The NAHB Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 58 in the second quarter of 2018, up one point from the previous quarter.
OK, so it’s not up by much but you can rest easy that it’s not going to slow down anytime soon. So what’s in remodeling anyway? To a few of my friends that live in Fuquay-Varina NC, remodeling and redecorating is a seasonal thing! I saw them yesterday and their house looks great. It’s a ranch style home that now has an awesome garden, attached sunroom, new fireplace, updated kitchen and dining room. As I walked around I could see a few things that would really help if they were thinking about aging in place and staying there for the long haul. But no sooner did I ask about living there for a long time, Daniele said, “We have to widen the doorways and take care of a few designs issues that are left” And I have to say – that house will be perfect soon enough.
I talk with people a lot about remaining in their current house or moving to another with a different design, a better free-flowing design that will help their future self. To some, the answer is usually if they can remodel and stay they will. To others, if the remodel is costly they will consider moving. But why should anyone consider upgrading their house design for future use? There is a 2 fold reason for that. First, living in a house that’s easy to get around in for yourself, your family and guests. Second, when they go to sell the house anyone can buy it regardless of age or ability. So their house will be the “hot ticket” home on the market.
Remodeling may seem like a crazy task to take on if you’re not familiar with the process. If you’re a DIY person or someone who hires everyone, remodeling is well worth the time and effort. For those who can’t or don’t want to move, remodeling to a design for your future self is worth it.
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