Columbus, OH

The nation's largest study exploring what makes homeowners happy where it matters most — in their homes.

Columbus, OH

How Happy Are Columbus' Homeowners?

The capital of Ohio, Columbus is famous for its zoo, its scenic University campus (home to the Ohio State University Buckeyes), and its metro parks. So, it’s not surprising that Columbusites are happiest on their porches and decks, under the shade of their plentiful trees — or that they rank space for their animals among their home’s most fulfilling features. What could make them happier? Professional landscaping, for starters. Then, kitchen and bathroom remodels with the installation of marble or quartz countertops.

Columbus'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

  • Painted interior room/area
  • Replaced/refinished flooring
  • Remodeled the kitchen
  • Remodeled a bathroom
  • Plant a garden/landscaping

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Remodel the kitchen
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Build a patio/deck/porch/sun room
  • Replace/refinish flooring
  • Install or replace driveway or walkway

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Happiest Home Features

Columbus'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

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

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Up-to-date bathrooms
  • Marble or quartz countertops
  • New windows
  • Improved insulation

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Patio or deck
  • Attached garage
  • Front porch
  • Trees
  • Space for animals

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Professional landscaping
  • Freshly painted exterior
  • Solar energy roofing features
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Awning or overhang for shade

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

What Makes
Homeowners Happy?

  • Easy access to highways
  • Reasonable cost of living
  • Rising home values & equity
  • Highly-rated school district
  • Can live & work in close proximity

Overall Home
Happiness

84%

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...

62%

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 Columbus home:

  • Homeowners have:3.2 bedrooms

  • Homeowners have:2.2 bathrooms

  • Average time living in home:11 years

  • Average square footage:2,000

  • Age of home:36 years

  • Avg. home price (Feb. '18):160,000Powered by Redfin

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Check out the full Homeowner Happiness Report and find out more about our methodology.