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

Specialty Replacement Remodelers Likely to See More Consistent Business Performance During Market Downturn

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

As the residential remodeling industry is once again mired in a slump, we expect many home improvement contracting businesses will...

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Sophia Wedeen

Research Assistant

Pandemic Leaves Many Remodelers Concerned About Revenue and Survivorship

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Most residential remodeling firms experienced reduced business activity during the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to our...

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