Offering services to improve other’s homes and property is both a lucrative and rewarding business to be in. The more improvements you can provide, the higher your chances are of being contracted to do so. Consider both basic and unique services to include in your business, from kitchens and bathrooms to canopies and balconies.
Check out these options for a good place to hit the ground running in the industry.
Window and Door Replacement
Windows and doors are an essential part of one’s home. They received some of the most traffic and use of all the aspects of a house, meaning the likelihood of them being damaged is high. Point out to clients how window and door replacement helps with insulation for both heating and cooling systems, and how these points of entry are important to protect with functional safety measures! Many may not even realize the benefit, need, or availability of having their windows and doors replaced until they are aware that it is an option. This is a service that can make your business unique.
Decks are a perfect place on a home’s property to create an outdoor area for relaxation or gathering. They also add space and value to the home itself. Decks require special materials, structuring, and design in order to be truly beneficial and enjoyable for the residents, but they are also surprisingly low maintenance, not too difficult or costly to install, and are an aesthetically pleasing addition. This is a project that you can market as plausible for any homeowner.
One of the most popular renovations for homeowners is the kitchen. Style trends fluctuate constantly, and some need to change the flow of their kitchen area simply for comfort or convenience’s sake. To make your business stand out from others with this basic remodel, offer your clients the ability to test out features and floorplans before committing to them. You can charge a smaller fee for temporary fixtures and samples of colors and materials. You can allow your client to live with the temporary setup for a few days before they make their decisions on style and structure. Kitchen remodels are definitely an important service to offer because of their popularity, but creating an incentive that makes your service more beneficial than your competitors will draw in attention and therefore clients!
The outdoor area of a property has a lot of undervalued potential for a relaxation space. Enjoying the outdoors is a desire of many homeowners, but creating a comfortable means of doing so is intimidating. Show your clients the options that exist for “hardscaping”—the hard surface area used to contrast grass and landscape features or to allow for comfortable seating. Concrete is a more cost-effective option for hardscaping an area. Other options like gravel and artificial turf are each visually aesthetic and unique. This might appeal to the client depending on their intended use for the area. Provide a list of options and their “pros and cons” to help lead them to an option they will use and love.
Smart Home Installation
With increasing innovations in technology, even our homes can become “smart.” Smart home technology is growing in popularity—a means of security, cost efficiency, and inventory of the status of one’s home. Along with any electrical outfitting that your business provides, make smart home technology an option! An easy and appealing addition to any home, regardless of the size or resident, this is a feature that many are sure to take advantage of. Train your electricians on various system installations so that you can provide this kind of service to your customers.
Some areas of the home are extremely difficult (if not impossible) to access without special training and tools that regular homeowners likely do not have. Ventilation accumulates a lot of dust and dirt quickly and is important to maintain healthy air and air circulation in any building. Chimneys are less common in modern homes, but many classic homes still have real chimneys that require real chimney “sweeping”. In addition, even if your home doesn’t have a chimney or a circulatory air system, it will certainly have a roof! Roof cleaning is helpful yearly, to clear debris and identify vulnerable areas where leaks and rot may form, and gutters get blocked up from that same debris and runoff making them nearly useless unless cleaned out. These jobs are as unpleasant as they are tricky to complete. Consider making cleaning a branch of your business that adds another necessary service they need, but will not (or will be unable to) do themselves.
Just like the people who live in them, sometimes houses require a kind of “doctor” to verify the health and safety and any damages. Home inspectors can grant confidence to the homeowner that they are aware of all the needs of their home for their own protection and comfort, having been trained to notice common mistakes and minute details that otherwise get overlooked. As you renovate, remodel, install, or repair elements of client homes, offer inspections as a way to diagnose their homes with any further services that they may not realize they need (or want) to have done!
Carpentry, plumbing, and electricity aside, one thing your clients inevitably will need is to decorate and design their property to be as efficient as it is aesthetic. Offering professional design advice as part of your business opens up the opportunity to be hired for painting, interior design consultation, landscaping design, and more. You already have access to all the sample materials you could need to provide a good variety of examples to your clients. Design is the culminating element of home improvement, the final step to achieving your client’s vision. Making this a part of your company makes you the whole package from beginning to end!
This is a great industry to be a part of—offer as much as you can with the resources you will have access to. You will find that your business grows quickly and finds success easily. Your clients will appreciate the ease of sticking with one company they know they can rely on!
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