With 2018 coming to a close, it is time to look forward to a new year. Both strong employment conditions and rising home values are encouraging homeowners in Texas and from coast-to-coast to invest in their homes. While it’s hard to nail down exactly which projects eager homeowners will be taking on, these improvement projects will likely be at the top of the list in 2019, and even 2020.
High-Tech Home Surveillance
Home security monitoring systems are changing. Many high-tech home monitoring systems are more personalized and accessible than their predecessors. With features like night vision and high-quality video surveillance, the home security systems of today and tomorrow are more advanced than ever before. Sure, 1080P was considered the tops at one time. But 2K and 4K IP security cameras truly offer the best video clarity available. Security camera systems have adapted this technology to capture details and crisp images even from a distance. These monitoring systems provide the best video quality, with smooth 30 frames-per-second, real-time, on-screen movement. They also boast features like intelligent comprehension (which saves recording space), an 88-degree horizontal field of view and the ability to stand up to the elements, since they are weatherproof. Homeowners put a lot into their home. Why not protect it?
According to data from the Home Improvement Research Institute, lighting is set to be a key trend in the upcoming year. As reported by Forbes, home wellness is on the rise, and the lighting industry is leading the way. Senior vice president of research at Delos and Ph.D., Jie Zhao, declares that circadian rhythm lighting is a popular topic. Think indoor lighting that closely matches natural lighting that can pair with smart home automation to resemble the sun’s natural shift throughout the day. Luckily, technologies that can mimic a more natural light exist today. Philips Hue is a smart home lighting system that has changed the way we experience light in our homes. There are a myriad of ways homeowners can customize the lighting in their homes with this smart lighting technology. Philips Hue can even mimic a sunrise to help you wake up more naturally and you can even use the lighting to create a nighttime environment that is more conducive to sleep.
Some home renovations will also be at the top of the home improvement checklist, and the bathroom remodel is one of them. This tried-and-true home renovation can not only breathe new life into an existing bathroom space, a remodeled bathroom, as one of the most valuable home improvements, can actually bring in more money when you decide to sell your home. For example, a mid-range remodel in the bathroom, which often includes updated fixtures, tile, counters, toilet and new lighting, returns just over 70 percent of your investment. And, there is also good reason to remodel your standard bathroom into a universally accessible bathroom, with features like wide doorways, a walk-in shower, lower light switches and support bars. Why? By the year 2050, experts have estimated that the population over age 65 will more than double, from 43.1 million to 83.7 million. Modifications with accessibility in mind will make your home more desirable when it comes time to put it on the market.
Whether you opt to add a security monitoring system to your home, improve the lighting or undergo a bathroom remodel, these three projects will be at the top of many home improvement lists.