ChristmasLightEstimates.com Shares Top 5 Tips When Choosing a Christmas Lighting Company

Holiday lighting referral company offers guidelines to reduce stress when shopping for local Christmas light service this holiday season.

/EINPresswire.com/As Americans approach the holiday season during a down economy, a rise of fly-by-night companies begin to surface offering to perform a variety of labor services, notably holiday lighting. Homeowners seeking lighting services can protect themselves from these shady companies by following a few simple guidelines. In the spirit of "buyer beware", ChristmasLightEstimates.com, a national holiday lighting referral company, has listed out the top 5 things one should consider before hiring a Christmas light installer this holiday season.

1. ARE THEY INSURED?
In the event something was to go wrong, it is common to ask if the crew chief of their company carries a general liability policy and what their limits are. At a minimum, they should carry a general liability policy with $500,000 coverage (more coverage is necessary for larger structures). They should also have an "electrical apparatus" clause on their policy which provides coverage stemming from electrical currents if a fire begins.

Tip: If they say they are insured through their "other company" that operates outside the holiday season, then one should ask for a copy of their insurance certificate and make sure it's still current.

2. HOW LONG HAVE THEY BEEN IN BUSINESS?
Asking about their experience or inquiring on what kinds of jobs they have done in the past is also a good practice. Property managers in charge of commercial plazas would want to know if they have experience lighting commercial buildings and not just homes. It is common for professional lighting companies who specialize in commercial jobs to own their own lift. Experienced lighting installers often add an element of quality to the job and instill proper safety measures. Inexperienced installers, on the other hand, increase the risk of burned out strands or even worse, dangerous overloaded circuits.

3. DO THEY HAVE PICTURES OF THEIR WORK?
Ensuring the lighting installation company candidate has pictures of previous jobs can help set clear expectations. Some customers seek something outside the norm to impress their in-laws. There are plenty of lighting companies that employ interior/exterior designers who offer Christmas tree decorating services. Other designers may offer extravagant exterior displays that would make the Griswalds blush.

4. DO THEY HAVE REFERENCES?
Experienced lighting contractors will have a list of professional references that can vouch for their service. The list will contain names, phone numbers and email addresses of past clients that could quickly be verified. The fact the company has such a list can immediately provide peace of mind.

5. WHAT KIND OF GUARANTEE IS OFFERED?
If the lights go out, will they return to fix it in a timely manner? Will they be back in January to take the lights down? Buyers should have a good understanding on what kind of service level they offer in the event the lights start to malfunction. This is especially important during peak periods for the lighting company to make time for customers if something goes awry.

Tory Smith, owner of ChristmasLightEstimates.com recommends getting more than one quote, but do so before Thanksgiving. "Christmas light companies are swamped with installs at the end of November into December - prices can double if you wait too late in the season due to supply and demand."

He also mentions that companies offering "cheap Christmas light installation" often don't warranty their work or use industrial grade lighting materials. This can leave customers with burned out bulbs, shoddy installation and an overall negative experience. Smith says "The cliché 'you get what you pay for' is very apparent when it comes to holiday lighting. Most of our lighting partners start at $400, but realize they are very experienced, possess liability insurance and stand behind their work."

About ChristmasLightEstimates.com

ChristmasLightEstimates.com matches homeowners and businesses seeking holiday lighting with experienced and insured holiday lighting companies across the United States. Their lighting partners provide free on-site estimates and the majority have at least 5 years of experience.

About ChristmasLightEstimates.com

ChristmasLightEstimates.com matches homeowners and businesses seeking holiday lighting with experienced and insured holiday lighting companies across the United States. Their lighting partners provide free on-site estimates and the majority have at least 5 years of experience.

Media Contact:
Tory Smith
ChristmasLightEstimates.com
2145977979
http://www.christmaslightestimates.com





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