Month: November 2019

The 9 Most Common Home Services

Want to know what the top home services are that most homeowners are looking for each year?

Whether it is the lawn needing a fresh cut, the gutters in need of a solid cleaning, or the annual chimney sweep before winter – homeowners have a lot on their plate when it comes to home maintenance.

The time, energy, and knowledge involved when it comes to maintaining a home can be burdensome for homeowners. However, if you’re in the service industry, what does that mean for you?

Well, it means an opportunity for your small business! Here is what we mean.

9 Most Common Home Services

Below you will find a list (Not in order) of some of the most common home services homeowners look for on an annual basis!

Whether you already do some of these or if you happen to be in the process of adding a service to your repertoire, this list is for you!

1. Plumbing Services

plumbing home service

Ready for the most common home service call?

If you hadn’t caught on already, plumbing is typically the most commonly used home service when it comes to homeowners needing some help!

Whether it is a leaky faucet or clogged garbage disposal when the water drips – homeowners call like crazy! The following are some of the most common homeowner plumbing problems:

  • Garbage disposal issues
  • Leaky faucet
  • Running toilet
  • Clogged drains
  • Frozen pipes
  • Leaky pipes

On another note, if you’re a plumber, be sure to let your clients know to never put these types of things down their garbage disposal!

2. Gutter Cleaning

Who knew that those leaves piling up each fall around houses would also pile up in a homeowner’s gutter?

Each year leaves and fall foliage is found just about anywhere – from the entryway of a home to the downspout of a gutter. And when the leaves start to fall, leaves and other debris make their way into gutters. This is when drainage issues can arise!

Homeowners who understand the importance of clean gutters are always quick to grab a ladder (be safe on that ladder) or call a service provider for their annual gutter cleaning.

3. Paint & Drywall Repairs

Nail pops, cracks, water damage, or the ugly yellow bathroom in a home – you name it – painting and drywall services are something homeowners constantly are in need of.

While some homeowners might try and attempt to patch and repair drywall on their own like this guy…

Typically, most quickly realize patching and mudding drywall is not as easy as the camera makes it seem like! The same can be said when a homeowner decides to paint their kitchen.

It’s only a matter of hours before they are wishing they called someone!

4. Cleaning

The last thing anyone wants to do on a Friday after a long work week is clean, which is why you see the growth of the home cleaning service companies around the nation.

With more and more families spending time at work, children’s activities, and so on – the busy schedules have led to more homeowners who are in need of cleaning.

Typically, most homeowners are looking for someone who can clean the interior of their home on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. However, many companies offer as-needed cleaning services too!

5. Landscaping

Just like cleaning or painting, it’s only a matter of time before filling up a Saturday with yard work becomes a bit tedious.

Numerous landscape companies scatter just about every major city area offering landsacpe services ranging from weekly mowing all the way to full landscape architecture projects.

As a home service industry provider – landscaping is a niche that always keeps growing… literally! Landscape companies provide a multitude of services including:

  1. Lawncare
  2. Shrub & tree trimming
  3. Mulching
  4. Hardscapes
  5. Ornamental landscaping

6. Chimney Sweeps

A typical chimney sweep will cost a homeowner somewhere in the neighborhood of $125 according to an Angie’s List article, but it’s worth the cost.

Chimney sweeps are vital to having a safe chimney before burning logs or even using a gas fireplace. As the NFPA puts it;

Unclean chimneys are a leading cause of structure fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association, which recommends an annual chimney inspection.

National Fire Protection Association

That being said, in addition to having a clean chimney that is safe for the winter, here is another reason a chimney sweep is vital:

A chimney expert can spot structural damage to a chimney that a typical homeowner may miss.

chimney home service

What might seem like an innocent crack to a chimney’s crown or a slight compromise within the liner of a chimney, can actually be a huge deal!

Similar to not wanting the gutters to get backed up which can lead to significant water damage to a home, a compromised chimney may be in need of repair or restoration in a hurry.

Chimneys are an item homeowners don’t want to wait around getting repaired or refinished, depending on the chimney’s need.

7. Siding Repairs

A single piece of siding is a pain to replace?

Why? Well, that is because siding is installed piece by piece in an interlocking fashion. This is typically why homeowners don’t experience just one piece missing – they experience quite a few!

Siding repairs are no easy feat for a homeowner and they typically need to be done by a professional siding installation company! Homeowners know the importance of their siding, which is why it is commonly called for exterior service.

8. Cracked Concrete

Perhaps you have seen some cracked concrete in a driveway, on a sidewalk or worse… on the foundation of a home.

No matter what the reason is for the cracking concrete, there is only one thing that is certain – the crack will get bigger in most cases.

Depending on the location of the crack, cracked concrete can be caused by a variety of things and can need urgent repair or not, it all just depends. However, repairing concrete cracks is not something most homeowners are privy too, so they typically call on this one!

Note: If in the event the cracked concrete is within a chimney, Fireguard is one of the top bets for helping with the crack!

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9. Roofing Repairs

Similar to one piece of missing siding turning into twenty, a missing shingle can lead to many missing shingles in just a few wind storms.

While most new roofs have factory and install warranties, depending on the type of shingle or the age of a roof, roof repairs are common service calls homeowners make.

It’s typically clear when a shingle or two goes missing by the exposed plywood. However, there are instances where homeowners won’t always see missing shingles. In the event you do, be sure to get a rooof repair ASAP!

If you’re an exterior home service provider – be sure to encourage homeowners to check their roofs after the winter and each fall with binoculars!

Final Words:

At the end of the day…

At the end of the day, home services are one of the most common small (And big) businesses found in the United States.

Just look around when driving and you will see pest control vans, trucks, painting companies – you name it – offering a wide variety of home services.

So if you’re in the home service industry or even the commercial construction industry, this article hopefully shed some light on the top called about home service requests!

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