Slowing of Residential Remodel Expected to Extend into 2025

Cambridge, MA, April 18, 2024-Annual expenditures for improvements and repairs to owner-occupied homes are projected to decrease this year and into Q1 2025, but at a moderating rate, according to 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 that annual owner spending for home renovations and maintenance will decline by over 7% in Q3 2024 before easing to just -2.6% through Q1 2025. 

“Residential remodeling is expected to benefit from the rebounding housing market and stabilizing material costs as we move into next year,” says Carlos Martín, project director of the Remodeling Futures Program at the Center. “While home improvement and repair spending is down from pandemic-induced highs, the nation's aging homes continue to need investment in critical replacements, home performance deficiencies, as well as modernization.”  

“At $451 billion, spending on homeowner improvements and repairs over the coming year is anticipated to be slightly lower than the $463 billion spent over the last year,” says Abbe Will, associate project director of the Remodeling Futures Program. “Yet, the remodeling downturn is poised to be fairly modest and short-lived with market expenditures steadying at near-record levels.”