Yesterday, I detailed how the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and Remodeling Magazine unveiled the results of their 2011-2012 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. In that story, I talked about the top replacement projects homeowners who were looking to increase the value of their residence were engaging in, according to the researchers.
However, since it was a big document – detailing just about everything homeowners are currently doing in terms of remodeling – I wanted to touch on interior remodeling, which was left out of yesterday's discussion.
The researchers found that despite the economic pressures of the time, some homeowners are engaging in big home improvement projects. For example, the study noted that attic bedroom remodeling was becoming popular – perhaps because larger families are looking for more moderately priced homes – despite an average pricetag of more than $50,000. Kitchen remodeling was also popular – rising two spots from the previous year's study to become the second most common remodeling project.
However, regardless of the type of remodeling homeowners chose to conduct, they can benefit by installing new systems that help keep attic bedrooms and kitchens comfortable.
For instance, attic bedrooms may be cut off from the main air conditioner of a house and necessitate the purchase of a portable model. By thinking of how they can integrate energy saving products into their remodeling efforts, homeowners who are looking to sell or simply test the market can ensure that they are cutting their costs while taking steps to entice a potential new demographic.
Recent studies show that more homeowners are looking for green upgrades. As such purchasing low-cost home humidifiers and air conditioning units and integrating them into the new rooms may be a great option for those looking to achieve their home improvement goals.