Americans spend more than $400 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

Improving America's Housing 2019

March 12, 2019

Author: Joint Center for Housing Studies

Healthy Home Remodeling: Consumer Trends and Contractor Preparedness

January 31, 2019

Author: Elizabeth La Jeunesse

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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

Remodeling Market Expected to Stall in 2020

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Annual gains in homeowner spending for improvements and repairs are set to give out by the second half of next...

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Elizabeth La Jeunesse

Senior Research Analyst

Small Consumer Segment Drives Majority of Remodeling

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Of the more than 77 million homeowners in the US, an estimated 22 million completed at least one home improvement...

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