Spring brings warmer weather, and with it the chance for homeowners to spend a little more time outside checking their property for winter damage and contemplating ways to enhance its curb appeal. Additionally, the spring cleaning process often inspires ideas for interior home renovations.
For contractors, it's a much-needed cure for the home renovation market's winter doldrums. Here are some of the most common home improvement projects you can expect clients to request this season:
No one wants to head into springtime with a roof that's not prepared to combat April showers. Even a small opening on a rooftop can translate to significant indoor damage if water can get into your attic and walls. And, depending on how mild your area's winters are, it's very possible that shingles have been blown out of place as the result of a winter storm, noted Toledo, Ohio contractor and Angie's List contributor Pat Giammarco.
Diagnosing the source of a leak also often requires professional help, as water can travel a long way along a beam and make tracing the origin of the drip difficult, and the repair itself is even more complicated.
The more sunshine, the more anticipation there is for the arrival of barbecue season. It's not uncommon for homeowners to have their deck rebuilt in the spring, nor is it uncommon for contractors to uncover structural issues that drive up the total cost.
"Pandora's box is waiting to be opened when you renovate a deck," said Harrison Wilson, a Boston area contractor who spoke with Forbes on the subject. "Unless you possess prior knowledge of its construction, what lies beneath may scare you. Poor positioning of floor joists or fasteners can cause this project to escalate in price."
Much like the roof, a home's siding often must weather quite a bit of winter damage in the form of snow, rain, wind and hail. And while some homeowners may take the DIY approach if there are only a few warped or loose pieces of siding to replace, any full-scale facelift is best left to the professionals.
Some homeowners will also be receptive to the idea of upgrading their siding with new materials that are more energy-efficient or simple to maintain. Vinyl siding, for example, can be pitched as better for home insulation and easier to clean with a hose and brush.
Speaking of improved insulation, some homeowners may say goodbye to this winter while wondering how to ensure the next one is warmer. While it's not the most pressing obligation to attend to before spring and summer, many homeowners will opt to improve the insulation in their attic. While laying down a layer of fiberglass insulation is an easy home improvement project for certain weekend warriors, others will be more comfortable paying a professional to help them reduce heat loss at the top of their house and prevent future ice dams.
Some homeowners who've relied on carpeting to keep their feet warm in the winter may be itching to switch over to hardwood flooring now that spring has sprung. Or, conversely, those who have been wearing slippers and wool socks all winter may be in the mood to shed their stockings and tread barefoot on some comfy carpet. Either way, springtime is a great time for flooring renovations, whether it involves installing new carpeting or some other type of flooring material.
After the winter lull, almost everyone is ready for the start of spring, but it's an especially exciting moment for homeowners looking to beautify their properties and contractors looking to help. Working with a finance company this season will make it easier for your customers to fund their springtime renovations and make payments online. Learn more about those advantages and the many other benefits of working with Aqua Finance by contacting us today.