How a handyman can help hang Christmas lights

For a homeowner, hanging Christmas lights and decorations might not always be as fun as it sounds. House decorating for the holidays can be time-consuming, tedious and even dangerous without the proper tools or experience. While some aspects of home holiday decorating can be happily enjoyed by the whole family, there are some tasks that may just be better left to your Los Angeles handyman.

Whether it is hanging lights perfectly level along the eaves or ensuring the wiring for outdoor decorations is safe and protected from the weather, sometimes it is best to bring in a professional to do the job. Many handymen have a wide range of experience in dealing with the specific tasks and trials related to holiday decorating.

Although not required to be licensed in California if performing work valued at less than $500, be sure to ask your handyman if he is licensed and insured. This way, you ensure you’re getting the best quality work and protecting yourself should an injury occur while on your property.

One of the most difficult and hazardous tasks of home holiday decorating is undoubtedly draping those beautiful, twinkling lights along the roof. Many homeowners are not equipped to do this task safely and could put themselves in danger of a serious fall or injury. A handyman will bring sturdy ladders and safety equipment for reaching the required height to place decorations. If roof climbing is needed to place lights or decorations, a homeowner should definitely leave this kind of risky task up to an experienced pro.

Hiring a handyman to help out is also a wise decision if a homeowner plans on running a variety of Christmas lights or other decorations requiring electricity. Overloaded circuits could cause fuse blowouts or power failures. Badly wired or improperly grounded current lines could ruin decorations, cause home damage or -- even more frightening -- spark a fire. A professional experienced in electrical wiring will ensure your sockets are not overloaded, you are using power efficiently and you are not in danger of accidentally burning down the house.

Hiring a handyman to help with holiday home decorating can reduce homeowner stress and make sure the job gets done safely in a minimum amount of time. With knowledge and skills, a hired helper can turn what might otherwise be days of struggle into an easy success. Angie’s List has more than 2,000 professionals in the Los Angeles area who can help start your holidays off right.


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