Home Industry Trends: Today’s Best Practices

Home Industry Trends: Today’s Best Practices

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Technology is rapidly changing the home improvement industry, which means that best practices are changing, too. And while some of these changes may seem small, they can significantly impact how homeowners can improve and maintain their homes.

Being proactive about keeping up with the changes can help you save time, money, and frustration down the road. Here’s a look at some of the latest trends in home improvement and what you can do to stay ahead of the curve.

The internet is a reliable resource of information

One of the most significant changes in the industry is how homeowners can get information about products and services. In the past, homeowners would have to rely on word-of-mouth recommendations or advertisements in newspapers and magazines. But today, various online resources can provide detailed information about products, services, and home improvement contractors.

One of the best things about the internet is that it gives you access to a wealth of reviews from other homeowners. Before deciding, you can read about other people’s experiences with a particular product or service. According to a 2022 study published at Frontiers, 82% of consumers check product reviews on the internet before making a purchase. And 93% of those consumers say that positive online reviews make them trust a business more.

That means as a homeowner, you can get an accurate idea of what to expect from your home improvement project before you even start. By reading online reviews, you can find the best contractors and products for your needs while avoiding those that may cause problems down the road.

Many home improvement stores offer online shopping

Another change in the industry is the way that homeowners can shop for products and services. And with the continuous rise of tech needs in the home, it’s not hard to find a consumer-friendly online electronic store. It is a convenient way to shop because you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Plus, you can often find better deals online than you would in-store. And if you know what you need, you can have it shipped directly to your home, which saves you a trip to the store.

Some stores also offer virtual consultations to help you plan your project. This part can be helpful if you’re unsure what you need or where to start. And if you have a particular contractor in mind, you can often schedule an appointment directly through their website.

Whatever your home improvement needs, it’s now easier than ever to find the products and services you need online. Thus, streamlining the shopping process and making it more convenient for homeowners.

You can use technology to manage your project

Homeowners today have more tools than ever to help thm manage their home improvement projects. For example, apps can help you track your budget, schedule your projects, and get inspiration for your needs.

This innovation allows more homeowners to take on projects themselves without hiring a professional. The DIY home improvement market has reached $290 billion in 2020 and is more likely to grow at a 4.5% CAGR. That means people are becoming more confident in their ability to tackle projects independently.

But even if you’re not planning to do the work yourself, technology can still help you manage your project and get the most out of your contractor. For instance, you can use a video chat service to check in on the progress of your project or ask questions about the work getting done. In short, technology has made it easier for homeowners to organize, manage, and complete their home improvement projects.

Homeowners are increasingly interested in energy-efficient improvements

As concern about the environment grows, more homeowners are interested in making their homes more energy-efficient. And there are many ways to do this, from solar panels to energy-efficient appliances.

A recent report found that 46% of homeowners are interested in solar power. And that number is expected to grow as the technology becomes more affordable. Solar panels can save you money on your energy bill and help reduce your carbon footprint.

Other widespread improvements include energy-efficient windows and doors, insulation, and LED lighting. These improvements can also help you save money on your energy bill and make your home more comfortable.

As you can see, there are many ways that technology is changing the home improvement industry. The above changes are just a few of the most significant ones that are taking place. By keeping up with the latest trends, you can be sure that you’re getting the most out of your home improvement projects. This way, you can save time, money, and effort while still getting the desired results.

Author

Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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