Tag Archive for ‘remodeling’

Remodelers’ Confidence Recovers in the Second Quarter

NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) rose three points to 56 in the second quarter of 2014; essentially reclaiming the territory it had lost during what was likely a weather-related dip in the fist three months of the year.The RMI is based on a quarterly survey of NAHB remodelers, and is an average of separate indices for remodelers’ ratings of current… Read More ›

Remodeling by Zip Code: NAHB Releases 2014 Projections

NAHB just released new estimates of spending on improvements to owner-occupied housing by zip code.  The estimates are based on a model relating improvement spending to five key variables (number of homes in the area, the share built in the ’60s, share built in the ’70s, owners’ average income and level of education), projected to calendar year 2014.  As before,… Read More ›

Efficient Windows Top List of Green Products Used by Remodelers

Energy efficient windows emerged as the leading green product among remodelers responding to NAHB’s Remodeling Market Index (RMI) survey for the first quarter of 2014, as nearly 9 out of 10 remodelers surveyed said they’d commonly used low-e windows during the past year.  Next on the list were high efficiency HVAC systems and programmable thermostats at 70 percent each, closely… Read More ›

Remodelers’ Customers Like Quality, Professional Designations

A previous post discussed hiring a professional remodeler, with an emphasis on those remodeling projects (like roofing or HVAC work) that most often involve homeowners hiring a contractor as opposed to attempting it themselves. This one deals with the choice of a particular contractor. The evidence comes from a question on NAHB’s most recent Consumer Preference Survey that asked potenital customers… Read More ›

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Remodeler

It is National Home Remodeling month and NAHB wants to emphasize the benefits of hiring a professional remodeler.  There are two aspects to this: 1) hiring a contractor rather than attempting a project yourself, 2) hiring a contractor who is a well-qualified professional remodeler, such as members of NAHB Remodelers or those who have earned one of NAHB’s Professional Designations…. Read More ›

$100,000 in Remodeling=Nine Tenths of a Full-Time Job

In addition to benefitting those who live in remodeled homes, remodeling also has the ability to stimulate the U.S. economy. The latest estimates released by NAHB show that spending $100,000 on remodeling generates about $48,000 in wages and salaries in the U.S., which translates to .89 of a job measured in full-time equivalents (enough work to keep one worker employed for a year). Much… Read More ›