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Landscaping and Holiday Lighting Service – Is This a Good Mix?

If you are a landscaper by profession, I bet you worry about winters as there is less demand for landscaping then. So, what do you do in your winter months – Relax? Vacation? What if you have an avenue open to you for making more money? Holiday lighting service is a perfect add on business for any landscaper. These two businesses blend in perfectly with each other.
 
As a landscaper, you already have a huge client list, right? So, you can try and monetize them further by using one of these ideas –

  1. Make a brochure advertising your new holiday lighting service and hand over to each of your clients.
  2. Offer them slight discounts if they book in advance. Say something like – Avail 10% discounts on Christmas lights if you book this August. It will induce them to book through you plus you can plan the manpower and lighting requirements well in advance and plan accordingly.

Landscaping is an outdoor business and generally those who use a landscapers service would most definitely use a Christmas lights for decoration in the festive season. In fact, these days all homes and offices light up during Christmas and very few do it themselves. With huge office spaces, it is practically impossible to decorate and light up the whole office – Of course people may do their own work stations or cabins but the entire office is a job of an expert. You can be that expert for 10000′s of companies in your state.

The Advantages Of Having A Landscaped Exterior

When it comes to decorating their homes, a lot of people choose to go all out on the interior spaces such as the living room, bedroom, and kitchen. They spend a lot of time and money purchasing expensive pieces of furniture and equipment to furnish the interior that they often neglect what’s on the exterior.

What’s on the outside of the home however is just as important as what’s on the inside. After all, the exterior of the house is the first thing that people notice.

This is where landscaping comes in. There are only so many ways you can design the exterior and landscaping is one of them. One advantage of having a well-manicured lawn is that it can make the house appear grander than it really is, especially if you can incorporate a fountain or statue into your landscape.

Regardless of the size of your home, there are so many advantages to hiring a contractor to landscape your exterior. Aside from the aesthetic value it brings, a landscaped exterior can also increase the value of your house.

Plus, landscaping is a great way to maximize the space you already have. With a landscaped backyard, you can create useful spaces outside your home that you and your family can enjoy. It can literally expand your house without the necessity of having to erect walls.

Of course, the choice of what to make of the space created is entirely up to you. You can choose to convert the landscaped lawn into a lounge area by adding chairs, tables, and lamps. Just make sure that the chairs are sturdy enough to withstand the changes in temperature. On the other hand, there are a lot of beautiful lamps available that can brighten the area and serve as a decorative piece for when you host barbecue parties and the like.

When it comes to landscaping, you can also choose to surround your home with plants. Having a lot of plants can help keep the heat down so you can save on electricity.

Not to mention, a garden can be good for your health. Plants can lessen the carbon dioxide in the air so you can breathe fresher air.

Should You Spend Money Landscaping Your Lawn?

In today’s economy, everything has gotten much more expensive, so is it worthwhile hiring a landscaper? I too have been asking this because money has been tight in the last couple years. Professional landscaping isn’t cheap and unfortunately it’s something that you have to think about doing every year.

The real question now is landscaping worth your while as a homeowner? Your situation may be different but I think it is. I’ve discovered that landscaping is like haircutting. If you let your hair grow for a long period of time, your haircut cost more. It all comes down to the fact that this can be more work to do. Landscaping to me is pretty much the same thing. If you leave your lawn to its own devices for a few years it’ll cost a lot more to get back up to a pristine state.

If you take the time to maintain your lawn or hire professional landscaper to touch it up every year then your lawn should be much faster and cheaper to maintain on a yearly basis. Plus as you learn to take care of your lawn you can consider just purchasing landscaping supplies as you need them at a much lower cost and doing the labor yourself.

I know if you’re looking to sell your house, landscaping your front lawn is absolutely required. You always get the money you pay for professional landscaping back when you sell your house. I’ve been watching the real estate market for some time in my neighborhood and beautifully landscaped front yards do sell a home for much more.

Needless to say, this does make sense. If you talk to anybody you know, they will judge whatever you present them within seconds. So goes to say that if you try to sell your home a potential customer will gauge how good your home is by how good your front lawn looks. People do judge present by its package.

I did some research just now and discover that a study in the United States has found that a properly landscaped home will sell for 5.5% to 12% more than homes that are not landscaped. At the home sells for $250,000, at 5.5% that could be a $13,000 difference.

Plus I do recommend consulting a professional landscaper if you don’t know what you’re doing. Remember that landscaping is more than just making sure your lawn is cut. Bringing the professional landscaper let you get a professional and creative point of view for your particular situation. I found in my own experience that any type of interior decorator or landscaper that is truly professional is worth their weight in gold.

Allow this professional to plan out your lawn, and make it much better than what it is. Allow this person to suggest new ideas to you including the best shrubbery you can use for your particular climate. Plus many them are more than willing to show you how to keep your new beautiful lawn beautiful.

Before wrapping up here’s one final thought. Be sure to get recommendations from people who you trust as this will help you choose the right landscaper for your needs. Unfortunately like any other industry this can be really good landscapers and really bad ones too. Imagine spending a lot of money and not getting what you’re hoping for.