Construction, Construction Everywhere!

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If you own a house or condo, or are buying your first home, the odds are pretty good that you will begin a renovation project in the next eighteen months.

Two-thirds of young homeowners surveyed by Bank of America in 2021 expect to start a renovation within the next year.

Except for a brief pandemic pause, the 400+ billion dollar home renovation market has been growing steadily since 2010. 2021 marked another boom year, and growth is projected through 2025.

Why the boom in construction?

The factors limiting the growth of home building over the past few years have been strong, but those spurring on new growth are now proving far stronger.

Factors Slowing Growth

Factors Increasing Growth

Chart prepared by author. Source data: US Census Bureau
Chart prepared by author. Source data: National Association of Home Builders

As a result, more and more families will find themselves renovating their existing homes or buying older homes that need significant renovation.

Commercial construction, despite a big dip of 23% in 2020, is strong again.

Spurred on by new home and warehouse construction, spending on commercial work appears to have jumped up 4% in 2021 and is projected to grow further in 2022.

Federal spending is growing, too.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), passed in November 2021, is expected to add $550 billion above the baseline of federal expenditures on an array of additional construction projects.

Budget reconciliation is quite likely to increase construction funding by many more tens of billions. The Brookings Institute suggests that federal funding may well reach the size of the efforts of the New Deal, a big deal indeed.

These funds will take some months to enter the market, but once they do, they will have an impact for several years.

When you consider buying a home, it will be important to understand that home renovation is almost inevitable.

Most home renovations face significant challenges: busy contractors, fewer skilled construction experts, harder-to-schedule inspections, and higher material costs.

Next week I will publish an article outlining those challenges. A few days later I will publish another piece on how to tackle your next home project in a way that saves you hassle and money — while preserving family time.

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In addition to years in product and people management, I am a veteran of decades of apartment/old condo/old house renovations in one of America’s toughest regions for construction. My family has worked for generations in the building trades.

Today I am spending most of my time writing. I would love to share insights with you!

Even better to begin a conversation.

Until then, be well!



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J. Andrew Shelley

J. Andrew Shelley

People working with people. Sure, it’s business but it’s also personal. About you and me. Book: American Butterfly on Amazon.