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Favorite renovation projects by generation

CHICAGO – Aug. 30, 2017 – The average homeowner is spending more money on a greater number of home improvement projects, according to HomeAdvisor’s 2017 True Cost Survey, a study of 14 million service requests received between July 2016–17.

However, the projects vary by generation, income, and geography, the study finds. Baby boomers, for example, are the biggest spenders on remodeling projects. They pay a lot for home maintenance to keep their property values up – particularly if they’re looking to sell and use the proceeds in retirement.

Here are the top five most popular home improvement projects by generation.


Install outdoor play equipment
Install childproofing
Install backyard landscaping
Update sprinkler system for lawn and garden
Install front yard landscaping
Generation Xers

Repair outdoor play equipment
Install outdoor play equipment
Add or remove holiday lighting
Build or install vinyl-lined swimming pool
Build or install an above-ground swimming pool
Baby boomers

Install or repair gutters
Repair shed, barn, or playhouse
Repair gazebo or freestanding porch
Asphalt sealing
Repair exterior trim
“Boomers are indulging in luxury purchases, large discretionary remodels, kitchens, bathrooms, stonework, remodeling swimming pools, hiring designers to do professional landscaping jobs,” says Brad Hunter, HomeAdvisor’s chief economist.

Source: “Home Improvement Is Hot Right Now, But Who’s Doing What?”® (Aug. 28, 2017)

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