US homeowners spend more than $300 billion a year on residential renovations and repairs. For over two decades, our Remodeling Futures Program has studied trends in the remodeling industry, including changes in the types and costs of projects that homeowners undertake, such as the growing interest in energy-efficient products, healthy homes, and “smart home” technologies. The program issues a biennial Improving America’s Housing report, a quarterly Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA), and other publications.

Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity

The Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity provides a short-term outlook of national home improvement and repair spending to owner-occupied homes.

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Reports & Papers

Demographic Change and the Remodeling Outlook

February 27, 2017

Author: Joint Center for Housing Studies

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Remodeling Futures Steering Committee

The Remodeling Futures Program of the Joint Center is a comprehensive study of the factors influencing the growth and changing characteristics of housing renovation and repair activity in the United States.

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Data & Charts


Abbe Will

Research Associate and Associate Project Director, Remodeling Futures

Robust Outlook for Residential Remodeling Through Mid-Year 2019

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Homeowners are expected to increase spending on improvements and repairs at a solid clip over the coming year, according to...

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Elizabeth La Jeunesse

Senior Research Analyst

U.S. Households are Using Less Energy

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Although the number of U.S. households increased by about 4 percent between 2009 and 2015, total on-site energy usage in...

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