Homeowners enjoy a particular advantage over those Americans who rent their living spaces: they can invest in home remodeling, and there’s an endless variety of hardware products they can choose from to modify a room, a piece of furniture, or even the entire house’s interior. Woodworking projects, cabinet lighting, childproof locks, drawer slides, and other hardware products can be used for small-scale work, and homeowners may be able to do some of this work on their own. But for a larger project, such as totally remodeling the master bathroom or the kitchen, professional contractors should be hired, and they will have the right hardware products and skills to get the job done. Who is interested in getting their home remodeled? What hardware products are available?
The Home Improvement Market
Today, the home improvement market is worth many billions of dollars, and experts have predicted that it may grow in the near future, too. Revenue for this industry ranges from Americans visiting their local hardware store to find hardware products all the way to hiring contractors who can remodel the entire house’s interior from front to back. Overall, it is older Americans, aged 55 and over, who invest the most in this work. After all, they have had time to save up for projects such as this, and they tend to move much less often than younger adults, so they’re more interested in improving their current property. Right now, Baby Boomer homeowners outspend Millennial homeowners three to one on such work, but Millennials are getting older, and in the coming decade, they may do some catching up. Their particular interests and tastes may reshape the market to some degree as they become a large demographic of homeowners and home improvement customers. But whether a homeowner is 30 or 60 years old, thy should get the right hardware products for the job.
A project to remodel the home can vary in scale. Small jobs may involve replacing drawers in the kitchen or in a dresser in the bedroom, and handy homeowners can take care of this alone. They can buy replacement drawer slides and even childproof locks at a hardware store, then use the right tools to install this hardware as desired. New drawer handles are also an option, and homeowners may replace a shower head or a kitchen sink’s faucet on their own. More involved jobs than that, however, call for professional contractors who can remake a room from top to bottom.
If a homeowner wants to remodel a room or the entire house, they can get references from their local hardware store to find contractor crews and also find remodeling teams online. A good remodeling company will have its own website, complete with videos, articles, and photos showcasing their work. The customer may also see previous customer reviews and contact information, and they may compare and contrast a few companies before choosing one to hire.
What can these workers do? Their teams will have diverse skills among them, as plumbers, wood workers, tile and flooring experts, and electricians will work on a room to transform it. In the kitchen, for example, crews can remove the old tiles or linoleum and replace it with new materials, and they can also repaint the walls or replace lighting fixtures. These workers may also replace the stove with a new model, and they can also replace the entire sink with the help of a plumber on their team. Even the countertops can be removed and replaced with tough but attractive models made of granite or marble. The cabinets doors, meanwhile, can be refinished, repainted, or replaced entirely. Many homeowners report wanting to do much more home cooking after such a remodeling job, which is often the point.
Master bathrooms aren’t just a room for the toilet; they’re also a place to take a relaxing bath, or work on one’s hair, cosmetics, or shaving in front of the sink and mirror. Plumbers can swap out the sink, toilet, or tub with new and water-efficient models, and here too, the walls can be repainted and tiles replaced. New lighting fixtures can be put in, too. Elderly American may want a new tub that has a side door, for ease of access and slip prevention.