Light work: Homeowners hiring others to put up holiday decorations

November 21, 2018 05:41 PM

WILTON - As the snow fell lightly Wednesday and the temperature struggled to get above 30, the McNab family was working its holiday decorating magic.

However, this isn't their home. They own a company called Murphy Lawn, doing lawn care and seasonal maintenance.

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They recently added a service that's on the rise -- putting up holiday lights for customers. They figure they already clean gutters, why not add holiday lights too.

"Everyone enjoys the benefits but getting there can be difficult," said Ash McNab, co-owner of Murphy Lawn.

"The snow came pretty early and we just started getting calls flooded in," said her husband, John, co-owner of the business.
They say the calls are coming from people who are just too busy, or too old, or sick to be climbing a ladder in the cold.

The timing is perfect for the Calhoun Family of Wilton, who if it wasn't for Murphy Lawn, their home wouldn't be very festive this year.

"In February I had a bone marrow transplant," said Jim Calhoun, who has leukemia and can't get out to decorate for Christmas, which also happens to be his birthday. His wife, Karin, is recovering from back surgery.

Their home wouldn't have been decorated this year if it wasn't for Murphy Lawn.

"It means the world to me. I don't really know what to say. I'm so overwhelmed. And for someone to reach out to me like that,it's amazing."

For Karin Calhoun, the lights put up by the McNab family are a holiday reminder of how fortunate they are to have survived leukemia.

"Christmas is going to be every day for the rest of my life, because I have him here with me," she said.

Murphy Lawn is doing the Calhoun house free of charge using donated lights, but the going rate is roughly $2 per linear foot, saying homeowners can expect to pay between $80 and $250, which includes taking them down.

"We can get you on the calendar really quick. There's someone nearby with a ladder and a string of lights," said Ash McNab.


Mark Mulholland

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