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Survey: 52% of Homeowners Planning Home Improvements for Fall

A new survey from ""Zillow"":http://www.zillow.com/ shows more than half of homeowners are planning to improve or add on to their homes this fall.


According to the Zillow Digs Fall Home Improvement Trend and Spending Survey, 52 percent of homeowners have some sort of home project in the works for the coming months. That number is down from 60 percent in summer, when people are more drawn to work outdoors.

Cost-wise, homeowners plan to spend around $1,000, which is $200 less than during the summer. Most of the attention will be focused on home office or playroom remodels, Zillow reported.

""Fall is a perfect transition time from outdoor to indoor activities, which is resonating in home improvement plans and trends,"" said Zillow Digs trend expert Cynthia Nowak. ""Parents are sprucing up indoor play areas to keep the kids active and occupied, while looking for ways to update their own workspaces for the season ahead as workdays are shortened by kid pick-up and drop-off duty.""

The survey's findings show homes with children are far more active in project planning, with 31 percent (versus 19 percent of those without children) planning three or more home improvements. Homes with children are also planning to spend a bit more: $1,500.

Also, when it comes to inspiration, Zillow found the Internet is the most popular source for aspiring handymen and women. According to the survey, 39 percent of respondents said they've turned to the Web for inspiration, with 48 percent of younger homeowners and 47 percent of those without children finding ideas online.


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