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Off-Season Work: Holiday Odd Jobs for Painters and Wallpaper Hangers

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When you work as a house painter and wallpaper hanger most of the year, the work is pretty steady in the warmer months. However, if you work in the northern half of the U.S., you are out of work/laid off during the winter months. This is due to the nature of paint, its ability to dry during colder months, and the necessity for heat to help affix wallpaper. If you need cash in the winter (and who does not?), then here are a few odd jobs you could do to keep money flowing in.

Gutter Cleaning

It is a nasty job, but somebody has to do it, and most homeowners would prefer that somebody be anybody but themselves. You are already equipped with ladders, tools, and equipment, so that somebody could be you. When it gets too cold to paint and hang wallpaper anymore in the fall, you could offer gutter cleaning service. You may have to compete with roofers, but, if you offer this service to your previous customers, you can beat the roofers to the job and get some seasonal work and income too.

Outdoor Security Camera Installations

Outdoor security cameras that require no lighting have to be installed around the house and property. This is really a two-person job, since the homeowner needs to see where the cameras are focused while someone else (i.e., you) screw the cameras to the sides or corners of the house and/or garage. Again, because you have the ladders, tools, and safety knowledge, this is a good service to provide to customers in your area who need some extra help with this type of project.

Holiday Lighting Installations

People love the holidays, with all of the lights in the yard and in or on the house. What they do not love is hanging lights outside and installing lighting displays. It takes a lot of work, often an entire Saturday or Sunday to set up. Trying to get the job done on a day when it is not snowing is also difficult.

Installing holiday lighting displays is fast becoming a popular service, since many homeowners can hire someone to install and hang lights outside while the homeowners are away at work. As someone who regularly installs wallpaper and climbs ladders to paint, you could offer this as a seasonal service to everyone in your area. Additionally, you could also offer to take the lights down at the end of the holiday season or when the weather warms up again.

For more information, talk to companies like Artios Painting that also work in holiday lighting installation.