The Remodeling Projects With the Highest Return on Investment in 2017

Remodeling your home can be a great way to bring new and much-needed energy back into your house. It can also be a great way to grow your real estate investment. If you are in the latter group of renovators who are looking to either flip a house or just improve the value of their own home, it is important to know which are the remodeling projects with the highest return on investment. With the latest 2017 data collected from Remodeling, we have created the above

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This Map Shows Which States Spend the Most on Home Improvements and Why

There is no doubt that most families will make no purchase more monumental or impactful than a home. It stands to reason that such a purchase would garner a greater investment of time and money. As the housing market has continued to climb back toward pre-recession levels, homebuyers have shown a tendency to be more cautious in their spending habits, tending toward more conservative fixer-uppers as opposed to fully finished constructions. Here at Fixr we have analyzed the data to determine the average per-home cost of

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This Map Shows Where Construction Workers are Highest Paid (and How Much) in the U.S.

The USA is one of the largest markets for the construction industry, which employs over 6 million people and generates nearly 1 trillion dollars in revenues every year. As the labor accounts for nearly 48% of the cost of a new home, for most homeowners and landowners, worker wages are a strong determiner of the cost of home’s construction. Given the high variation from state to state, the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau Statistics’ 2016 study provides some useful information about average construction worker

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Top 100 Influencers to Follow in the Swimming Pool Industry 2017

With the hot weather fully established, pool owners and pool lovers are relishing the fact that in addition to being summer, it’s also swimming pool season. To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of the top 100 influential people and companies in the swimming pool industry to follow this year. Each one of these influencers has a strong social media presence on blogs, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, and several other channels. This list will be of use to anyone who works in the pool industry,

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The Home Improvement Market Hinges On Affordable Housing

Spending less of a household’s income on mortgage, taxes, and insurance means more disposable money to make a home look better. The American Housing Survey backs up this assumption with their latest data that shows homeowners, who live in a unit and have a total monthly housing cost of below 30 percent of their income, spent more than $339.2 billion on home improvement. In other words, people who own affordable housing have more purchasing power when it comes to spending on home remodeling. More

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2017 Bathroom Trends Unveiled: Smart Devices Are the Next Big Thing

When it comes to bathroom remodels, it often seems as though anything goes, with fads coming and going every other day. Both designers and homeowners want to look to the future to stay current yet maintain a timeless aesthetic. Upcoming trends not only show you what’s hot now, but point to the direction of things to come as well. That’s why we’ve conducted this survey of bathroom trends that have been seen so far in 2017; so that industry professionals and homeowners can

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Single-Family Home Construction Trends 2017

“The architect must be a prophet... a prophet in the true sense of the term... if he can't see at least ten years ahead don't call him an architect.” As Frank Lloyd Wright put it, architects must be able to see the future to do their jobs properly. After all, it’s their job — along with designers, builders, and other stakeholders — to provide direction and creativity in the world of residential real estate. That’s why we’ve conducted a survey of construction trends that have

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How Americans Spend Their Money on Home Improvement

A home is a big asset for many Americans, so it is no surprise that most of our income is used for housing expenses. Mortgage, taxes, and home improvements are a costly endeavor. The latest data released by the American Housing Survey estimates that in years 2013 thru 2015 more than 123 million home improvement projects, not including routine maintenance, were carried out in the U.S. This accounts for a total of more than $431.1 billion dollars in expenses. Upgrading a house through decoration

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No, Energy-Efficient Homes Are Not Exclusive to High-Income Families

It is generally believed that having an energy-efficient home is an expensive luxury, but the reality is that more than ever it’s a necessity whether you’re a homeowner or renter. Cutting down your energy consumption is good for your economy but also contributes to a better planet by reducing your carbon footprint. The advances in green energy, as well as new tax policies on its use, are making it more affordable. Here’s a wide range of options to make your house more energy

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Childfree vs. Single Family Home: the Unexpected Expenses of Being a Parent

It’s not a surprise for anyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status, that having kids costs a lot of money, lots! To be exact the bill for raising a child up to the the age of 17 is $233,610 according to data by The United States Department of Agriculture. Therefore more Americans are delaying or postponing indefinitely the idea of becoming a parent, turning the DINK (Double Income No Kids) lifestyle into a popular trend. We don’t want to contribute to the debate of

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