Pittsburgh, PA

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Pittsburgh, PA

How Happy Are Pittsburgh's Homeowners?

Enjoying a Steelers Game and a Primanti Bros. sandwich may make Pittsburgh’s homeowners happy. But when it comes to their homes, they’re looking for a little more. Smaller, older homes with dated kitchens and bathrooms give the Steel City a lower-than-average happiness score, with more than half of residents saying a remodel would make them happier. But it’s not all bad news. More than three-quarters of Pittsburghers say their homes are worth more than they paid for them.

Pittsburgh'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
  • Remodeled the kitchen
  • Remodeled a bathroom
  • Replaced/refinished flooring
  • Built a patio/deck/porch/sun room

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Remodel the kitchen
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Replace/add windows
  • Install or replace driveway or walkway
  • Replace/refinish flooring

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Happiest Home Features

Pittsburgh'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
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Lots of natural light
  • 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
  • Front porch
  • Attached garage
  • Side or back porch
  • Trees

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Professional landscaping
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Freshly painted exterior
  • Fence
  • New roof

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

What Makes
Homeowners Happy?

  • Reasonable cost of living
  • Easy access to highways
  • Good municipal services
  • Reasonable property & school taxes
  • Highly-rated school district

Overall Home
Happiness

83%

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 Pittsburgh home:

  • Homeowners have:3.2 bedrooms

  • Homeowners have:2.1 bathrooms

  • Average time living in home:14 years

  • Average square footage:2,000

  • Age of home:52 years

  • Avg. home price (Feb. '18):150,000Powered by Redfin

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