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One of the most important parts of owning your own construction business is keeping up to date with the latest home remodel trends. It’s much easier to maintain your existing client base and source new leads if you understand how the market is currently working and can incorporate new building and design developments in your portfolio. If you need some help to get 2017 off on the right foot, we’ve come up with a few of the top home remodel trends happening right now.

Sustainable builds

Professionals and homeowners alike are more conscious than ever of their impact on the environment, so most home renovation projects now focus on sustainability and eco-friendliness. These green home renovations decrease energy consumption in many different ways. Renewable sources, such as solar panels, create energy without harmful environmental effects. Fewer machines and more handcrafted manpower results in low-impact construction practices. Eco-friendly building materials, such as sustainably harvested wood and locally sourced stone and tile, save our natural resources from devastating effects.

As a contractor, this shift may mean that you will need to retrain and alter your business model to incorporate eco-friendly building practices.

Fortunately, there are plenty of local and national programs that can help construction professionals catch up with the latest sustainable building trends. The GPRO program from the U.S. Green Building Council is perhaps the most well-known national training program for green contractors. It provides background information on sustainable builds and specific training courses for specialized construction services. Once you’re confident with green building practices, you can keep your contracting business accountable by racking up as many Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified builds as possible.

Energy efficient upgrades

Another environmentally conscious home renovation trend that has taken off in the past few years is energy efficiency. Some homeowners leap into the deep end of decreased energy use by installing solar panels. Others can’t afford or don’t want long-term commitment, but still want to make their homes more energy efficient. As a contractor, it’s up to you give homeowners the information they need to know about conserving energy in the home. Depending on your specialization, there are many ways to decrease the energy consumption of a home. From Energy Star rated appliances, lighting, and HVAC systems to cool roofs, insulated attics, and eco-windows, there are energy efficient products to suit every homeowner’s home remodel needs.

Increased space and light

As homeowners embrace sustainable and energy efficient changes throughout the home, their design preferences often change to reflect this new environmentally friendly outlook. In terms of home remodeling projects, this means a move towards open plan living, bright and airy spaces, and a connection with the outside world. Many of these effects are less expensive to achieve than you might think, so more homeowners are enlisting the help of professionals to knock down walls and brighten up their homes. If your contracting business can offer projects that incorporate open plan living spaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, and indoor/outdoor spaces with large folding doors and walls, you will be sure to attract trendsetting leads this year.

Offsite/modular construction

Although this particular trend has been around for several years now, experts agree that modular and offsite construction projects are going to be popular with many budget-conscious homeowners this year. As energy and other household costs continue to rise, the number of expensive custom builds will decrease in order to make way for more economical alternatives. Modular or prefab construction can be tricky for small businesses and independent contractors because it requires collaborative communication and substantial off site work, but being able to provide these services for clients means opening the door for new leads that you may not previously have been able to reach.

The Internet of Things

Smart technology is particularly trendy at the moment, since linkable products that learn your heating, lighting, security, and other energy-use preferences can save money and reduce household energy consumption at the same time. Perhaps the most enticing aspect of these kinds of products and systems is convenience, since they can all be accessed on the go from smartphone and tablet apps. If you can understand, offer, and install just a few of these high-tech products, you will be more likely to find new construction leads in 2017 and beyond.

Keeping up with current market trends is essential for any contracting business that wants to be successful and relevant to both existing and potential leads. Although regular training and specialist expertise provide a strong basis for your business, knowing what homeowners are looking for now will help you to grow your client list and succeed in a competitive market. Staying on top of these trends, as well as utilizing the expertise of professionals at Home Improvement Leads, will set you up with quality leads that are ready to invest in the latest of home renovations.