Hire a Pro to Hang Up Christmas Lights

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frank m


We hired a contractor to install lights in a 40 ft. tall x 40 ft. wide tree in our front yard. Two years ago we had the work done by an arborist who used ropes, tackle, and safety harnesses. Last year we used a contractor who used a bucket. The cost by the arborist was $200. The cost using the man lift was $600. Both were licensed contractors. I recommend that only licensed, bonded, and insured contractors with workers comp and liability insurance be allowed to work on one's property. Next, I recommend that the contractor own his/her own equipment and not use rented equipment. It was the rental of the lift that drove the price up.

Kevin Wilson


I have done this for the last three years and have enjoyed it! I decorate in Raleigh, NC and have one person helping me. We start around $600 for a small leasing package and goes up from there. The most I have charged was $1300 to decorate a home.

Don Kennedy


Do an online search for the terms "hang holiday lights pittsburgh pa" and you will get several people to call. Typically handyman or electrican companies offer this as an ancillary service during the holidays.

jacqueline G


Where do you find people to do this sort of thing on a much smaller scale in my area, ie. Pittsburgh, PA Also what about indoor decorating?

Billy Bob


who can afford this? And we're supposed to be in rough financial straits? Wow. It's a great gig if you can get it.

Colleen Catapano


I am extremely happy that people can afford this extravagance at Christmas. I sure hope they are donating as much to Toys for Tots, or the food banks during this recession.

Gwynne Henry


I would LOVE to hire someone to do this....but I am in San Diego County, CA



The article states have christmans done by a pro. Professional installers. Yet photos show workers in sneakers on the roof. not very professional or allowed by OSHA

Don Kennedy


Excellent article. As a provider for Christmas light and holiday decor hanging services in Cincinnati, I can attest to the importance of having a professional installer assume the risk from injury common among homeowners who attempt to do this project on their own. I have a free guide that will assist homeowners in their holiday light displays, which can be found at http://www.mastermylist.com/holiday-lights/preventing-holiday-light-horror/ .

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.