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Kitchens and Bathrooms Remain Top Remodeling Jobs According to NAHB Survey

WASHINGTON, May 7 - A new survey released by the National Association of
Home Builders (NAHB) shows common remodeling projects have increased,
compared to a similar survey from 2010. The survey, released today in
conjunction with National Home Remodeling Month, describes the changes
the remodeling market has undergone in recent years.

Remodelers report that kitchen and bathroom projects remain the most
popular remodeling jobs with home owners increasingly upgrading both
rooms and making major repairs as they decide to stay in their current
homes longer. Nearly 50 percent of remodelers report seeing an increase
in the number of home owners who undertake remodels to avoid moving
compared to the 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. 

"As the priorities of home owners shift, remodelers have to adjust to
the needs of their clients," said NAHB Remodelers Chairman George "Geep"
Moore Jr., GMB, CAPS, GMR and owner/president of Moore-Built
Construction & Restoration Inc. in Elm Grove, La. "And while the
motivation behind a home owner's decision to remodel may have changed,
their desire for quality, professional results have not. Professional
remodelers remain committed to the highest industry standards."

Repairs and replacements of old components and the desire for upgraded
amenities were cited as the top reasons for customers to hire a
remodeler. 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). 

"Home owners are repurposing spaces and making more efficient use of
their home's square footage," Moore said. "Whether 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."
 
For more information about remodeling, visit www.nahb.org/remodel. For
complete survey results, visit www.nahb.org/rmi. 

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