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More Homes Are Being Remodeled In 2016

By Brian Kline | May 26, 2016

Some people are remodeling in preparation for selling their homes while others are remodeling to make the home more livable for them self and their family. But make no mistake, remodeling is one of the hottest activities in the real estate industry right now.

This is a real estate story that doesn't change much. Bathrooms continue to be the number one remodeling project followed closely by kitchens. A National Association of Home Builders survey found that in 2015, 81 percent of home builders remolded bathrooms and 79 percent worked on kitchens. However, some of these projects are getting even bigger with 49 percent stating they remolded entire homes and 47 percent building additions onto homes.

The reasons for these remodels are diverse. Some homeowners want to upgrade to the 21st century with new kitchen cabinets and granite counter tops. Others just found the bathroom tile to be ugly and wanted it changed. Others didn't want the expense and hassle of moving to a larger home so they added a room or finished the basement.

House construction renovation abstract background

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Homeowners Feeling More Confident

Remodeling projects increase when home prices go up. Today, people are more confident about the economy and their personal finances. To finance remodels, homeowners are dipping into home equity, maxing out credit cards, or even taking money out of retirement accounts.

Homeowners should carefully consider their reasons for remodeling before dropping tens of thousands of dollars stylizing the home to their personal taste. Remodeling to recreate your childhood home is not going to bring you more money if your plan is selling your home. It could actually do the opposite. The vast majority of buyers want a turnkey modern home.

Live With Your Upgrades Before Selling

Your best move is doing the remodel for yourself. Think out into the future. If you think you will be moving in the next couple of years, remodeling today makes more sense than remodeling a couple of months before listing it for sale. The best use of your money is to enjoy the remodel yourself for a few years. When it comes time to sell, you'll only need to spruce it up a little to get the maximum value for a relatively newly remodeled home.

You don't need to spend your last dime to get a decent return for your buck. Multiple studies have consistently found the best returns for your investment are:

  • Improving energy efficiency - replace single pane windows.
  • Using good quality materials but not the highest quality.
  • Installing low maintenance improvements.
  • Keeping your costs reasonable.

These are the types of improvements that will save you money over the next several years and still enable you to maximize your sales price when the time comes.

Please leave a comment if this article was helpful or if you have a question.

BioAuthor bio: Brian Kline has been investing in real estate for more than 35 years and writing about real estate investing for 10 years. He also draws upon 30 plus years of business experience including 12 years as a manager at Boeing Aircraft Company. Brian currently lives at Lake Cushman, Washington. A vacation destination, a few short miles from a national forest. With the Pacific Ocean a couple of miles in the opposite direction.

Brian Kline has been investing in real estate for more than 30 years and writing about real estate investing for seven years with articles listed on Yahoo Finance, Benzinga, and uRBN. Brian is a regular contributor at Realty Biz News
  • 2 comments on “More Homes Are Being Remodeled In 2016”

    1. "I have been a painter for over 20 years and I have seen a lot of couples go through some tough times doing a remodel. I know of several couples that ended up getting divorced soon after. Building a house can be difficult but a remodel can be overwhelming.
      One piece of advice I would like to give you is to make sure you are a good customer. There are a lot of bad contractors out there but there are also a lot of bad customers. Know what you want and ask for it in a way that it is not misunderstood. When it is time to make a decision, make it and stick with it."

      1. Thanks Matthew. You made a few points that many people probably don't think about.
        Brian Kline

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