Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake City, UT

How Happy Are Salt Lake City's Homeowners?

What makes Salt Lake City (SLC) a hub of homeowner happiness? Hint: It’s more than the world-class skiing, a growing craft beer scene and year-round farmers’ markets. With a low cost of living and rising home equity, homeowners can afford to tackle more home improvement projects. And for residents of SLC, home happiness comes in the form of updated windows, hardwood floors, natural light and air conditioning. While smaller updates are popular, more than half of residents said they would like to renovate or remodel their homes.

Salt Lake City'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
  • Planted a garden/landscaping
  • Replaced/refinished flooring
  • Remodeled the kitchen
  • Installed central air conditioning

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Remodel the kitchen
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Replace/refinish flooring
  • Build a patio/deck/porch/sun room
  • Replace/add windows

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Happiest Home Features

Salt Lake City'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
  • Lots of natural light
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Hardwood flooring
  • New appliances

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Up-to-date bathrooms
  • Organized closet/storage space
  • New windows
  • Marble or quartz countertops

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Patio or deck
  • In-ground sprinkler system
  • Attached garage
  • Trees
  • Garden

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Professional landscaping
  • Awning or overhang for shade
  • Solar energy roofing features
  • A fire pit
  • Hot tub

It's not just projects and features that make Salt Lake City'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
  • Can live & work in close proximity
  • Good municipal services

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 Salt Lake City home:

  • Homeowners have:3.8 bedrooms

  • Homeowners have:2.4 bathrooms

  • Average time living in home:12 years

  • Average square footage:2,400

  • Age of home:34 years

  • Avg. home price (Feb. '18):330,000Powered by Redfin

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