Quite possibly more than ever, this year has inspired homeowners to notice what needs improvement in their family’s living space. More comfortable, more functional, more updated … will continue to be renovation priorities for this autumn and beyond. 

Here are some of the most popular ways homeowners are improving, repairing, and replacing.

Floor to ceiling surfaces. Studies show that carpets, floors, paneling, and ceiling tiles account for the largest expenditures in home improvement. 

Home Wellness. Green, nontoxic, and enhanced water and air quality are all especially important to millennials. Circadian lighting to improve sleep is also a feature with rising popularity.

Saving Money is the Focus. An uptick in projects tied to cost savings is focused on energy-efficient lighting, home insulation, and improved roofing.

Upgrades will have a smaller focus, but bigger impact. A great example is the installation of sleek new sink features or kitchen pendant lighting. Cool and sophisticated will go a long way.

Pretty in Paint. Even though the task is tedious, freshly painted walls and doors adds so much value to the home, and yields joy as well. Even an accent wall in one room with bold paint or wallpaper makes a huge difference.

DIY = Empowerment. With YouTube and Pinterest taking social media by storm, homeowners love using technology to do research. Better-informed to take on projects, their completion yields a true sense of accomplishment.

Climate change means more climate-proofing. Millennials are especially anxious about how climate change will affect their children’s quality of life, so many will continue to invest in sustainable, disaster-resistant home improvements.

Emerging brands and custom features. Luxuries like soft-close drawers and custom sizing for cabinets are now more mainstream and affordable. More brands will be entering this market, especially for bath and kitchen remodels.

Things non-negotiable. The big ticket items – especially surprises - like plumbing issues or leaking roof, will still have need to call in “the guy” . Wise choices on these counts maintain a home’s integrity. 

Smarter and safer home tech. Things like Roomba, smart lighting, voice recognition devices, even unmonitored security systems, will all continue as rising trends.

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