Twinkling Lights

Don’t let the chore of untangling your outdoor Christmas lights steal your holiday joy. Hire a professional to give your home a seasonal glow without the fuss.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

Nothing says Christmas like twinkling lights, but hanging them can be exhausting and dangerous. This year, let one of 417-land’s outdoor companies handle the hard work for you. Their experts can transform your home from boring to festive in no time.

The process begins with a call to request a free estimate from a technician, who comes to your home to discuss design options and measure the linear footage of where you want lights. Most people decorate the gutter line and front eaves, if not the entire roofline, but bulbs can also be wrapped around columns or used to illuminate the perimeter of your driveway or landscape beds. “It really depends on the customer’s budget,” says Dallas Hord, owner of Vision Landscape (417-861-1154, thelandscapingpros.com). “A lot of people just want something simple to give them nice color. On other houses, we do a lot more.” Many of Vision Landscape’s clients use custom-cut strands, and others prefer the company to install lights they already have on-hand. 

The concept is similar at Ozark Outdoor Services (417-890-4009, ozarkoutdoorservices.com). Co-owner Pete Buckler and his team install Christmas lights on close to 100 residential, commercial and government properties each year. “We provide everything and take care of the customer from beginning to end,” he says. At no extra charge, customers can see a 3-D photo of their home with the selected design before the job begins. “Everything is very custom,” Buckler says. 

Hiring a lighting technician is the way to go. You don’t have to make multiple trips to the hardware store or waste time needed for other chores. But the most important factor to consider is personal safety. When freezing temperatures bring sleet, snow and ice, let the pros fight those treacherous weather conditions. “There are too many variables for a homeowner,” Hord says. “You’re talking about not only getting up on roofs that could be slippery but also dealing with electricity. We have the equipment and knowledge to handle the job.”

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