December 10, 2018

As a builder, contractor, or projector manager, you are continually dealing with clients who are looking to ensure that both the interior and the exterior of their properties or buildings are a reflection of themselves, their business, and their daily needs.

However, as you may have found, a considerable amount of these clients seem to overlook the need for maintaining the external features of their property.

Autumn is a fantastic time for these clients to make some outdoor improvements that they may have been putting of for longer than they would like to admit. Plus, it is the best time for you to make these improvements happen, as the heat of summer has passed, but the cold temperatures of winter haven’t yet made an appearance. This means you have a good couple of weeks to get the ball rolling on these projects.

Regardless of whether your clients are trying to increase their property’s kerb appeal to sell it, or perhaps simply because they want to go to work each day in a building that they love, there is a mixture of enhancements that you can perform on these outdoor spaces.

To help you out, here are three outdoor improvements to sell to your clients this autumn.

1. Triple check that their roof is in superb condition.

No one dreams about replacing their roof, but it is far better to ensure that it is in tip-top shape before winter comes because there is nothing worse than having a roof fail during the cold season.

If your clients have a pitched roof, then asphalt shingle is the most popular roofing option for their style of home. However, a growing number of property owners are opting for metal roofing as it is greener, more durable, and longer-lasting.

If the client’s property in an area that often endures substantial snowfall, rapid temperature changes, or hurricanes, then tell them to consider metal roofing.

No matter what type of roofing they choose, it will be necessary for you as the contractor to work with crane hire services to ensure that you have a crane with particular attributes such as agility, accuracy and boom length, as well as an effective lifting capability even at ample heights.

2. Light up their outdoor area with solar landscape lights.

As it starts to get darker, earlier, your client deserves to have lights outside their building that can bring it to life at night. No one likes arriving at a place that is in pitch blackness — talk about an unwelcoming return.

In addition to making the property more lovely for them, having outdoor lights also adds extra security to the area as it makes it harder for criminals to discern whether or not someone is inside (having no lights on is a dead giveaway).

Please speak with your client about a new sustainable trend in outdoor lighting. Using solar-powered landscape lights is a more economical option than installing hardwired lighting, and it is also good for the planet!

Alternatively, LED spike lights are also becoming more and more popular as they too are environmentally friendly. You can find LED bulbs in a wide array of coatings and wattages, making them very versatile and a fantastic outdoor improvement.

3. Get their large trees removed or maintained.

Large trees can be one of the most majestic parts of a property, but they can also be incredibly challenging to maintain. For the most part, property owners who are lucky enough to have magnificent trees find it difficult to grasp the high canopies of the trees in order to trim the branches.

However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t mention to them that they should do something about it!

Instead, you want to advise them to rent a crane (and perhaps a professional like you to operate the speciality equipment) to remove a large tree or perform any work that requires transporting heavy tree debris. By doing it this way, your client can be assured that the plan will be implemented promptly and carefully.

Moreover, at the end of the day, other machinery would be unable to reach the high areas or lift the thick trunks like a crane.

Which outdoor property improvements are you considering undertaking for clients this season? Are you prepared to get the projects rolling? Let us know your thoughts and feelings in the comments below!


Hermann Buchberger is the Founder and CEO of Active Crane Hire (ACH). He’s taken the company from start-up to Industry Leader offering the largest fleet of construction cranes in Australia. ACH launched a new type of crane previously unheard of in the Australian market: electric tower cranes. The company’s infrastructure and associated services now comprise a fleet of trucks and trailers, a crane-rigging team, mobile crane technicians, a fleet of service vehicles, and an extensive range of crane spare parts.