Boston, MA

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Boston, MA

How Happy Are Boston's Homeowners?

Boston’s homeowners told us about the completed home projects that have brought them the most joy — and about the projects they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they’re enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Boston's homeowners told us about the completed home projects that have brought them the most joy - and about the projects they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Remodeled the kitchen
  • Painted interior room/area
  • Remodeled a bathroom
  • Replaceed/refinished flooring
  • Installed central air conditioning

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Remodel the kitchen
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Install central air conditioning
  • Install or replace driveway or walkway
  • Build a patio/deck/porch/sun room

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Happiest Home Features

Boston's homeowners told us about the home features that have brought them the most joy - and about the features they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Hardwood flooring
  • Lots of natural light
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Central air conditioning
  • Up-to-date bathrooms

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Up-to-date bathrooms
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Central air conditioning
  • Organized closet/storage space
  • New appliances

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Patio or deck
  • Trees
  • Attached garage
  • Front porch
  • New roof

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Professional landscaping
  • Freshly painted exterior
  • Outdoor lighting
  • A fire pit
  • New roof

It's not just projects and features that make Boston's homeowners happy, but also factors such as equity, community and accessibility.

What Makes
Homeowners Happy?

  • Rising home values & equity
  • Easy access to highways
  • Can live & work in close proximity
  • Highly-rated school district
  • Good local services & utilities

Overall Home
Happiness

90%

of homeowners consider themselves at least somewhat happy with their homes.

Impact of Home
Equity on Happiness

To Be Happier In My Home
I'd Like To...

63%

of homeowners say they would be happier if they could remodel or add on to their homes.

The results of our Homeowner Happiness Survey suggest that these characteristics describe the average Boston home:

  • Homeowners have:3.1 bedrooms

  • Homeowners have:2.0 bathrooms

  • Average time living in home:13 years

  • Average square footage:1,900

  • Age of home:55 years

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