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

Delays came up slightly with 38% of Contractors saying they had some project delays last month.  However it’s below last August when it was 44%. 60% say availability is the #1 reason for delays, which was only 40% last August.  So while fewer are having delays, supply constraints are still a challenge.

Going forward, 65% of pros say Material Pricing is their biggest challenge, compared to 50% last August.

Labor

Labor challenges are nearly the same YoY with 34% saying they’ve had no labor challenge this month compared to 31% last August.

Materials & Availability

The same can be said about availability with nearly 70% experiencing availability issues both this August and last. However, unlike DIYers, Pros toughest category each month for the past year has been lumber.

And YES, they are continuing to buy materials online. 39% bought at least some materials online and had them delivered to the job site this August, 39% bought online and delivered last August. Online is sticking!

Costs & Pricing

Last August only 9% expressed having severe cost challenges. Today that’s doubled to 19%.

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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

Delays came up slightly with 38% of Contractors saying they had some project delays last month.  However it’s below last August when it was 44%. 60% say availability is the #1 reason for delays, which was only 40% last August.  So while fewer are having delays, supply constraints are still a challenge.

Going forward, 65% of pros say Material Pricing is their biggest challenge, compared to 50% last August.

Labor

Labor challenges are nearly the same YoY with 34% saying they’ve had no labor challenge this month compared to 31% last August.

Materials & Availability

The same can be said about availability with nearly 70% experiencing availability issues both this August and last. However, unlike DIYers, Pros toughest category each month for the past year has been lumber.

And YES, they are continuing to buy materials online. 39% bought at least some materials online and had them delivered to the job site this August, 39% bought online and delivered last August. Online is sticking!

Costs & Pricing

Last August only 9% expressed having severe cost challenges. Today that’s doubled to 19%.

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