2016 Prediction for Increased Home Remodeling Activity—Best Since 2006

2016 Prediction for Increased Home Remodeling Activity—Best Since 2006

Are you considering franchising with a home service business? We’ve got good news. Looks like 2016 is primed to be better than ever for the home improvement market—a perfect time to get in on this booming industry!

According to LIRA, the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity, annual spending growth from the first quarter of 2016 to the third quarter, is expected to grow to more than 7.6%, from 4.3% at the year’s start. This is a trend on track to be the highest since 2006.


LIRA is a study released each year by the Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) at Harvard University. Chris Herbert, Managing Director of JCHS, says the report ties directly to the real estate market.

“2016 is looking to be a stronger year for home renovation activity compared to 2015 thanks to the continued recovery in the owner-occupied housing market,” Herbert said. “In most markets across the country, rising house prices are bringing more homes to the market and increasing sales, which are a large driver of home improvement activity.”

According to the JCHS website, LIRA is designed to estimate national homeowner spending on improvements for the current quarter and subsequent three quarters. The indicator, measured as an annual rate-of-change of its components, provides a short-term outlook of homeowner remodeling activity and is intended to help identify future turning points in the business cycle of the home improvement industry.

The Dwyer Group family of brands is the largest franchisor of home service brands in the world, with ten concepts to consider. If you are considering becoming the business owner of a home service franchise to fulfill your financial, professional and personal goals, 2016 may be the year for you. Consider the relevance of an uptick in renovation activity for each brand below (Click on the brand name for more information):

Mr. Rooter

Mr. Rooter is the national leader in plumbing franchises. Strong growth projections in remodeling news mean an increase in service calls for installations and upgrades.

Grounds Guys

Grounds Guys is a full service grounds care company. With new remodeling projects and home additions come adjustments to existing property, or the creation of new residential landscaping.

Rainbow Restoration

Rainbow International Restoration leads the industry in water, fire and mold restoration. Home construction and remodeling may reveal unwanted discoveries like mold that needs to be removed or air ducts that need cleaning.

Five Star Painting

Five Star Painting specializes in interior and exterior house painting, which undoubtedly includes remodeling projects, whether it is finishing up the final touches with a fresh coat of paint, or making that garage floor shine with a good cleaning and shiny topcoat.

Mr. Handyman

Mr. Handyman franchisees are the home improvement professionals. Remodeling is their middle name. An increase in remodeling business means an increase in all things Mr. Handyman.

Glass Doctor

Glass Doctor business owners are the glass replacement and repair professionals. Whether you need new windows, shower doors, mirrors or even custom table tops, Glass Doctor plays a major role in home improvement.

Mr. Electric

Mr. Electric has the power to make things better. An uptick in remodeling projects for homeowners means installation of new outlets, switches and fixtures, as well as safety adjustments and upgrades.

Mr. Appliance

Large remodeling budgets may not leave room for brand new appliances in kitchen or laundry areas. Mr. Appliance technicians keep current appliances running smooth and provide the parts needed for efficient operation.

Aire Serv

Indoor air quality is what makes a home healthy and happy. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning keep newly remodeled homes the perfect climate so homeowners truly enjoy their new space.