Remodeling Market Shows Optimism despite COVID-19


In the second quarter of 2020, The NAHB Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 73, which indicates more remodelers view conditions as good than poor (Table 1). This is the second quarter with a new RMI, redesigned to ease respondent burden and improve its ability to interpret and track industry trends.

See Table 1 for results here.

The RMI survey asks remodelers to rate five components of the remodeling market as “good,” “fair” or “poor.” Each question is measured on a scale from 0 to 100, where an index number above 50 indicates a higher share view conditions as good than poor.

The Current Conditions Index is an average of three components: the current market for large remodeling projects, moderately-sized projects, and small projects, while the Future Indicator Index is an average of two components: the current rate at which leads and inquiries are coming in and the current backlog of remodeling projects. The overall RMI is calculated by averaging the Current Conditions Index and the Future Indicator Index.

In the second quarter, all components and subcomponents of the RMI were well above 50. The Current Conditions Index averaged 77, with large remodeling projects ($50,000 or more) yielding a reading of 70, moderately-sized remodeling projects (at least $20,000 but less than $50,000) at 78 and small remodeling projects (under $20,000) with a reading of 83. The Future Indicators Index averaged 70, with the rate at which leads and inquiries are coming in at 72 and the backlog of remodeling jobs at 67.

In an effort to track quarterly trends, the redesigned RMI survey also asks remodelers to compare market conditions to three months earlier, using a ‘better,’ ‘about the same,’ ‘worse’ scale. This index posted a reading of 66, indicating that market conditions have improved substantially since the first quarter.

The strong RMI reading in the second quarter reflects business picking up as homeowners remodel with a focus on staying home for work and other activities, amid the pandemic. It is also important to note that remodelers face ongoing supply-side challenges, such as rising material prices and the lack of skilled labor.


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6 replies

  1. Finally some great news. I am in the mold removal San Francisco market, and some home remodel partners of mine are quite optimist about the near future. Those are indeed some great numbers.
    Thank you for the read.

    – Best regards
    James Gordy

  2. It has definitely been very profitable for us at We had some of our best months during this time and it seems a lot of people are taking what they saved and investing it into their homes. We are not complaining!

  3. For us, exterior painting has still had some great profitability even with COVID. Since we do much of our work outside, we’ve had less impact on customers being afraid to have us doing work on the home. It’s nice though because we were nervous in the beginning but I’m happy that things are turning around for the painting industry and others overall

  4. At last some extraordinary news. I’m in the shipping containers for sale wisconsin, and some home rebuild accomplices of mine are very hopeful person about the not so distant future. Those are without a doubt some incredible numbers.

    Much thanks to you for the read.

  5. COVID really changed the game for a lot of markets, but seemed to be a huge boom for remodeling and builders. As a company that sells shipping containers, we saw a huge spike in demand but the supply couldn’t keep up. It was nuts but definitely a noticeable shift.

  6. Can you imagine how much COVID changed the game for people living in the US? It’s radically transformed how people think about living and working remotely. People are much more likely to hop in a van and remodel it to travel than they once were. Now, more people are building homes out of shipping containers than ever before because they want to reuse things and have that more rustic feel.

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