There are still a few weeks to go before winter sets in, so now is the perfect time to speak to your customers about decorating the outside of their homes in preparation for the colder months.
Wind, rain and the already forecast snow can cause havoc with exterior woodwork if it's not properly protected. We all know the basics of recommending a suitable coating that will preserve the woodwork in these demanding environments, but why not encourage your clients to let their personalities show on the outside of their homes too?
If you are working on a timber front door, for example, once you have sanded off the remains of any cracked or peeling paint and have applied the exterior undercoat, why not suggest a more contemporary colour for the gloss rather than the traditional shades of black and white, which many people often opt for.
Who wouldn't smile when returning to a door like one of the ones pictured? It's great to welcome your customer home with a sunshine yellow shade, a flash of vibrant lime green or a pillar box red. I'm currently working on a house with a candyfloss pink door, which makes me smile every time I approach it!
As another idea, why not suggest colour matching your customer's external flower boxes or plant holders in their favourite shades, to keep their garden looking colourful throughout the winter and ready for planting next spring.
Even garden sheds can look amazing with a lick of paint, they don't have to be varnished wood or stained green. Customers who love the vintage look could try pastel shades, or maybe a racing green for someone a bit sportier.
Suggestions like this will keep you one step ahead of the competition, and ensure your clients think of you with a smile every time they step outside!
If you have any questions about how you can brighten up the outside of your customers' property, then leave me a comment on here or get in touch via Twitter @Moregeous.