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10 years ago, you may not have even been able to find a company in Grand Rapids that installed outdoor holiday lighting. Now, a simple google search may yield several results for professional holiday lighting companies who provide that service! Many of our clients start with a similar concern; “How do I know which installation service is right for me?” Here are just 3 simple ways to choose a professional holiday lighting installer best suited to your needs.

How Much Does Holiday Lighting Installation Cost?

Do I rent my lights, or do I own them?

  • This is going to be a big factor in your decision. Consider this- If you’re only doing the display for a party or maybe you just want to decorate for one season, then using a company that provides the “service-only” model probably makes more sense for you to use. Much like catering a party, the service provider will supply the lights, put them up, take them down, and that’s that. It is on a per basis, and you do not own the materials.
  • Conversely, if you enjoy having holiday decorations up every year, or and it’s something you intend to do year-after-year, then hiring a company who sells the materials to you and charges for the installation/takedown accordingly will likely provide better value in the long-run. While there will likely be a higher first-year cost, a significant cost-savings may be realized during subsequent years while you’re only paying for installation.

Do I need a professional holiday lighting installer?

My mowing company said they could do it…

There are a couple things to consider here…

  • Make sure the company has appropriate experience and insurance to be on your roof. The last thing you need is an under-insured mow guy taking a bad fall!
  • Second, consider what your expectations are. Are you looking for input on the design of the display? Are you expecting something unique and attractive? If you want a “professional” looking display with nice straight lights and a clean finished look, you could save yourself some serious headache by hiring a professional.

Be Aware Of What You’re Buying

The cost to have Christmas lights professionally installed can vary greatly. You don’t need anyone to tell you that you get what you pay for, and there is no exception here. While considering a professional installer you should ask questions like:

  • Am I getting Incandescent or LED lights? And what might my increase in electricity consumption be due to the display?
  • Will I be charged for service calls?
  • What if a bulb burns out or some other type of malfunction occurs, will I be responsible for that?
  • What type of warranty do the materials come with?

We hope this information helps bring more joy to your holiday season, at your home or business!