Some homeowners leave the holiday decorating to the pros
Posted December 5, 2011
Updated December 6, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — Putting up holiday lights outside is a tradition for many families. But some people are opting to leave the heavy lifting to the professionals.
Rhonda Rowe paid JT’s Landscaping to put up Christmas lights on her Wakefield home on Monday.
Jimmy Tompkins said not everyone asking for his company’s help is a holiday light fanatic like Clark Griswold, the lead character in the popular film "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."
“There is not a typical customer. It’s just people that love Christmas lights - the 'Clark Griswolds' and you’ve got your everyday families,” he said.
Homeowners pick the decorations they want out of a catalog, the guys come out, put it on the house and return in January to remove them.
Tompkins’ workers are putting decorations on about 160 homes this season. He said the number is growing every year.
Many people don’t have the time to put lights up, and not everyone is crazy about climbing onto the roof, he said.
“These peaks a lot of these homes have now are huge, and if you're not confident going up that ladder, you're gonna fall,” he said.
Tompkins said leaving the hard work up to the pros lets homeowners focus on holidays.
“It gives them time to do the inside,” he said.
Tompkins said the purchase of the decorations and installation in the first year usually costs about $1,800. The installation costs between $600 and $800 in subsequent years.
Tompkins said his company doesn't make a lot of money off of the service, but it keeps his landscaping employees working through winter.