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Both kitchen and bathroom renovations have increased 17% from two years ago, according to a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), with bathroom remodels cited as a common job by 78% of remodelers and kitchen remodels at 69%. 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.
Remodelers reported that homeowners were frequently upgrading both kitchens and baths, cited their desire to stay in their homes longer. Nearly 50% of remodelers reported seeing an increase in the number of home owners who undertake remodels to avoid moving compared to the 2010 findings.
In addition to kitchens and baths, other popular remodeling categories included window/door replacements (44%), whole house remodels (35%), room additions (33%) and handyman services (31%).
For complete survey results, visit www.nahb.org/rmi.