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The Holidays Season is here, get something done!

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I throw such a big party on Labor Day for my family I’m just glad to have a holiday with no guests. Maybe it’s because the weather has cooled off and it’s dark earlier. This always settles me down and makes me a little quieter. Starting with Labor Day I basically consider it holiday season until February. I’m your basic American protestant kind of guy. I know there’s all kinds of other religious, national and secular kinds of holidays, but I deal mostly with the big three; Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. If your holidays are different, cool, you get the idea.

Getting work done in a customer’s house during the holiday season can be tricky. So far as customers go, they are all over the map. Some customers wouldn’t dream of having a worker in the house from August to January. They have mountains of decorations or mountains of obligations. Then there’s the customers who just don’t worry. They travel during the holidays, they don’t entertain, they don’t recognize “the big three” or they are just adventuresome. For those of us serving the home owners, booking work through the holidays is important. We’ve got our bills to pay, families to feed and the need for feeling secure in our jobs. But we also don’t like to barge in. This is the tricky part. Our job as service workers is to get work done with the holidays in mind. Not only do homeowners want to be with their families for the holidays, so do we. Plus, despite some stories you’ve heard good service companies want your holidays to go smooth without your house being torn to smithereens while you’re trying to entertain family and friends.

If you think you’re going to get the dining room remodeled before Thanksgiving, you should have it booked by now. Christmas? Same thing. Most service companies are trying to fill those weeks without disrupting the homeowner. If you’re the kind of family traveling out of town or not really celebrating these holidays, you could be a real favorite to a service company trying to stay busy through the holiday season. I’m always a little dismayed at service guys saying it’s slow in the winter or they can’t get work. It’s a little slow, but mostly because of the interruptions. To me it’s a sales challenge. I’ve got some customers who seem to hire my during the holidays on purpose. Booking the time between Christmas and New Years is pretty challenging.

Come to find out some customers like having service done then. Maybe their families are out of town and they like the distraction. Maybe they’re not the kind of people who celebrate Christmas and love to keep things secular. Maybe they just love their service guy or gal and want them to keep the cash flowing through the winter. They’re out there and they book the work.



Imagine that silly job you’ve been putting off. You might be thinking of waiting until two thousand fourteen to do the work because the holidays are coming up. Think again. Call your favorite service person. Trust me, nothing makes the holiday season more relaxing, affordable and thankful than a calendar full of friendly customers with work to do.

Author: Jonas

Working on private homes since 2000 has inspired me to share the experiences and challenges customers face. Homeowners and non-homeowners alike are encouraged to make choices reflecting their hearts and minds. Acting on these choices and the realities of time, money and lifestyle add confidence and peace to the lives of those living in these homes.

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