Storm-Proofing Projects Spike After Hurricanes and Tornadoes Batter Homeowners

Homeowners can only endure so many monster hurricanes and tornadoes before they’re forced to take action.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, homeowners are finally able to consider largescale remodeling projects six years after the housing bubble burst—which cost an average of $100,000 to $150,000. Among the projects, one of the biggest trends shows homeowners investing in storm-proofing upgrades like wind-resistant roofing, built-in generators and basement drainage.

“It’s exploded since Hurricane Irene in 2011,” Justin Mihalik, a vice president of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects, told MarketWatch.com.

Hunkering Down With Home Improvement: 3 Projects That Make Sense Today

One thing for sure in this unpredictable economy is that homeowners are staying put. In fact, most people do not plan to move any time soon, according to a 2011 Harris Interactive poll. This shift from sell to stay is why it pays for homeowners to look beyond resale value when making home improvement decisions.

As Designer and HGTV Personality Lori Dennis explains, “People today are looking more holistically at home remodeling, choosing projects that add comfort, efficiency and functionality.” In this new era of home improvement, three projects stand out.

Window Replacement