Kitchens and baths still top remodeling jobs
WASHINGTON â€“ June 4, 2012 â€“ A National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey conducted in May finds that common remodeling projects increased in 2011 compared to 2010.
Remodelers contacted for the survey say kitchen and bathroom projects remain the most popular jobs, with homeowners increasingly upgrading both rooms and making major repairs. Nearly 50 percent of remodelers report an increase in the number of homeowners who undertake remodels to avoid moving compared to 2010 findings.
Both kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects were up 17 percent from two years ago, with bathroom remodels cited as a common job by 78 percent of remodelers and kitchen remodels at 69 percent. Since 2009, bathrooms and kitchens have switched places in popularity, with bathroom remodels moving into the top spot as the most common type of remodeling project.
â€œAs the priorities of homeowners shift, remodelers have to adjust to the needs of their clients,â€ said NAHB Remodelers Chairman George â€œGeepâ€ Moore Jr.
More than 60 percent of remodelers reported increased demand for repairs and replacements of old components in the past two years, while more than half of remodelers said that the desire for upgraded amenities increased. In contrast, more than 20 percent of remodelers said there was a decrease in customers remodeling to increase home values as an investment.
In addition to kitchens and baths, other popular remodeling categories included window/door replacements (44 percent), whole house remodels (35 percent), room additions (33 percent) and handyman services (31 percent).
â€œHomeowners are repurposing spaces and making more efficient use of their homeâ€™s square footage,â€ Moore said. â€œWhether it be young families or couples aging in their homes, people want to let their house adapt with their needs as they change over time.â€
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