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Home Purchasing in the Time of COVID-19

2020 didn't just disrupt lives - it completely changed the way people lived.  We all spent more time than ever before in our homes as school went online, companies transitioned to remote work and online shopping became the norm.  This trend made people focus more on where they live. 

How did COVID-19 change home buying?  Find out what we learned from HIRI's Recent Home Buyer Study in the infographic below.
 

 


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Keeping an Eye on DIY: The HIRI Product Purchase Tracking Study

Homeowners and DIYers make their home improvement purchases for any number of reasons. Understanding the mindset around their purchases can help home improvement companies gain insight into their DIY customers and the decisions they’re making in order to market more effectively. 

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How HIRI Delivers Home Improvement Insights for All Levels of Your Company

Having data on home improvement and insights on customer behavior can help professionals navigate a shifting and unpredictable economy.

The Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) gives its members research, survey results and insights on the home improvement industry so that retailers, manufacturers and other organizations can better understand the consumers that they serve.


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Home Care and Maintenance Services

The 2020 HIRI Product Purchase Track Survey (PPTS) is now available to members. The survey looks at trends in home improvement product and service purchases based on data provided biennially from homeowners across the United States.

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Effect of COVID-19 on Business

COVID-19 has changed the way we all do business, from manufacturers to contractors. In a year where we’ve all had to adapt, both to huge swings in demand and in terms of how our services are provided, contractors especially are adjusting to the new realities.

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Top Findings of 2020: HIRI's Insights on the Home Improvement Industry

HIRI's Insights on the Home Improvement Industry 

2020 has been a challenging year across all industries, and home improvement has been no exception. With so many homeowners at home, the demand for home improvement products and services exploded, while the supply chain struggled to keep up with that demand.

Let’s look at the top findings from HIRI’s home improvement industry research this year. 

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Homebuying Spurring Remodeling Activity

A Year of Home Buying

Home sales have been a hot topic throughout much of the year. Aside from the short drop due to COVID-19 lockdowns this spring, home purchasing has exploded, showing growth rates more than 20% in recent months compared to last year. While this explosive growth has larger implications overall, like increasing home prices and homeownership rates and decreasing housing inventory, it also has a longer tail for those within the home improvement and remodeling industry. As shown in HIRI’s Consumer Project Planning survey and echoed by MetroSight’s Issi Romem at HIRI’s recent Virtual Summit, the time period following a home purchase is filled with a flurry of renovation activity by the new home owners.

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HIRI’s Retail Selector Study: An Update and Insights

There isn’t one way to define “normal” in 2020, especially when it comes to home improvement industry trends. 

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Key Takeaways from the 2020 Virtual Summit

This year’s HIRI Summit was, like most conferences and events in 2020, held a little differently — though that didn’t take away from the wealth of knowledge the panel of experts imparted.

The HIRI Virtual Summit 2020 event provided attendees access to valuable data and market research on home improvement over a three-day span. The best part was, this year, registrants could attend from wherever they were, at no cost. 

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Making Decisions With Market Sizing Reports

The construction industry has seen monumental shifts and significant economic changes in recent years (not to mention the last few months). It’s an understatement to say that business hasn’t been predictable. 

It can help to get some perspective — or at least a way to navigate through the changes and trends. A HIRI membership offers its members a glimpse of just that: the bigger picture. 

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Home-Basing: Trends & Insights on Homeowners’ Most Valuable Investment

Home-basing is a term coined by Trusted Media Brands and refers to the act of staying home and creating experiences there, as opposed to going out on the town. This trend has become especially popular with quarantines and stay-at-home orders in place around the country this year. 

The HIRI 2020 Virtual Summit included a presentation by Nick Grzechowiak, Chief Content Officer at Trusted Media Brands, on this trend. Entitled “Home Basing: Trends and Insights on Your Most Valuable Investment,” it explored the trends in homeowner and DIYer purchasing activity and helped Summit attendees understand the data that current market research reveals around home-basing. 

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COVID-19 Impact Tracker Updates: Pro and DIY Behavior

To measure the current economic climate and understand purchasing behavior in home improvement, the COVID-19 Impact Tracker was developed and used to research consumer purchases from home improvement stores by the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) in partnership with The Farnsworth Group. 

HIRI and The Farnsworth Group made it a priority to study home improvement shopping behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. This  year, the impact of COVID on the behavior of home improvement professionals and DIYers have been significant, and we tracked this information on a regular basis to stay on top of the trend. 

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2020 Sees explosion in home improvement spending

HIRI's Size of the Home Improvement Products Market is the home improvement industry’s only product focused size of market study providing data back to 1992 with 5 year forecasts for the consumer and professional markets.

HIRI releases two forecast updates every year for HIRI members. Learn more on how to become a HIRI member.

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4 Reasons to Attend HIRI’s Virtual Summit 2020

Working in today’s home improvement industry looks very different than it did five years ago. (Did you think you’d hear this much about Zoom meetings one year ago?) While the industry might look different, some things remain the same: This year’s HIRI Summitis sure to delight our attendees. 

But the benefits of attending the HIRI’s 2020 Virtual Summit are greater because this year ... the event is entirely free. 

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The Importance of Industry Networking

When home improvement companies share knowledge and create relationships with others in the industry, everyone wins.

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Belonging to HIRI: Our Top 8 FAQs Answered

As the only non-profit organization dedicated to home improvement research, we aim to provide our members with fundamental home improvement needed to make the best decisions for their businesses. That’s why we want to be able to answer all the questions both our members and potential members may have about membership. We want to make this process as easy and streamlined as possible. 

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COVID-19 Summary: Final Insights From the Tracker

The Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) and The Farnsworth Group partnered up for the past three months to conduct essential research regarding project requests and closures, homeowner DIY purchases, contractor business, and materials supply trends in the wake of COVID-19. 

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Benefits of Becoming HIRI Member: Upcoming Research Releases

The home improvement industry has seen significant shifts this year, especially with the rise of DIY projects due to stay-at-home orders. Keeping up with how homeowners and construction professionals make their purchasing decisions is a challenge. 

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What You Need to Know: Secondary vs. Primary Research

Research is a form of scientific investigation that uses empirical methods to collect data through various methodologies, is topical and always begins with an industry question. The data gathered and/or disseminated is then used to inform industry professionals, such as those in the home improvement industry, so they can make appropriate decisions that are relevant to their own goals.

Not all home improvement research is conducted the same, however. While there are multiple methodologies used in research, the two main research types are primary and secondary research. It’s important for home improvement industry professionals to know the difference between them and what benefits each research type can bring to their knowledge and project execution.

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The Impacts of COVID-19 on DIYer and Pro Behavior

The impacts of the current pandemic are widespread, and the construction industry (and its economy) is no stranger to its effects. The impact of COVID-19 on home improvement projects has become a challenge for many manufacturers and retailers.

A few purchasing trends have changed significantly, especially with DIY projects and research around home improvement products. If you’re selling to DIYers and home improvement contractors, there are a few things to note when it comes to selling your product during the current COVID crisis. 

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