- How do your services work?
Our services begin after you have visited our gallery, like our capability and contacted us online or call 201 218 1644.
Once you reach out to us, we’ll chat about your lighting tastes i.e., would you prefer classy or whimsical? Subtle or extravagant? Are you planning to entertain – family-friends ~ business or both, age of children – so we get a good idea about your preferences as no two houses will ever be the same.
After you commission our services*, approximately 4 hours of creative and exhaustive time is spent as we come up with 10-20 ideas with your preferences in mind and proceed to create a comprehensive customized one of a kind individual blue print design. Only then can scaling the zones and an estimate be generated since no two types of light solutions come in standard lengths. Each idea is presented as a zone. Within each zone there may be up to 5 or more different lighting solutions which will range from incandescent lighting (lower priced) to LED (higher priced) .. Within a day or two, we will contact you to arrange a time to review it with your family.
* ($50 applied to installation)
The fun part begins when we meet! Here’s your chance to take the reins for design and budget by selecting which zones you want to light and what kind of lighting you want for which zones. With our guidance, this is when we articulate over design, options, symmetry, color, balance and accent bringing the project to life for the perfect award winning Christmas wonderland.
Costs are determined by the number of light sets and include all materials, labor, including use of our aerial lift and bucket trucks.
Removal is included as we pack it away in your garage or basement for safe keeping. Next year, costs are for labor only and will average between 60–80% depending on how elaborate you get this year.
Once you have selected the desired zones and elect to move forward, a copy of the original art work will be provided along with an installation date. The blue print as we call it is a “work in progress.” Many of our customers add on over the years a zone here or there or simply tweak it over time just to mix it up and keep it interesting!
• What is “Holiday Light Installer Insured”?
Insurance which empowers us to handle larger lighting installations from homes to strip malls and office buildings. Some of our jobs require tall ladders, bucket trucks, lifts, and skilled equipment operators. Insurance give us — and our customers –peace of mind. After all, lighting installation is electrical work, can be dangerous and should not be left to the amateurs.
• Our landscaper or pool guy says he can hang our lights if we want them to…
Most landscaping companies can put up a string or two without too much concern. Beyond that, holidays can be disastrous when the guy who mows your lawn or cuts your shrubs is climbing ladders for the first time this year, perhaps without rubber feet at the end of their ladders thereby-nicking your fresh paint or denting your gutters and siding, or climbing roofs and handling electric for the first time all year. Unlike other companies, our culture — here at Power Wash Seal Of Bergen County as exterior restoration experts 365 days per year let’s us bring the right skill sets, installation tools, aerial equipment to the job site.
We are always on roofs, scaling houses and buildings so it’s second nature to us. We know how to handle ourselves when it comes to installing holiday lights without compromising the integrity of your home’s surface.
We have the right know how.
• Why should I trust Powerwash Seal of Bergen County with my lighting needs?
Many franchises offer cookie-cutter products, but PWSOFBC takes a more creative approach.
Our approach is more classic and old world.
We work with ice lights, mini’s, candy canes, bows, ribbon, wreaths and the large retro C-9’s (we still have them in the Ceramic Multi Color and now it’s also available in cut glass crystal LED).
We provide you with hand-drawn custom designs so no two houses ever look the same.
Most importantly, the lights remain in your possession and all sales are final. Our lighting designs showcase your home’s character and your specific tastes.
• Do you offer LED lights? (And should I use them?)
Yes, we offer LED Mini’s (Conical) and C-9 (Larger Retro look reminiscent of yesteryear) in clear, soft white, red, green, and multi-color.
New for 2016/2017, we now offer the retro looking C-9 in LED -in a look alike cut glass for a crystal look in both Warm White and Multi Color. The look and charm of the old world now comes with the brilliance of color and energy savings unheard of! LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights were introduced a few years back to save on the cost of electric, and achieve a brighter light. The first generation of LED lights gave off a whitish, bluish glow that many felt was cold and un-traditional. All our new LED technology is here and now, is fully rectified and comes in a warm white so there’s no more shimmering ~~flickering and more beautiful than ever.
While LED lights cost a bit more to purchase upfront, the electrical savings are phenomenal and so we do recommend using them.
• Why don’t you store lights?
Many competitors may offer to store your lights, but to protect our customers, we do not provide this service. These companies may force your hand in next year’s installation, or disappear next year due to lost licenses when you want to reclaim your property. Instead, we remove your lights for free and pack them up in customer-supplied containers for storage. This free service begins the second week in January, after “Little Christmas,” or sooner if you would like to be put on the special list.
It is our hope that the quality of our services — and our commitment to bring our customers joy and satisfaction throughout the holiday season — is what inspires them to keep us coming back year after year to install their holiday lighting.
All that said, we do offer storage for leased lights (see more information about our leasing program below.)
• How much does it cost to re-install the holiday lights PWS designed and installed last year?
The cost of re-installation is based on chartered man-hours, and can range from 60 to 80 percent of the installation’s original cost. Cost- may vary due to factors which include use of garland requiring lots of fluff and puff, shrubbery growth and repair of damaged lights — a result of harsh weather — which may also lead to additional material costs.
• Can we buy lights and have your company install ours with yours?
No. You really shouldn’t.
Each manufacturer has their own specifications. A 2 watt difference or a volt up or down can mean the difference in green looking lime or red looking orange or clear white looking yellow or too bright, and detracts from that professional look. We only guarantee the lights we provide and install.
• Can we buy our own lights and have Power Wash Seal of Bergen County install them?
PWSBC prefers not to install lights or use extension cords you provide as there is a wide spectrum of quality and price. We use decorator quality which is a step above most retailers. We will however provide an extended warranty and keep your lights lit thru the holiday season. For the best possible results, please trust us to provide all materials and guarantees.
• We can now lease you our lights. What is the advantage?
Leasing enables you to get into spirit at a slightly lower cost. If you think you are going to only use the lights for 1 or 2 seasons, or are considering moving shortly, don’t want to be bogged down with extra lights, or simply even like to change it up every 3rd year, then leasing may make sense. Leasing comes with off-premise storage and provides a continuous guarantee, however in the second year there may be miscellaneous expenses ie., fresh bows, ribbon, netting, etcetera.
• What’s a “sequenced light show”?
A sequenced light show is a special service Power Wash Seal can install. Sequenced light shows consist of a custom, animated light show that is synchronized to music. If you’d like your home to be the brightest one on the block, contact us! NOTE: Sequenced lighting show installations require approximately three months notice.
Contact us should you have any further questions or call 201 218 1644.