Home Improvement Projects Remain Cosmetic While Home Maintenance Service Requests Increase

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HomeAdvisor releases home project data for Q3 2014

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Summer storms and warm temperatures may have contributed to the demand for exterior repairs such as repairing roofing and painting, but large room renovations are still valued.

Data* released today from HomeAdvisor’s third quarter Home Repair, Maintenance and Improvement Quarterly Trend Report showed an increase in maintenance and repair requests, accounting for 63 percent of the total requests nationally. Home improvement requests have decreased, accounting for 37 percent of the total requests nationally, and the most popular tasks included major room renovations such as kitchen and bathroom remodels. The report provides trends for home repair, maintenance, and improvement projects and is compiled on a national level as well as regionally for Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Denver, and Sacramento.

For the third quarter the most popular tasks requested included repairing electrical switches, replacing faucets and installing asphalt shingle roofing. Of the cities that data was collected from, Boston had the highest percentage (69%) of maintenance and repair requests and Denver received the largest increase of maintenance and repair requests, up 10 percent quarter-over-quarter.

“Summer storms and warm temperatures may have contributed to the demand for exterior repairs such as repairing roofing and painting, but large room renovations are still valued,” said HomeAdvisor CEO Chris Terrill. “According to the data, bathroom remodels were the second most popular project requested, with kitchen remodels also in the top 10. Homeowners are still investing in cosmetic renovations, a fact that demonstrates stability in the home industry.”

Home improvement project requests decreased eight percent for the third quarter. Of the cities data was collected from, Dallas had the highest percentage (44%) of home improvement requests. Most requested tasks in Dallas included remodeling a bathroom and installing porcelain and ceramic tile.

For interior design trends, the most popular room to remodel was the kitchen and the most popular color to use in the remodel was grey. Additionally, the most common types of countertop and flooring materials were marble and tile, respectively.

The data was collected from nearly 700,000 service requests received through HomeAdvisor.com from July- September 2014. The data was divided into two categories: additions and remodels or maintenance and repairs. Additional information was provided by HomeAdvisor’s Cost Guide and DesignMine tools.

Visit HomeAdvisor’s website to view the complete Quarterly Trend Report which includes home project data, design data, and home tips nationally as well as regionally. Data from the first and second quarters of the Quarterly Trend Report can also be viewed.

About HomeAdvisor
HomeAdvisor is a leading website and mobile app provider offering resources for home repair and improvement projects. HomeAdvisor’s patented ProFinder technology matches homeowner projects to the nation’s largest network of over 80,000 pre-screened, customer-reviewed home improvement professionals. Homeowners can make informed home project decisions using resources including: Pro Reviews, featuring reviews from homeowners who have actually been connected with the service professionals they review; Cost Guide, providing average costs for projects coast-to-coast; DesignMine, providing inspiration and collaboration for remodeling projects; as well as robust home tips and project planning tools. Access to all of the site’s features is free for homeowners, with no membership or fees required. HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, Colo.

Media Contact:
Brooke Gabbert
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
bgabbert(at)homeadvisor(dot)com
Direct: 303.963.8173

*The Quarterly Trend report data is based on the number of service request submitted to HomeAdvisor.com from June 1- September 30, 2014, the number of unique visitors to Cost Guide pages from June 1-September 30, 2014, and the top 50 photos that have been viewed on DesignMine from June 1- September 30, 2014.

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