Summer is coming to a close and many people are thinking about what's coming next. For many Americans, autumn means back to school, cooler weather and preparations for winter.
While the warmer months are ideal for exciting home improvement projects, it's important to make sure a home is prepared for winter before too long. Here are five high-priority home improvements that your customers may be considering before the weather begins to cool down:
Families whose homes felt a little bit chilly last winter may be interested in a new furnace before the weather gets too cold. According to Angie's List, a furnace should be replaced when it gets to be about 12 years old. Not only is the furnace older and may not be running as smoothly, but in the past decade new technologies have allowed for furnaces to become more efficient.
"A furnace should be replaced when it's about 12 years old."
Swapping out an older furnace for a newer, more energy-efficient one could improve a home's climate while also cutting down on energy bills.
Linoleum, tile and wood floors can get cold in the winter months. If your customers had cold feet last year, they could be thinking about putting in some carpeting soon.
The Carpet and Rug Institute pointed out there are more benefits to installing carpeting than keeping warm. It also provides cushioning, making walking on it more comfortable, and reduces the impact of falls. Young families with toddlers learning how to walk may appreciate this benefit.
Windows and doors are the biggest culprits of heat loss during the winter. If these aren't properly installed and sealed, a home can become drafty and cold. Many homeowners will take the time to look over these points of entrance, Bob Vila pointed out. Some windows may need to have new caulk applied, while others may need to be replaced altogether.
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.
Homeowners should make it a priority to double check to make sure 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 dealing with damage to the home's siding. It's better to do this sooner rather than later, and especially before the temperatures begin to drop.
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 can be done any time of the year, regardless of weather. But some people like to change things up in time for the season. It brings in some welcome change during a time of year when people are beginning to spend more time indoors, and can brighten homeowners' moods.
With the changing seasons, it's important that homeowners make sure their houses are prepared for the colder months ahead. Help them get ready by offering financing options that will allow them to make the fall upgrades to their home to stay comfortable all year round.