Augusta-area homeowners get help from Christmas decorating businesses

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 Twinkling lights, green garland and big red bows are showing up by the day as homeowners prepare for the holidays. But not everyone goes to the trouble of climbing ladders and untangling strings of lights.

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Kelvin Waters, of Christmas and Nite Time Decors, preps a Christmas wreath for hanging.   Sara Caldwell/Staff
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Kelvin Waters, of Christmas and Nite Time Decors, preps a Christmas wreath for hanging.

Area businesses that specialize in Christmas lighting and decorations say their crews decorate a large number of homes the week after Thanksgiving. Customers want the holiday cheer without the sometimes stressful and time-consuming decoration process.

“There are some things people are going to farm out, and this makes sense because nobody wants to get on a roof,” said Dick Hadlock, the owner of Christmas and Nite Time Decors of Augusta.

Hadlock bought the franchise in 2007 and has found that his business has a reliable niche of customers who haven’t sacrificed his services even in tough economic times.

“Christmas is something people don’t want to give up,” he said.

His business grew steadily for the first few years, but only had a slight increase in the number of jobs this holiday season. Two-thirds of his customers are homeowners, and the rest are businesses, such as doctor’s offices, and churches.

Patrick and Karen Otis, franchise owners of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Augusta, expanded their year-round business to include a holiday decorating service last year. Regular customers repeatedly asked for Christmas lighting, but the owners hesitated to add on more tasks during an already busy time for their business.

“There’s a short window of time,” Patrick Otis said. “People don’t want it up before Thanksgiving, but they don’t want it up Dec. 20, either. Ideally, everyone wants it up the day after Thanksgiving.”

Customers must purchase the professional lights instead of using their own. In return, they receive the added convenience of someone else installing, taking down and storing lights, Otis said.

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TK3 11/30/11 - 10:34 pm
Nice but No

Nice but No thanks;
"Customers must-purchase the professional lights instead of using their own."

faithson 12/01/11 - 09:57 am
What ever happened to

What ever happened to rounding up a couple of local teenagers to help put up the holiday trimmings, Oh yea, that involves actually 'doing' the work, something many have deemed, below their pay grade. Writing a check is so much easier, easier being the catchword.. awe it's great to have wealth in America, you can get your cake and eat it too...

lieutenantkitten 12/01/11 - 04:01 pm
TK3, I am not trying to hurt

TK3, I am not trying to hurt your standpoint, but think about it in terms of legality and business. This is a company that decorates for you. I wouldn't ask that a catering service use my pots and food I bought. That is just asking for trouble. There is no way they can gurantee the work.
And Faithson, don't be so negative, show a little "faith." This is a company that has a lot potential for helping the elderly still enjoy the holidays. And forget just the elderly, because I knew some people who fell off the roof of their house. No one wants that during a time where there should be plently of joy. Also, I am sure many bosses would prefer to pay a company to set up decorations rather than paying their employees to be doing something other than their regular job.
The article makes these holiday trimmers sound fast and efficient, something that a business would prefer. I doubt that the price is outrageous if they are that fast and that they haven't seen a loss lately.

Cadence 12/01/11 - 05:26 pm
There are no teenagers where

There are no teenagers where I live and the younger ones want insurance/benefits/overtime and still don't want to do any work. It isn't like it used to be.

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