Fall is officially here and soon, the weather will begin rapidly cooling off and the days will grow shorter. For some homeowners, the coming of fall means it's time to give their house a tune-up. As winter draws nearer, you may encounter concerned customers hoping to complete one last home improvement project before the snow flies.
Here's what you need to know about common autumnal home improvement projects:
A drafty window can turn a cozy winter night into a frigid nightmare. If your customers noticed cold spots in their home last winter, they'll probably want to address the issue soon so they don't have to deal with it again this year.
Some may want to replace all of their windows; others might opt for just one or two problem panes; and still others might skip the new windows and request sealing or repair work instead. To be prepared for the customer wanting wonderful windows this winter, be sure to have access to a variety of styles and prices, as well as the right sealants.
Drafty doors could also cause the cold air outside to creep in. Have weatherstripping and caulking at the ready.
If the draft isn't caused by the windows, the insulation may very well be the culprit. The right insulation may save your customers as much as 20 percent on their heating bill this winter, according to Bob Vila. Have a selection to choose from, and be ready to speak on the pros and cons of different insulation types.
Trusting a furnace to work isn't always a good plan heading into winter. Homeowners will want a professional to look at their heating system and make repairs as needed. Some may find they want to replace their furnace or heat pump altogether.
Your customers who have fireplaces will also need these features to be inspected and repaired as needed. An unclean fireplace or chimney can become a fire hazard, so it's important these are in top condition before winter.
For the most part during the summer, your customers' gutter systems might be the last things on their minds. However, come autumn and falling leaves, they'll soon remember these important home features. They'll need to scrape them out and have them clean so water doesn't pool inside during the winter and cause damage. Or, they may find that these systems may have already sustained some damage, in which case they'll likely require a repair or replacement.
Have these supplies on hand. A broken or clogged gutter can cause serious damage to a home's exterior walls or roof if ice is allowed to build up and freeze inside it.
Having the tools and supplies on hand to carry out these important home updates is one way to be ready to help your customers out quickly. They'll likely appreciate your promptness and willingness to tackle these projects before winter comes.
However, as you know, many of these important fall updates can quickly become expensive. Your customers may feel hesitant to spend too much money on home projects this time of year, no matter how critical they are.
Help them overcome this obstacle by offering them a financing solution that will make these improvements more affordable. To learn how you can offer financing programs to your customers, reach out to Aqua Finance.