While final building industry numbers for 2016 have not yet been released, we can attest that it was a good year and we are optimistic about 2017. Remodeling, an online industry publication, reported in October that business nationwide in the coming year will focus on aging in place remodeling (41.2%), energy efficiency and home automation. Outdoor living and multi-generational housing were next in the top 10 survey of builders and remodelers.
In northern Virginia, we’ll remain cautiously optimistic by saying that we’re seeing a lot of activity in the marketplace across all categories. From new housing starts to kitchen remodels, people are planning the home of their dreams. We’d advise consumers to look ahead at the year, as well, and be aware that it takes up to two months to get a remodeling job under way. The process of selecting a general contractor, finalizing the plans and choosing the flooring, tile and cabinetry takes just about that amount of time. As spring approaches, custom builders’ calendars tend to fill up, so it’s wise to book your project as soon as possible.
When scheduling your project, ask the remodeler about the people who will be working in your home. At TCB, it’s our company policy that in every home we remodel there will always be a TCB lead person on site. At no time will anyone be working in your home without a TCB employee who knows the job and can answer your questions. It’s important to us that you feel comfortable and have a direct contact person. In our minds, custom building includes outstanding service to the customer. “Custom” doesn’t necessarily mean expensive. It means personalized – in all aspects of the project.