Like most industries, the home improvement business is rapidly changing in today’s technology-heavy world. From social media and global communication to innovations in tools and technologies, advancements are changing the way home improvement professionals do business, and this will continue happening into the future. To get a better idea of what home improvement might look like in ten or twenty years, we asked our home experts to share their visions of the future, and tell us what their plans are to keep up with a changing industry. Here are some of their comments.
What does the future look like for home improvement?
Are there any emerging technologies that are important?
What issues facing today’s experts will the future offer solutions for?
How do you see green technology featuring in the industry’s future?
What plans do you have to adapt your business to a changing world?
Automation seems to be what people are the most interested in. So called “smart homes” have everything from high tech security systems, appliances and comfort control that can be operated and programmed from smart phones to tablets. In the pest control industry this is no different. ... Knowing when a rat has been caught in an attic by way of a silent signal sent to the technician, can eliminate the odor issues associated with a trap that may not be checked for days, now can be responded to in a timely manner. read more
With 10,000 baby boomers reaching age 65 every day and living longer, homes designed with Universal Design principles that work well for anyone regardless of age or ability will be in high demand. Digital sensors and telehealth technologies are making it possible to age-in-place and avoid the high costs of institutional care, but the homes need to accommodate the needs of older residents (or visitors). read more
One of the most exciting technologies is the type you see on TV shows like Property Brothers, where they can take an existing space, and show you exactly what it will look like when the rehab is done. ... I would imagine that many issues occur because what is said does not match what is done. This type of technology offers pretty close to a “real world” look at the work being done, and could change the way many contractors do business.
Of course, for now it is probably expensive, and takes a computer expert or designer to use it properly, but like most technology it will probably become mainstream in no time. This could be very exciting for both homeowner & contractor! read more
There are two trends which are converging in the home improvement industry: an aging baby boomer population and a young population with a preference for urban, walkable environments. Urban homes, green or “healthy” homes, smaller homes and walkable neighborhoods with strong public transportation are attractive to both groups. read more