Festooning our homes with a myriad of twinkling Christmas lights has long been a tradition honored by millions of families across the country. But, what are you supposed to do when you want your home lit up like the Griswold’s and simply don’t have the time to do so? If you find yourself in this position, there are plenty of professional companies that specialize in coming to your home and getting the job done for you.
Why Should You Hire a Pro?
While the idea of hiring a professional to hang your Christmas lights might seem like a relatively new idea, companies have been offering these services for years. There are several very good reasons to hire a professional rather than going to all the expense and hard work yourself, including:
- You don’t have to invest a fortune in lights, most companies include them in the cost (you are leasing them)
- You don’t have to be the one climbing up and down ladders, walking on your roof, and risking life and limb
- Since you are not buying the lights, you can change the lights each year to meet your tastes
- If any of the lights or displays break, the company comes and repairs them at no extra cost
- You don’t have to take them down, most companies come out in January and take them down for you
What if I already Have My Own Lights?
One thing to keep in mind is that you may have a very hard time finding a professional service that is willing to use your lights. Experts prefer to use their own lights as they have to be prepared to stand behind their products. These companies want you to have the best possible light display for your money and choose products they know can be relied on not to break in the middle of the Holiday Season. This is why they prefer to sell or lease lights to you.
Are These Services Expensive?
This in part depends on where you live and of course the company you plan to use. Rates can range from a few hundred dollars up to thousands depending on the number of lights and other items you wish to have in your display. The more elaborate your display, the higher the costs. Other factors that can affect the cost include whether you choose to buy the lights or lease them.
One thing you need to be sure of before you hire anyone to come to your home and put up your Christmas light display is that the company you hire is fully licensed, insured, and bonded. After all, their employees are going to be climbing all over the outside of your house, including your roof. You should also be sure their workers will be using OSHA approved safety harnesses and equipment and ask them what their warranties are like.
Having a professional Christmas light display added to your home can be a wonderful addition to your holiday season and is sure to delight your neighbors, just be sure to do your due diligence before hiring a company to do the work.