Democrats are more willing to spend money on home projects and Republicans are more likely to complete “do-it-yourself” projects, according to HomeAdvisor’s 2016 True Cost Report. The report provides insight into how generational, regional and political differences affect American homeowners’ attitudes, spending habits and decision-making when it comes to home improvement projects. The report is informed by HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide, a database that collects real cost data from millions of homeowner projects, as well as results from an annual survey conducted among homeowners.

“The survey uncovered that factors such as political affiliation, age and geographic location can significantly affect American homeowners’ attitudes and decision-making when it comes to home improvement and repair projects,” said HomeAdvisor’s Cost advisor Leah Ingram. “Additionally, homeowners are more willing to invest in home improvement projects and are prepared to do so.”

Highlights of the 2016 True Cost Report include:

  • Homeowner spending and home project habits are similar among Millennials and Baby Boomers, as both age groups are completing more home maintenance and repair projects than any other age group;
  • Homeowners are saving for home projects, with 92 percent of homeowners paying for home maintenance and repair projects with cash and home improvements ranking second only to vacations when it comes to matters for which homeowners save money – ranking above cars, jewelry, home appliances and furniture, and;
  • Homeowners are most focused on remodeling, routine maintenance and repair, and energy and security projects, with alarm installation and locksmith services ranking highest among homeowner requests in the past year.

“Our data indicated that in the past 12 months, there was a 47 percent increase in homeowners who spent more than $1,000 on home improvement projects,” Ingram said. “We attribute this rise to the shrinking housing inventories and escalating home prices, which provide equity for homeowners to boost the enjoyment and monetary values of their existing properties.”

Click here to see the full 2016 True Cost report.

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