PRO Home Improvement Monthly Tracker

A partnership between The Farnsworth Group & the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI).

PRO Research Insights

The Farnsworth Group and the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) have once again partnered to provide manufacturers and suppliers with monthly updates on critical factors impacting customer behaviors and attitudes in our industry. Specifically Product Availability, Material Costs, and Labor. We'll be fielding monthly surveys to DIYers, DIFM and Contractors to get a consistent pulse on the project sentiment and behaviors of each audience.

Check out our DIY/DIFM Results.

Project Activity

The last two months have seen fewer project delays among pros. Availability is still the leading cause, but material pricing is now second.  Keep watch on how these two factors change in the coming months. For example, when we look at their top two challenges, pricing continues to become more of a challenge over availability.

Labor

Labor challenges may be re emerging as we head into the busy season for home improvement projects. However, this is a long-stranding challenge for our industry, and many pros now have larger headwinds at the moment such as availability and price.

Materials & Availability

Like DIY and DIFM,contractors continue to see the biggest availability issues with Lumber, then Building Materials like roofing, insulation and drywall. Materials are currently being delayed around 2 weeks for most pros, which has been fairly stable.

Costs & Pricing

We recently began tracking the impact product prices are having on pro purchases.  28% of pros purchase a cheaper brand or product, which is much higher than DIYers. 26% of Pros said they purchased less than planned, which again is much higher than what DIYers have reported.

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A partnership between The Farnsworth Group & the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI).

PRO Research Insights

The Farnsworth Group and the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) have once again partnered to provide manufacturers and suppliers with monthly updates on critical factors impacting customer behaviors and attitudes in our industry. Specifically Product Availability, Material Costs, and Labor. We'll be fielding monthly surveys to DIYers, DIFM and Contractors to get a consistent pulse on the project sentiment and behaviors of each audience.

Check out our DIY/DIFM Results.

Project Activity

The last two months have seen fewer project delays among pros. Availability is still the leading cause, but material pricing is now second.  Keep watch on how these two factors change in the coming months. For example, when we look at their top two challenges, pricing continues to become more of a challenge over availability.

Labor

Labor challenges may be re emerging as we head into the busy season for home improvement projects. However, this is a long-stranding challenge for our industry, and many pros now have larger headwinds at the moment such as availability and price.

Materials & Availability

Like DIY and DIFM,contractors continue to see the biggest availability issues with Lumber, then Building Materials like roofing, insulation and drywall. Materials are currently being delayed around 2 weeks for most pros, which has been fairly stable.

Costs & Pricing

We recently began tracking the impact product prices are having on pro purchases.  28% of pros purchase a cheaper brand or product, which is much higher than DIYers. 26% of Pros said they purchased less than planned, which again is much higher than what DIYers have reported.

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