than green, as red is an emotionally appealing color.

This also applies to the exterior of your home – avoid the over-the-top lighting display this year.

2 – Price it to sell

Leverage sites like Trulia and Zillow to research pricing on other homes for sale, in the area, and work with your real estate agent to determine the best price for your home.

3 – Keep it tidy, keep it safe

This can be hard to do this time of the year between cooking, wrapping presents, and trying to keep your home free of mud and other debris that make their way inside during the cold winter months but, be sure to vacuum well and often.  Ensure the outside of your home is clean and presentable as well. Bare trees and shrubs make your home more exposed. Step outside and look at your home from the curb to see your home’s curb appeal and notice if you need to touch up the paint, clean the gutters and spruce up the yard. Also, keep buyers’ safety in mind by making sure stairs and walkways are free of snow, ice and leaves.

4 – Be Available

The holiday season makes it more difficult than usual for real estate agents to schedule showings since all parties involved usually have holiday activities and other events going on. However, since buyers during this time of the year are typically motivated to buy, clear your schedule as much as possible to accommodate potential buyers.

5 – Create a video tour

You’re going to get less foot traffic through your doors during the holidays due to inclement whether and busy schedules. Shoot a video tour of your home and post it online so you can still attract house hunters who are reluctant to brave the elements or simply can’t make it out to tour your home, during a possible winter storm.

 6 – Provide house hunters an escape from the cold

Turn up the heat a bit and make your home feel cozy. When you have visitors make your home feel inviting by playing classical music, baking some fresh cookies and brewing some hot cider. Potential buyers will not only appreciate the gesture, but they may spend more time admiring your home’s best features.

7 – Know that the new year is right around the corner

Take time to remind yourself that even if your home doesn’t sell right away, the new year is right around the corner and the right buyer is out there. We hope that with these tips for selling your home during the holidays, ensure a quick and profitable sale. In turn making the holidays even merrier for you and yours.

If a new home is on your wish list this year, Hayden Homes can help! We have new homes for sale throughout Washington, Idaho, Oregon. We’re looking forward to helping you find your dream home!

Congratulations Aurelia Contreras, Realtor! Hayden Homes MVR

Aurelia Contreras, Realtor Elevated to Hayden Homes MVRWe are excited to announce that Aurelia Contreras, Realtor, one of our respected Real Estate Partners with Tri-Cities Realty Group, LLC in Pasco, Washington, has been elevated to Hayden Homes Most Valuable Realtor (MVR) status!

A little about Aurelia: 

Growing up in the Tri-Cities, WA, Aurelia Contreras has witnessed the vast economic expansion and evolution of this vibrantly growing area. Being a realtor since 2007, she has abundant professional experience and treats all of her clients with the utmost respect. Keeping up with the latest marketing trends is her specialty and she works diligently to be sure all her transactions run as smoothly as possible from beginning to close. As her former clients will tell you, Aurelia is passionate about what she does and works above and beyond what is necessary to gain their trust and confidence and they are more than willing to provide her with referrals based on her exceptional performance. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, cooking and pleasant refreshing walks on the great trails of Badger Mountain.

Thank you and congratulations to Aurelia, we look forward to continuing our wonderful partnership in the future!

Holiday Lighting and Decoration Tips & Tricks

Home with holiday lights out frontIt’s that time of year! What better way to kick off the holiday season than with some festive lights and crafty decorations? If you’re like a lot of people, you may just decide to “wing it” and maybe that works… however, why stress yourself out by feeling unprepared? There are a few simple things you can do to help prepare yourself and your home for the upcoming holiday décor. We want to help ease your stress, so we’ve put together a few holiday tips and tricks to help ensure your vision for an exceptionally decorated home is as stress free as possible.

Most important, Stay Safe!

Holiday lights involve a high amount of electricity, try to avoid connecting too many strands together which can overload the circuit. Also, be sure to check your GFCIs which is the ground-fault circuit interrupters, this causes an automatic turnoff if there is any overheating in the electrical circuit. Turning your outside lights off when you’re asleep or away from home can ease your worries.

Are your lights safe for outdoor use?

With the potential for harsh winter conditions, throughout the Pacific Northwest, it’s important to ensure your holiday lighting will hold up to the elements. Check the package for UL outdoor ratings, these can be used both indoors and outdoors. Don’t assume your lights are safe from the damp-cold weather just because the wires are coated, make sure to check that they are weatherproof.

How to plan your design

Keep it simple! (Well unless you’d like your home to be seen from miles away.) Decorating can be overwhelming, and you may not know where to start. To start, we recommend choosing a focal point. This will help you focus primarily on one area, taking the stress away from feeling like you need to bedazzle your entire house.

Examine your home and measure

Check out your gutters, shingles, and the overhang from your roofline to determine how to best hang your lights. A few popular spots for holidays lights are along your rooflines, around pillars and windows, door frames and even near driveways. Let’s not forget to measure how many lights we will need. Measure the area you’re wanting to hang lights and find the nearest power strip; this will help ensure you have enough lights for the area you’re wanting to cover.

The holidays can be a stressful and overwhelming, however, they do not need to be, by following these simple tips you will feel more prepared for when you’re ready to start decorating your new home. Just remember, stay safe and have fun with it!

Enjoy the holidays in your new Hayden home!

We hope you enjoy your holidays in your new home by Hayden Home. One of the best things is being able to spend time with the people who matter most. If you’re thinking of buying a new home (or even your first home), we have homes for sale in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. We’re looking forward to helping you find your dream home in the Northwest!