La Crosse, WISCONSIN (WXOW) – The time has come to deck the halls and trim the tree in your home. But, if you're tired of the same old holiday décor, getting a new look can be expensive.
Angie's List suggest hiring an expert who can help transform your home into a winter wonderland with creative and budget-friendly tips.
Angie's List suggest finding a designer who can offer consulting services so you can get great, professional ideas but save money by doing the actual work yourself. Also, talk with landscapers, handymen and roofers to help hang your lights could save you some time and keep you from having to climb those dangerous ladders in the winter months.
"When hiring someone to hang your lights outside, you first want to make sure they are insured to do this," said Angie Hicks, Angie's List. "Obviously, they will be on ladders at your house potentially and you certainly don't want an accident that comes against your homeowner's insurance."
There are companies who offer hanging lights outside as a seasonal service. Angie's List said exterior decorations left out too long after the holiday season will not only annoy your neighbors, but can pose a fire hazard.
Angie's List Tips: Affordable tips for decorating your home interior
Go to the Pros: Many interior designers offer consultation in addition to the actual decorating. Save money by hiring the advice but do the actual work yourself.
Take Stock: Before you meet with anyone, take stock of the decorations you already have and show them to the decorator. He or she may suggest new ways to use your existing décor or affordable ways to supplement. Have your friends and family do the same thing. You may find you can swap décor and give everyone a fresh new and affordable look this season without spending a dime.
Using Sentimental Objects: If there is a loved one in your family you've lost, but still want to honor, use something they may have left you as part of a center piece for the holidays.
Use Nature: Go outside and use evergreen branches, pine cones or berries they can make beautiful arrangements and not cost a penny.
Selecting a Tree: If you are a fake tree person maybe spruce it up with new colors. If you go to a tree farm, know your budget and talk to the experts there about what would go best with your décor and home.