With massive decline in home values, homeowners often have little option when it comes to selling their homes and many are looking for ways to improve their current dwelling through remodeling. Home improvement not only adds value and enjoyment to your home, it will prepare you best when it does come time to sell in a hyper-competitive market. Homeowners are also looking to find ways they can save in their day to day lives as cash becomes more important, and have found great ways to do this through green living. However most homeowner's DIY or green living experience comes mostly from watching HGTV and have yet to really put these ideas into practice.
The social web has now allowed for the home improvement community to come together. Disjointed by nature, the industry needed a way for homeowners, do-it-your-selfers, contractors, architects, designers, green activists, retailers, and manufacturers to communicate on an open platform to discuss how to better improve their lives through their homes, businesses, and the environment. Through this online collaboration the community is built upon a data repository and interaction point for anything related to your home, and serves as the collective authority on these subjects.
Home 2.0, as we've dubbed it, is here and built upon the idea that people should be able to easily gather, validate and manage information concerning their home projects, and furthermore comfortably create a plan for a project, put it into action and see it through. Social networking in this space will soon see the integration of customer relationship and project management applications, review based directories, interior design software, accounting and record keeping. As this functionality quickly becomes available, the community can begin to function as a true marketplace making home improvement and home services easy.