Things to Know Before Hiring a Contractor to Hang Christmas Lights Outside
Are you wondering how to hang Christmas lights outside this year? Don’t want to get up on that ladder and do it yourself? It’s definitely not the most fun job to take on during the holiday season, and if you really don’t want to do it, there are a number of companies out there who are eager to help you out…for a price. There are few important factors to consider before hiring a contractor to hang your lights. Consult our checklist before making your calls!
Only Hire a Pro
If you’re going to let someone climb onto your roof to hang Christmas lights outside your house for the holidays, you better make sure they know what they’re doing. There are several things you can do to make sure you’re hiring the right person for the job.
First of all, ask for proof of insurance, and make sure they’re also bonded. This will ensure that you won’t be held liable if anyone working on your house gets injured while doing the job.
You should also ask for references, and actually follow up on them. Ask previous clients about how the contractor’s work turned out, and if they were happy with the service.
Lastly, be sure to ask if what’s included in their services—you not only want them to put the decorations up, but you want them to come back and take them down! Plus, if something goes wrong, will they come back to repair whatever isn’t working? These are questions that you need answered.
How Much Are You Willing to Spend?
Hiring a contractor to decorate your house for the holidays can be expensive. Most often, the job will depend heavily on how many lights and decorations you want to have put up, the size and design of your home’s structure, and the intricacy of the decorations you have.
If you just want lights hung across the front of your ranch-style home, and a few reindeer stood up on your lawn, the job will cost much less than if you want to light up every inch of your Victorian-style home, and set up a full manger on the lawn with a ton of those fan-operated, inflatable snowmen and Santas.
Know what you want before you start calling contractors, and then get several quotes from different companies before making a decision.