Annual spending on home improvements and repairs is expected to reach $350 billion by the middle of next year, said Abbe Will, associate project director at the center. Spending for the second quarter was at just over $324 billion.
Will predicts that the low inventory of existing homes for sale is holding back even larger gains, because remodeling and repairs tend to happen around the time of a sale.
Rising home values and increased home equity levels are encouraging more homeowners to take on larger projects, says Chris Herbert, managing director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies.
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