Which Home Improvement Professionals are Most Popular?Professionals Before Selling

NATIONAL

%

WEST

%

MIDWEST

%

SOUTH

%

NORTHEAST

%

Handymen

22%

General Contractors

16%

Handymen

32%

Handymen

21%

Handymen

35%

HVAC

13%

Handymen

14%

Window Contractors

25%

HVAC

17%

Window Contractors

21%

Electricians

12%

Painters

10%

Electricians

13%

Electricians

16%

Plumbers

15%

Plumbers

10%

Plumbers

9%

HVAC

10%

Plumbers

11%

Lawn Irrigation

6%

General Contractors

9%

Window Contractors

8%

Remodeling Contractors

5%

General Contractors

9%

General Contractors

4%

 

Percentage results reflect the likelihood of sellers to hire a particular professional type above the national average

  • Similar to Porch’s last Data Trends Report, General Contractors and Handymen continue to show up in all areas of the country as one of the most hired professionals before selling a home. Homeowners are likely looking to do small projects that spruce up their home before putting it on the market.
  • Compared to a few months ago, Window Contractors have become increasingly popular in most areas of the country. As people put their homes on the market and have open houses, windows need to be insulated properly to keep air-conditioned air inside the house, and windows need to have proper screens to insure airflow when air-conditioning is not available. If windows are poorly insulated or have broken screens, potential buyers will be sure to notice.
  • Porch was surprised to see that the majority homeowners are still not hiring Painters before they sell their homes. Interior and exterior paint is an affordable and simple way to improve curb appeal, and on average Painting provides close to a 100 percent project ROI.

In addition to looking at the Top 5 most popular Professional Types, Porch also took a look at the Average Project Cost (APC) for those that were in the #1 slot.

Pros Before Selling

NATIONAL

%

APC

Handymen

22%

$997

WEST

%

APC

General Contractors

16%

$10,626

MIDWEST

%

APC

Handymen

32%

$490

SOUTH

%

APC

Handymen

21%

$1,452

NORTHEAST

%

APC

Handymen

35%

$398

 

 

 

Which home improvement projects are most popular after buying a home?

Which Home Improvement Professionals are Most Popular?Projects After Buying

NATIONAL 

%

APC

WEST

%

APC

MIDWEST

%

APC

SOUTH

%

APC

NORTH-EAST

%

APC

Door

Replacement

7%

$1,796

Door

Replacement

10%

$2,224

Door

Replacement

14%

$267

Roof Repair/

Replacement

5%

$9,905

New Door

12%

$1,919

 

Roof Repair/

Replacement

3%

$10,793

Roof Repair/

Replacement

4%

$16,365

HVAC Repair/

Replacement

1%

$2,827

New Door

3%

$4,614

Roof Repair/

Replacement

1%

$23,048

 

New Garage

2%

$132,002

Interior

Painting

3%

$6,354

Electrical Updates

1%

$8,699

New Garage

3%

$135,480

Interior Painting

1%

$5,655

 

Electrical Update

1%

$31,393

New Garage

1%

$141,200

Roof Repair

1%

$7,190

Electrical

Updates

1%

$33,754

New Windows

1%

$18,333

 

Interior

Painting

1%

$3,786

Exterior

Painting

1%

$2,214

New Deck

1%

$6,478

Interior

Painting

1%

$2,341

New Garage

1%

$72,900

 






















Percentage results reflect the likelihood of homeowners to complete a specific project above the national average

  • Porch found that Door Replacements are currently one of the most popular projects homeowners tackle after purchasing a new home. As an instant way boost curb appeal and update a newly purchased home, it also brings an ROI of over 100 percent in most areas of the country.
  • Roof Repair and Replacement is also an exceedingly popular project done to newly purchased homes. Not only do the summer months provide the dry weather required for Roofing Projects, but typically Roofing issues and repair costs are negotiated during home inspections which motivate people to get their roofing issues fixed in the early months of owning a new home.
  • Interior Painting is also a popular project, as it allows homeowners to put their personal touch on their new home at a relatively low cost.

In addition to looking at the Top 5 most popular Professional Types, Porch also took a look at the project Return on Investment (ROI) and Average Project Cost (APC) for those that were in the #1 slot.

Projects After Buying

NATIONAL

%

ROI

APC

Door Replacement

7%

136%

$1,796

WEST

X

ROI

APC

Door Replacement

10%

114%

$2,224

MIDWEST

X

ROI

APC

Door Replacement

14%

213%

$267

SOUTH

X

ROI

APC

Roof Repair/Replacement

15%

15%

$9,905

NORTHEAST

X

ROI

APC

Door Replacement

13%

106%

$916

 

 

 

 

The most searched for professionals on Porch.com (over the last 30 days)

30 Day Search 

NATIONAL

WEST

MIDWEST

SOUTH

NORTHEAST

Painters

Painters

Painters

Painters

Painters

Plumbers

Plumbers

Plumbers

Plumbers

Plumbers

Electricians

Electricians

Electricians

Electricians

Electricians

Roofers

Handymen

Roofers

Roofers

Roofers

Handymen

Roofers

General Contactors

Handymen

Handymen

 

 

 

 

 

  • Painters were the most searched pro type across the nation in the past 30 days. Porch was not surprised to see this trend, as painting is generally a popular project with homeowners, and summertime is also the ideal climate for exterior painting due to dry weather. 
  • Roofers increased in the search rankings in the Midwest and South since Porch’s last Data Trends Report. We attribute this to homeowners preparing for harsher weather in the upcoming fall and winter months
  • Conversely, searches for landscaping professionals dropped out of the top 5 search terms since Porch’s last Data Trends Report. Homeowners have likely already completed their landscaping projects for the summer, and are now looking ahead to preparing their homes for winter by hiring professionals such as electricians, which has increased in the search results since Porch’s last report.

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