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Return on Investment
2022 Remodeling Impact Report (National Association of REALTORS®, Apr. 2022)
Home Remodeling ROI: Costs vs. Value: Will That Remodel Really Add Value to Your Home? (Consumer Affairs, Mar. 22, 2022)
Think about which areas of your home prospective buyers care about most when deciding where to invest your remodeling dollars. Consider whether your home renovation will appeal to a niche market.
Cost vs. Value
This site compares average costs for 22 remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale in 150 U.S. markets.
7 DIY Projects to Undertake If You Want to Improve Your House’s Value in 2022 (Architectural Digest, Jan. 10, 2022)
Entryways, outdoor spaces, storage, fresh paint, kitchen, bathrooms, and flooring are suggested as DIY projects that can improve home values.
Home Improvement Tips
Got Half-Done Home Improvement Projects? Here’s Why and How to Finally Finish the Job (realtor.com®, Apr. 16, 2021)
How to evaluate potential projects and plan ahead of time to get them completed.
Top Insurance Tips for Home Renovations (Forbes, Apr. 8, 2021)
Home insurance policies should be updated regarding home improvement projects. Homeowners insurance discounts might apply based on the project. Also, don’t neglect to obtain permits ahead of starting projects
18 Renovation Apps to Know for Your Next Project (Curbed, May 20, 2020)
Apps are available to help with planning, design, professional tips, and provide DIY tools.
BBB Tip: Home Improvement Scams (Better Business Bureau®, Apr. 13, 2020)
Watch out for red flags, ask for references and check them out, and know the law before you hire a contractor.
Remodeling Statistics and Trends
8 Home Renovation and Remodeling Trends for 2022 (ROCKET Mortgage, Apr. 13, 2022)
Spa bathroom, outdoor areas, bold wallpaper, large window banks, kitchen islands, multifunctional rooms and built-in storage top the renovation and remodeling projects for 2022.
Residential Remodelers Industry (United States Residential Remodelers Industry Report, Jan. 1, 2022) E
NAHB/Westlake Royal Remodeling Market Index (RMI) (National Association of REALTORS® of Home Builders, 2022)
The NAHB/Westlake Royal Remodeling Market Index (RMI) is based on a quarterly survey of NAHB remodeler members that provides insight on current market conditions as well as future indicators for the remodeling market.
10 Renovation Trends You’ll be Seeing a Lot of in 2022 (Clever, Dec. 24, 2021)
Home office, outdoor spaces, texture, technology, bold wallpaper, workspaces, green design and durability are predicted as the most popular projects for 2022.
Remodeling Web Sites
Better Homes and Gardens
One of the premier home and family sites on the web which includes a page dedicated to decorating tips and more.
The source for the best do-it-yourself tips for home renovations.
Joint Center for Housing Studies
JCHS website has information and research on housing market, demographic, and social trends.
realtor.com® has information on technology, tips, safety and remodeling tools.
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Consumers can find remodeling tips, how to find a qualified contractor, frequently asked questions, and much more.
eBooks & Other Resources
The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:
Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies (eBook)
Be a Successful Remodeling Contractor (eBook)
The Complete Book of Home Inspection (eBook)
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Building and Remodeling (eBook)
Green Remodeling (eBook)
How to Increase the Value of your Home (eBook)
Remodeled Homes (eBook)
Trips & Traps When Renovating Your Home (eBook)
Books, Videos, Research Reports & More
As a member benefit, the following resources and more are available for loan through the NAR Library. Items will be mailed directly to you or made available for pickup at the REALTOR® Building in Chicago.
No Regrets Remodeling: How to Create a Comfortable, Healthy Home That Saves Energy (Berkeley, CA: Energy Auditor & Retrofitter, Inc., 2013) TJ163.5.D86 N6
Not So Big Remodeling: Tailoring Your Home for the Way You Really Live (Taunton Press, 2009) TH 4816 Su8
Renovate to Riches (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2004) HF 5438 D88
Improve the Value of Your Home up to $100,000 (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2003) TH 3401 Ir9i
Remodeling Your Home: An Insider's Guide (Washington, DC: Home Builder Press, 1996) TH 4816 N21r
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