Eighty-nine percent of Americans want to stay as long as possible in their current houses. Chances are you are seeing remodeling projects going on in your neighborhood. Most people need help with the remodeling and so if you have the skills to do work on these projects, either as a handyman or a contractor. Depending on the size of your market, you might specialize in a particular type of remodeling.
According to the National Association of Home Builders, here are the most popular types of remodeling:
- Bathroom remodeling – 72%
- Finishing basements – 72%
- Kitchen remodeling – 70%
- Window and door replacement – 40%
- Whole house remodeling – 39%
- Room additions – 35% (such as a bedroom or sunroom)
- Repairing property damage – 29%
- Handyman services – 27%
- Decks – 25%
- Siding – 22%
Contractors can specialize in particular types of residential remodeling, such as restoring homes damaged by fire or suffering from other insurable losses, condo/apartment remodeling, renovating historic residences, or they might specialize by architectural style. Another way to specialize is by what areas of a residence you remodel.
Here are the skills and knowledge do you need to have:
- You need to have an understanding of the industry, some background knowledge in engineering, architecture, interior decoration, or the like.
- You need to have hands-on capability to do the work unless you compensate with other skills such as business management, computer operation, or interior design and contract out hands-on work.
- Even if you are not hands on, you need enough knowledge to handle scheduling and ordering and to oversee quality.
- If you broker or outsource components of the work, you need to be effective at coordinating, scheduling, and supervising other people.
These organizations are sources of more information about the industry:
- American Subcontractors Association
- National Association of Home Builders Remodelors Council
- National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Moving is a major ordeal for anyone, but seniors may face particularly difficult challenges when relocating. Caregivers often have to make decisions for their aging loved ones to live in a safe space, which may require renovating the home or looking into assisted living. Making these decisions can be tough, so we wanted to provide support for these families.
We recently created a resource page on senior moving services, which we would love to see incorporated on Local Marketing Center’s site.
Our guide includes:
- Moving and Downsizing Checklist
- Organizations Helping Seniors Move
- Mental Health Tips to Prepare for the Move
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