Summer is the ideal season for home improvement projects. With long, warm and sunny days, homeowners can spend hours outdoors painting the sides of their homes or plotting out their garden. Inside, people are able to paint rooms and replace furniture or carpeting because they can leave the windows and doors open.
While upgrading any part of your home can be exciting, it's important to carefully choose which projects would bring value to your home and make your life easier. Here are four ideal projects to tackle this summer:
Ideally, your customer's won't wait until they're miserably hot to begin assessing the state of their air conditioner or ceiling fans. Homeowners should take care of this task sooner rather than later, Bob Vila explained. If their air conditioner is on its last legs, it may be prone to shutting down when overworked - in other words, it may quit just when they need it most.
Tell your customers to begin their assessment by simply turning on their system.
"Standing next to the appliance can tell you a lot about its condition," David Kenyon, product manager at Sears Home Services, told Bob Vila.
While it's on, they should listen for odd sounds and feel for airflow. If their system sounds off or they're underwhelmed by the breeze coming out, show them what offerings you have that can improve the climate in their home.
Replacing windows when it's cold outside is never fun for the customer. As such, many wait until the weather is warm and dry to complete this project. Contractors can generally expect their customers to come by asking about window replacements in the summer. Bob Vila noted that there are two major advantages to new windows that all customers should be aware of:
Replacing windows at the beginning of summer can keep your customers' homes cool during the upcoming months, plus the benefits will carry over when they're trying to keep their homes toasty warm. Additionally, upgrading security features on their windows with things like safety glass or window guards can deter opportunistic thieves.
The roof is one of the most important features of a home. Unfortunately, a problem with the roof isn't likely to be noticed unless it's specifically sought out. After a harsh winter, your customers should be making time to inspect their roofs, U.S. News & World Report implored. A hidden leak or worn-away shingles can give way to extensive water damage inside their homes, inviting a plethora of expensive problems, like mold or termites.
"A hidden leak or worn-away shingles can give way to extensive water damage."
Homeowners should make it a priority to double check that their roof is in good condition before autumn, so that any necessary repairs can be made before winter sets in. As Angie's List pointed out, a leaky roof in the winter will only get worse under the stress of snow and ice. Whatever is underneath the leaky roof is also in danger. When moisture seeps into a home, it can cause mold and mildew to grow, plus water damage can negatively affect walls, insulation, carpeting and other home features.
If a home's paint job is beginning to peel, it's time for an upgrade. Paint does more than make a home look nice - it also protects the siding from the elements. Bob Vila pointed out that peeling paint could lead to costly problems related to damage to the home's siding. It's better to address this sooner rather than later, as any rainstorm can cause further damage to a deteriorating paint job, or the home underneath.
The exterior of the home isn't the only place your customers may be thinking about painting. Changing the color of a room or updating the paint is the perfect task to take on during the summer, as homeowners can open their windows up wide without worrying about freezing as you paint.
As summer quickly approaches, it's important that homeowners make sure their houses are prepared for the warmer months ahead. Help them get ready by offering financing options that will allow them to make the summer upgrades to their home and stay comfortable all year round.