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Holiday Lighting

Discussion in 'Christmas Trees & Seasonal' started by smarino21, Nov 20, 2006.

  1. smarino21

    smarino21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 345

    i wanna get into holiday lighting. Any help would be appreciated? How do people charge per stran or hourly? DO you rent the customer the lights or just have them buy them off of you ?
     
  2. Maitland Man

    Maitland Man LawnSite Member
    Posts: 175

    ......and how the heck do you get the lights to be soooo straight? Special "light bars"?

    Dennis
     
  3. cadzilla500

    cadzilla500 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 49

    Yea, this sounds like a great thing to do in fall to make extra money. I was wondering the same things, hopefully someone can answer these questions.
     
  4. evergreenedmond

    evergreenedmond LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    use all in 1 clips from a commerdial supplier to get the lights straight. Christmas lights can create an insane amount of money.
     
  5. Grass-Masters

    Grass-Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 424

    How do you charge for lights, flat rate or monthly. Roughly how much should we charge.
     
  6. Mr.Mow-It-All

    Mr.Mow-It-All LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 507

    Its hard to say, evergreenedmond helped me get started this year. I have been doing a lot this past couple of weeks. I figured up how much 100 feet roughly cost, then double that, then just figure your time at your rate. Small house we did today was about 165 feet of C9 clear lights and 1500 mini lights for 5 small holly trees. Took me and one of my guys 2.5 hours and charged $507. My cost for products was about $150. I am very small time compared to evergreenedmond but even doing small stuff its great seasonal money. I got rained out today or else we could have done 3 just like this one.

    Don't buy the 25' foot cheap lights from walmart, homedepot, lowes, etc... Find a distributor. We buy a 1000' foot roll of wire and cut it to fit our needs, the lights, wire, clips etc, is much better quality.

    By the way J, if you read this when you get back from the other side, CONGRATS.
     
  7. NY Landscape Lighting

    NY Landscape Lighting LawnSite Member
    Posts: 121

    That project should fetch around 1,000.00 in my opinion. And I am not overpriced.
     
  8. Mr.Mow-It-All

    Mr.Mow-It-All LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 507


    If your talking about my job, if you can get more than $70 per man hour, more power to you. You have to remember I'm in Oklahoma, your in NY. This wasn't a hard job, everything done with an 8 foot step ladder, no high, steep roof, pretty basic.
     
  9. NY Landscape Lighting

    NY Landscape Lighting LawnSite Member
    Posts: 121

    Being a lower roof would lower the cost. I was also talking about new lights install, removal and boxing.
     
  10. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 663

    Probally around 750-900 for here.
     

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