Troy Michigan Real Estate – Picking the Perfect Christmas Tree for Your Home

Posted in Troy Michigan Real Estate by Michigan Real Estate Expert on December 8th, 2008

It’s coming up on Christmas time, which means that people are decorating their home with lights and tinsel.  It also means that it’s time to pick a Christmas tree.  If you own Troy Michigan real estate and you’ve never had a real Christmas tree or you don’t seem to get the right tree, these tips and tricks can help you pick the perfect tree:

Buying Your Tree

  1. Measure where you’re going to place the tree in your home, from ceiling to floor.  You’ll want your tree to be at least a foot shorter than the ceiling, so take a measuring tape with you when you shop for your tree.
  2. When measuring for height, adjust for the star, angel or topknot that you’ll be using; most can add as much as twelve inches to the height of your tree.  Measure the opening of your Christmas tree stand, so you know how wide the base of the tree can be.
  3. The base of the tree should be straight and at least six inches long to fit nicely into your tree stand.
  4. Run your fingers along the needles of the tree you’re looking at, and give the tree a shake.  Very few needles should fall off.
  5. For the best shape, full branches, rich color and good needle retention on Christmas trees,  choose a Balsam fir, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, Noble fir or Scotch pine.
  6. Buy as soon as you can for the best quality, or wait longer for best price.

Taking Care of Your Tree

  1. After you get it home, cut an inch off the base so your tree can take in water more easily.  Make sure the cut is straight.
  2. Use a stand that holds at least one gallon of water.
  3. Make sure you water your tree often.  This keeps the needles from drying, as well as keeping the fragrance strong.  Check the water level every few hours.
  4. Don’t add anything to the water – no aspirin, soda water, bleach, etc. – to keep it fresh.  According to the experts, lots of plain water is best.

When you own one of the Troy Michigan real estate homes you’ll want to find the perfect Christmas tree, one that’s lush, brightly decorated, and keeps the cheerful Christmas spirit alive. 

Want a new home to decorate?  I can help.  Call me now at 248-514-2640 or email me at  Have a Merry Christmas!

Lee Morof
RE/MAX Showcase Homes
Birmingham, Michigan
Call:  248-514-2640

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