The holidays can be an exciting time, made even more magical with the addition of holiday lights on many peoples’ homes. If you’re someone who loves holiday lights—and enjoys having them on your own home—then you might be considering a professional service.
After all, as much as you might enjoy having your home lit up for the holidays, it’s also a pretty big hassle. Not only is it a lot of work, but it can be dangerous, too. Climbing a ladder and installing holiday lights is honestly something that is best left to a trained professional.
Of course, if you’re thinking about hiring amongst the Christmas lighting installation companies in Flower Mound, Highland Village, or West Plano, TX, you want to make sure that you choose wisely. You’re looking for someone who will not only produce a professional-looking result, but who will take away the hassles associated with this service.
To help you choose wisely, we’ve rounded up 4 questions that will assist in narrowing your options.
Whenever you are considering hiring a Christmas lighting installation company, you want to make sure that they carry the proper level of insurance. Keep in mind that they should carry both liability and worker’s compensation insurance.
This is simply not an area that you can accept any compromise on.
With Christmas lighting, you’re dealing with electricity and people climbing ladders, both of which are inherently dangerous. If someone were to fall or get hurt while on your property, you want to know that they’re properly covered.
We’ve heard homeowners mistakenly express that they wouldn’t be liable if someone was hurt on their property. However, that’s simply not the case. If the worker was hired by a company that’s not properly insured, the worker can absolutely come after the homeowner.
The truth is, a lot of different companies and organizations get involved in holiday lighting as a revenue driver. Here in North Texas, we see lots of “pop-up” lighting services. These are people that assume holiday lighting is easy enough to do and decide to offer it as a winter service, even if they don’t have the experience.
But this can have an impact on your results. As with any service, you’d rather choose a company that is experienced. After all, if you’re going to invest in a professional, you want it to look professional.
Plus, when you choose one of these “pop-up” types of lighting businesses, it often ends up that they’ve hired independent contractors who aren’t employees of their company. This can create its own set of problems. Most likely, you’d rather hire a company with contractors that are managed directly by the company. It just helps ensure consistency and that the company is committed to getting great results.
There are a lot of different lighting products out there and unfortunately, many of them are pretty cheap. In our experience, we have lost some holiday lighting jobs in the past for a matter of a couple of hundred dollars difference. That difference was because we were using much higher quality, commercial grade materials.
But the truth is, if you’re using something low-quality, it doesn’t even make sense to invest in a professional installation. It’s going to keep breaking and need repairs.
At Grassperson, we are using commercial grade LED lights—not the kind you could buy at a big box store. They are custom-crafted to the exact measurements of your home. They’re also expected to last a least a decade as long as they are professionally installed and properly stored. This is much different from store-bought lights which aren’t made to last the long haul.
Once we custom create lights for your property, you then own them. This means you’ll pay more for our first year of services since you’re also buying the lights. In the future, you’ll just pay the installation fee.
Make sure that you specifically ask what type of lighting the company is installing. We have had homeowners ask us to install lights that they’ve bought from a pop-up holiday lighting company that ultimately went out of business, only to find out they were not commercial grade.
If something goes wrong with your lights, you also want to make sure that you’ve hired a company that will come back and take care of the problem. This probably won’t be the case if you hire a cheap service that installs cheap lights. After all, cheap lights are almost guaranteed to have problems!
But at Grassperson, we repair lights or address issues for no extra charge. Once you’ve invested in having the lights custom created and installed, you gain that guarantee that they’re going to function properly all season long.
While that means you might pay a little bit more for hiring a highly professional company, most homeowners feel that the guarantee that they’ll take care of problems is worth that extra investment.
As you look to hire a holiday lighting service, hopefully these questions will help you narrow down your options to only those companies that you can trust to perform reliable and professional work. The fact is, it’s worth investing in a company that not only has a keen eye for design and can create a truly custom look for your home, but one that will make it a safe and hassle-free experience for you.
The last thing that you want to be worrying about is someone getting hurt on your property or having to deal with a lighting mistake. After all, you’ve hired a professional so that you don’t have to deal with headaches.
When you choose to work with Grassperson, you’ll not only end up with a home that shines brilliantly, but the entire experience will be seamless from start to finish. That means all you have left to do is enjoy your beautiful home and the holiday season.
Ready for an impressive holiday display at your Flower Mound, Highland Village, or West Plano TX home? Get in touch with us so we can discuss your holiday lighting needs.