Hire a handyman to help prepare for the holidays

Hire a handyman to help prepare for the holidays

Replacing light bulbs, hanging wreaths and lining up the candy canes along the walkway to you front door are time-consuming holiday projects you can leave to a Los Angeles handyman as you complete your holiday shopping.

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Once you decide on who to hire, projects the professional could help with include:

1. Basic décor: Now would be a good time to fix that hole in the wall, or to repaint your dining room that inviting burgundy as the backdrop to your holiday meals.

2. Hanging trim: Whether fresh-cut greenery or a well-constructed imitation, a beautiful swag of ornamented and beribboned fir along the stair railing requires a painstaking eye for illusion as all the nails, tape are hidden. It’s more fun to bake the cookies.

3. Replacing light bulbs: The easy thing to do would be to throw out the whole string. But the earth-friendly thing to do is to replace only the bulbs that have burned out on the light strings you use to outline the roof and/or windows of your house.

4. Stringing lights: Whether they mark your roofline, wind up your columns or twinkle in the trees, lights are a holiday tradition that welcomes your guests to the festivities. A professional has the right equipment to make sure they’re hung correctly and safely.

5. Hanging wreaths: Sure, you can hang on your front door. But what about the house that has the really cool wreaths hanging from the windows? You can decorate as high as you want with a little help.

6. Getting Santa on the roof: If you’re one of those households that prominently display Santa stopping by, you may no longer want to be the one to get it up there. Stay safely on the ground while a handyman scales the roof finding a perfect spot for the sleigh.

7. Yard displays: Those fiber optic and air-filled displays can take up a bit of real estate, meaning they can take a little bit effort to set up, too.

8. Lighting walkways: Whether you have fancy pre-lit mini-trees or luminaries, a handyman can help you get them placed and working correctly.

9. Setting up the Christmas tree: For those who still go out to the Christmas tree farm or just to the local home improvement center to bring the scent of Christmas into the house, it sometimes helps to have an extra pair of hands to get the end sawed off and the tree steadily into its base.

10. Hanging stockings: Not everyone has a mantel, and yet they may want to participate in this time-honored tradition. A handyman can get them hung without leaving nails and holes that are conspicuous the rest of the year.

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