Profitt Report: Dread hanging holiday lights? Services will do the work for you

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Putting up the Christmas tree and hanging up stockings is usually a welcome holiday chore. However, hanging up lights outside your home is a different story.

If you’re imagining your home decked out like Clark Griswold’s from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” those 25,000 lights are going to take some leg work.

“A lot of people tolerate putting them up but taking them down is a whole different ball game,” said Mark Haskin, owner of Shine in Midland.

His business designs, hangs up and takes down holiday light displays for homes and businesses throughout the tri-cities. Haskin’s crew has been working since October.

“It’s definitely a service that's becoming much more popular,” he said.

Here’s how it works: you talk to Haskins, figure out what kind of lighting you’re looking for and they come up with a design plan.

“We can do like a typical C9 bulb… we can do the icicle lights that people like, then we have different mini lights we put in bushes and trees,” he said.

Customers purchase the lights from Shine’ they’re all LED with a three-year warranty. Shine doesn’t hang up customer’s lights.

“We're able to come up with basic, elegant, simple designs and ideas, or we can get really fun and creative with some different, not-so-traditional Christmas colors,” Haskin said.

So, how much will this cost you?

“The first year people can spend anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars depending on the size of the display,” he said, “most residential basic jobs could be around $1,000 for that first year.”

After that initial investment in the lights, you’re only paying for labor in the years following and Haskin said you’ll see about a 50 percent drop in price.

“A lot of times we have customers who maybe don't have the budget to do all the lights they want the first year, they do a little bit the first year and they can add on the years following,” he said.

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