LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- We all want our houses to look merry and bright for the holidays, but putting up and taking down all of those lights is a pain. Now you can get someone else to do all of the dirty work.
It maybe just Thanksgiving Eve, but the Christmas lights are already up outside many homes and businesses bringing holiday cheer to neighborhoods all over the area. But if you have a display at your house, you probably know it is hard work to get all of those lights to look so good.
If you want your house to look magical for the holidays but don't want to do all the work required, there is a company that will do all of the work for you.
Jim Hafendorfer has been in the landscape business for more than a quarter century. He is the owner of Jungle Jim Landscaping. "Owning a landscaping company is seasonal," he says. "So as the business has grown we have to become creative and find other sources of revenue to keep our guys going year-round."
To try to keep his 60 employees working during the slow season, several years ago he made the decision to buy a franchise business called Brite Ideas.
"The nice thing about this little business," says Hafendorfer, "is that it is holiday lighting. After the leaf season is done, there is kind of a gap between snow and ice removal, so this is a great filler."
Jim's company will install, take down, store, and maintain all of your holiday displays. Customers can choose the type of lighting they want from a catalog.
"It is hard to get up there, especially when you have a tall house," says Sharri Schlafke, one of Jim's customers. "This is just lovely, they take care of it and they maintain it."
Minimum cost is $1,500 so this kind of service is certainly a luxury, but Jim says business is good this year. "It kind of rides the economy," he explains, "so it is kind of an indication that things are getting a little better; we are kind of seeing a resurgence of activity and phone calls that we are getting for the holidays."
Obviously the service is more than worth it for some people. "When you are a kid and see all of the holiday lights, it makes everything more magical," says Sharri.