Over the coming year, homeowners are projected to spend more than $330 billion on these top home improvement projects.
Strengthening of the U.S. economy, tight for-sale housing inventories, and healthy home equity gains are boosting home improvement activity.
Because of this, instead of buying new homes, homeowners are investing in upgrades and replacements.
Top Home Improvement projects for 2019
- Bathroom Remodeling
- Kitchen Remodeling
- Closet Overhauls
- Accessibility Remodeling
- Master Bedroom Suites
- Mudroom Additions
- Eco-Friendly Remodels
- Luxury Finished Basements
- Smart Home Technology & Automation
Smart home technology integrations are on the rise
According to a recent study by Coldwell Banker, the demand for smart home technology and automation continues to rise among home renovators. The number of Americans incorporating smart technology in their home improvement projects increased 33 percent year over year. Consumer Reports expects smart home technology will be found in more than 60 percent of homes by the year 2021.
What Is Smart Home Technology?
Just imagine – What if all the devices in your life could connect to the internet? Not just computers and smartphones, but everything. This includes clocks, speakers, lights, doorbells, cameras, windows and window blinds. The list also includes hot water heaters, appliances, cooking utensils. You name it. And what if those devices could all communicate? What if they could send you information, and take your commands? It’s not science fiction. It’s the Internet of Things (IoT). Furthermore, it’s a key component of home automation and smart home
Home automation is exactly what it sounds like. It means automating the ability to control items around the house with a simple push of a button (or a voice command). Some activities, like setting up a lamp to turn on and off at your whim, are simple and relatively inexpensive. Others, like advanced surveillance cameras, may require a more serious investment of time and money. That’s why I added it to my list of top home improvement projects for 2019.
I myself have recently (OK – finally) connected Alexa to my lights. To my surprise, it actually works. Of course, now I wish I was automating much more than my 1 lamp. (LOL)
If you want a list of the top Home Automation devices, PC Magazine had a good list.