How to Decorate Your House for Halloween Without Ruining Its Value

how to decorate your house for halloween

If you’re reading this, it’s probably safe to assume you love Halloween. Whether you have young kids, no kids, or are just a kid-at-heart yourself, is it possible to ruin the value of your home with a few too many cobwebs and skeletons? Don’t be afraid, that won’t happen to you. Follow these tricks on how to decorate your house for Halloween — they’re a real treat!

Properly Prep Your Home

How can you properly prepare your home for fall, as well as the busy holiday season? Set aside time in September or early October to tidy up and get the necessary exterior projects done before you decorate. If you live in a hotter climate, you can wait till the weather cools off a bit or the rainy season ends. If you’re not sure where to begin, check out our six best fall maintenance tips here.

Although your intent when decorating for Halloween is to make your home look festively spooky, there’s a difference between spooky and run-down or even condemned. Yes, you may see some decorations out there that make your house look just that. But it’s very easy to tell what’s décor and what’s an unsafe or unkempt home, which could prove detrimental to your home’s value. Placing decorations, especially new ones, on top of a house that could use either a fresh paint job, pressure-washing, or a gutter cleaning won’t get you in the Halloween spirit. 

Keep It Timeless

The best part about decorating for Halloween is that you can really get creative. However, putting up massive spider webs that get stuck in the trees and gather dust and debris will likely grow old. So, what kind of Halloween decorations can you use year after year? Check out this blog

If you move to a new home with a different layout, you can always add new décor into your repertoire. Unless you buy a light-up pumpkin, you’ll likely want to grab a new one of those each year, too! Investing in festive, easy-to-clean or easy-to-maintain wreaths or figurines is also a good idea. You can opt for LED string lights or durable outdoor decorations that will last longer than styrofoam or other alternatives. Keep in mind any neighborhood rules or guidelines while shopping, which brings us to our next tip on how to decorate your house for Halloween.

Consider Your Neighbors

Beyond the aesthetics of your home, getting a reputation as a bad neighbor won’t help your home value, either. Of course, if you have a large lot all to yourself and don’t have neighbors for acres or even miles, you can push the boundaries a bit.

However, if you’re on a street with older folks, be considerate of any flashing lights, sound machines, or fog machines. The last thing you want to do is create a hazard or upset people who live right next door. If you share a neighborhood with a lot of small children who may be trick-or-treating for the first time, don’t go overkill with dead bodies or buckets of blood. You can certainly make your home Halloween-ready and turn on all of your décor for the night of, but running a horror-show for a month straight isn’t a good idea. 

DIY When You Can

Creating your own Halloween decorations beyond just carving a pumpkin is a great way to get your family in the spirit. By making your own decorations, you’ll like save a ton of money and actually create something you can use again. Plus, you know exactly what materials are going into your décor if you have small children or curious pets. 

When it comes to how to decorate your house for Halloween, keeping it simple with a pumpkin and lights can still have a dramatic but classy effect, and won’t harm your home’s value. Happy decorating — and we hope you have a happy and safe Halloween!

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