Home Improvement Spending by Political Party

May 2, 2016

In the run up to the presidential election, the team at HomeAdvisor decided to pit the two rival parties against one another when it comes to home improvement spending.

The results? Democrats tend to be willing to pay more for home maintenance, repairs, and improvement projects, according to HomeAdvisor’s 2016 True Cost Report, based on responses from more than 1,650 home owners. They’re also more likely to hire professionals and contractors to do the work for them, according to the survey.

On the other hand, Republican home owners tend to gravitate more toward do-it-yourself household projects than Democrat owners.

Democrats, on average, spend about six months researching their home improvement projects beforehand. They spend an average of $3,417.

Republicans spend about three months investigating their home improvement projects. They spend an average of $2,194, according to the survey.

Clayton Nall, a political science professor at Stanford University, speculates that Democrats tend to spend more on home improvement projects because they are more likely to live in urban centers. In urban areas, homes tend to be older and may, therefore, require more maintenance.

The survey also found home improvement differences by age. Generation X tends to make the fewest home improvements compared to any other generation, and also tends to spend the least amount of money on improvements ($3,723 versus baby boomers’ average expenditure of $7,842 and millennials’ $6,063).

Source: “Republicans vs. Democrats: Who Spends More on Home Improvements?” realtor.com® (April 29, 2016)