Christmas Lights

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by One Degree, Oct 28, 2003.

  1. One Degree

    One Degree LawnSite Member
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    I was wanting to know the going rate for hanging christmas lights. Do most price it by the hour or by the job. Also where is a good place to by lights by the 1000ft strand. I heard that some people sale the lights and hang them. I am just searching ways to expand my income during the winter months since the grass is dormant and the ground is frozen. Thanks for all input.
  2. GardenTech

    GardenTech LawnSite Member
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    We charge by the hour ( normal labor rate ). It always takes longer than your best guestimate...and Wait until next Year when half the S%#T does't Work...Humbug! remember that there is always the Take Down after the Holiday Season, which is very Weather Related ( was doing Spring Clean Ups when we finally got to put the Xmas stuff away ). And put the stuff away Neatly and Label where everthing went- makes it easier to install next year. If you're stringing trees-evergreens remember next year to sell the customer more lights..trees Grow!
  3. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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  4. Florida 5 Star

    Florida 5 Star LawnSite Member
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  5. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I did some reseach a couple of years ago and came to this conclusion. Charge enough to cover the cost of the new lights and throw them away each year. Unless the customer request specialty lights that are more expensive. Wal-mart & K-mart sell lights so cheap I throw mine away every year. I have gone to the use of the rope lights on the house. You can hook them up to 200' on one plug in. I have not done jobs for other people but I documented the time and expence for my own house to see what I should charge. $500 would cover a $150 materials charge with a $250 install and a $100 removal. Again, I would just YANK them down and throw them away. You could keep a few as back up or give them to the homeowner. I would not try and store them.

  6. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
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    A buddy of mine buys them by the spools and custom fits them to the house. He sells them the lights for a profit, then charges them for installation and removal. He will store them if they want, but perfers not to.

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