Expanding into Holiday Lighting

Discussion in 'Christmas Trees & Seasonal' started by SainLawncare, May 12, 2011.

  1. SainLawncare

    SainLawncare LawnSite Member
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    I am thinking of expanding into holiday lighting. Do you have any suggestions on which company to go with? Is a franchise the best and only route?
     
  2. hotrod1965

    hotrod1965 LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you already have a really good client base and are in good standing with the community... then I wouldn't go with a franchise. You will have lower start up costs and most likely will make the same $$$.

    Your biggest concern should be learning how to market and how to install. If I were you, I would keep it pretty simple your first year so you don't get overwhelmed!
     
  3. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,123

    I'm also looking to get into holiday lighting. My biggest concern is height safety. Everything we do now is on the ground, does anyone have tips for installing lights on 2 and 3 story houses or commercial buildings?

    My guys are fearless, and would climb a building like spiderman if I let them, but I can't have them falling off ladders/buildings.
     
  4. addictedtolandscaping

    addictedtolandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 569

    If you end up using a lift, the company is required by law to provide you with harness' that will have a lanyard that will hook into the basket. My bucket truck also has tie off points. I almost fell off a roof a few yers ago, ok, the fourth time, I finally got down. The next day I went to a tree climbing store and dropped the money on a harness, ropes, etc. I have a few projects that are only accessible by ladder, and end up all the way at the top. You will be surprised how quickly you can make a roof line connection. Then of course back down you go, down comes the ladder, over a couple feet and then back up. Unfortunately, I have nothing to tie off to at these homes, so no other option.

    I do have a few trees that are 30' plus and one project that a wreath is 70 plus feet up. The trees are bucket truck, and the wrath is an 80' boom lift. There are also 19 trees that get done with min i lights at the project the wreath is on, the bucket truck gets used there as well.
     

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