For many people, the holiday season is synonymous with large family gatherings at one relative's home. For those hosting meals at their houses this year, they're likely already considering which aspects of their homes are most impressive, and which could use a tune-up before parents, aunts, uncles and rowdy nieces and nephews start knocking on the door.
If your customers plan to host family gatherings this winter, chances are they're pondering whether to invest in a pre-holiday home improvement project. Sometimes this makes sense; other times, it's better to hold off. Help your customers determine whether they need some home improvement work completed before the holidays. Begin by asking about the rooms most critical to hosting feasts and out-of-town guests:
The most obvious place to start is the central location for all holiday meal preparations: the kitchen. If your customers have an outdated range and oven or a refrigerator that's on the small side, an upgrade may help them get ready for the large turkeys, piles of rolls, hordes of side dishes and, of course, the parade of pies.
Perhaps major appliance swap-outs aren't needed, but a kitchen revamp is in order. A simple change like an updated backsplash or a new overhead light can work wonders to make a bland kitchen a warm and welcoming room.
While most of the action might happen in the kitchen, families tend to gather round the table in the dining room. However, if your customers' families have grown or more people plan on attending their famous holiday feasts, it might be time to upgrade this room. Enlarging the room by removing a non-load bearing wall can help make the space feel less cramped. Or, replacing carpeting with hardwood can make the room look more modern, decrease the presence of allergens and make accidental cranberry sauce spills much easier to clean up.
The kitchen may get the most attention, but there's one room that tends to go undiscussed despite being perhaps the most used room in the home: the bathroom. Home Advisor pointed out that renovating the bathroom before the holidays kick in can be beneficial to the homeowner expecting a long list of guests to file into their home this year. While cosmetic updates like stylish vanities, a heated towel warmer or a stunning walk-in tub might make a bathroom look like a luxury spa, it's important to focus on the essentials first. Discuss the age of the toilet, whether the pipes under the sink leak or if any taps tend to drip; these are all good places to start.
A survey conducted by Hyatt Regency found that 61 percent of respondents said they'd rather stay in a hotel when visiting out of town guests as opposed to spending the night at their relative's homes. According to USA Today, the top three reasons for this were:
While there's nothing wrong with wanting some alone time at a hotel, there are also plenty of positives to staying with relatives, like the ability to stay up late catching up or not having to wake up early to get to a Christmas morning breakfast on time. Plus, guests won't have to navigate an unfamiliar town when they stay with relatives.
As such, some of your customers may be interested in providing the best of both worlds in the form of a guest, attic or furnished basement bedroom. By including their own TV, a lock on the door and, if possible, a bathroom all to themselves, your customers' guests will feel right at home.
While putting some extra effort into home renovations before the holidays can be a smart way to make a house more suitable for hosting parties, they can also be costly investments. At a time when spending is high, the price tag on these home renovations might be enough to cause your customers to shy away from these updates. To help ease their worries, dealers can offer financing programs to help make these updates more affordable. To learn how to offer these plans to your customers, reach out to Aqua Finance.