U.S. Renovation Spending Forecast To Rise

Growth in improvement and repair expenditures to owner-occupied homes is expected to remain solid throughout the year and into 2022 in the U.S., says the ‘Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA)’ by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The LIRA projects a healthy pace of mid-single digit gains in annual home renovation and repair spending this year, with 4.8 per cent growth by the first quarter of next year. “With a financial boost from recent federal stimulus payments and strong house price appreciation, homeowners are continuing to invest in the upkeep and improvement of their homes,” says Chris Herbert, managing director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies. “This lift in incomes and ongoing strength of the housing market are providing homeowners incentives to make even greater investments in their homes this year.”