Whether you’re feeling “do-it-yourself,” or would prefer to offload the heavy lifting to an outside firm, nothing brightens up winter like a home filled with holiday décor. Even in a rental property, with a little know-how and planning, your home will be holiday-ready in no time.

When you live in a rented home there are a few additional considerations to keep in mind before you deck the halls with boughs of holly. First, be sure that decorations, lights and greenery are hung with materials that won’t damage walls and exteriors. Command brand fasteners, hooks and clips are meant to be safely removed, and their website includes some great holiday decorating tips. Next, be sure to check in with your management company about what is and isn’t allowed in terms of decorations. Some companies and landlords may have rules in place for things hung on outer doors, windows and balconies, so it’s best to know up front what is and isn’t copacetic. Lastly, always keep safety top of mind. If you have exterior access to your home, be safe when using ladders. Make sure your lights are in good, working order, never use interior lights outdoors, and always remember to keep open flames away from presents, trees and decorations.

If all this seems a bit overwhelming, maybe it’s time to outsource the hard stuff this year. Hiring your own personal elves will ease stress, but you still need to make a list (of questions) and check it twice, before you can find out who’s naughty and nice.

  • If you’re in a walk-up apartment, will the tree be brought upstairs?
  • Are materials, equipment, decorative items and lights included in your quote?
  • If lights die or foliage wilts before the holidays, are replacements included?
  • Is there a separate charge for take-down and clean-up after the holidays and what exactly does that service include?

Once you’re ready to enlist some holiday helpers, here are a few in our area:

Walk-Up Building Tree Wrangling Is So Last Year

Love the smell of pine, but loathe the idea of dragging a tree through the streets of New York? Brothers Harold and Louis DeLucia of NYC Trees will deliver a Christmas tree right to your living room for prices as low as $79. All orders include the tree, delivery, installation and stand. They’ll even handle removal after the holidays for an additional fee. NYC Trees currently delivers to Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan, and serves other areas on a case by case basis.

It’s Like a Christmas Tree Concierge

If you need a bit more than just tree delivery, the folks at Tyler’s Trees may be your best bet. As their motto “Everything but the presents!” suggests, they’ll also deliver garland, wreaths, lights and provide decorating services to pull it all together. For trees over 9-feet tall, customers automatically receive their “white glove” delivery service which includes a site visit ahead of the tree’s arrival to assure that doors, elevators and pathways are ready for your special tannenbaum.

Is 35,000-square-feet of Holiday Cheer Enough?

House of Holiday in Ozone Park, Queens is a New York institution offering everything from Santa suits to nativity sets. While they’ve been making New Yorkers’ Christmas wishes come true for nearly 20 years in their 35,000, two-floor superstore, they also offer interior holiday decorating services for your home. Drop by their store to see their designer’s work on display and receive a complimentary consultation for creating your own winter wonderland.

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly … Or Pay Someone Else to Do It

Decorator Denise Piccolo has created some of the most beautiful residential holiday decor in the New York area during her 18-year design career. Expect to pay handsomely for her level of talent, but rest assured that she’ll handle every last detail, down to hanging your stockings with care, while you sit back, relax and enjoy the egg nog.

If Clark Griswold is Your Christmas Light Role Model …

Christmas Décor by AMCO is your go-to resource for exterior holiday lighting. Their team is fully trained and insured, so you can rest easy knowing they’re scurrying up ladders and across roofs instead of you! They also use property-friendly fasteners and installation, a major plus for those in rental homes.


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