Posted December 5, 2023

CRAFTSMAN: Nearly Two-Thirds of Homeowners See Home Improvement Projects as an Alternative to Buying a New Home

CRAFTSMAN donating up to $100,000 worth of products to four maker spaces throughout the US.

  • More than half of Americans are unwilling to put their homes on the market, fearful of giving up low-rate mortgages and being forced to take out loans that are much more expensive; however, 2 in 3 homeowners say they plan to make home improvements in the next six months to a year
  • More than 2 in 5 homeowners, particularly millennials, admit they have given up on a project altogether due to a lack of necessary tools
  • CRAFTSMAN is currently offering holiday deals online and at participating stores for homeowners looking to save on tools for their next project
  • In addition, CRAFTSMAN is helping to provide access to tools and education to homeowners by donating up to $100,000 in products to maker spaces across the U.S.; Maker spaces will hold workshops on basic to advance home project skills such as carpentry, woodworking and general home maintenance

A new survey released today from Stanley Black & Decker’s (NYSE: SWK) iconic CRAFTSMAN® brand examined the impact that higher lending rates have on U.S. homeowners and their home improvement decisions, and found nearly two-thirds of homeowners (65%) see home improvement projects as an alternative to buying a new home, given high interest rates in the housing sector.

“We set out to further explore the impact today’s housing climate has on Americans, and found that many homeowners would rather roll up their sleeves to tackle home improvement projects on their current home than give up their coveted low-rate mortgages for a new home,” said Doug Redpath, President, Hand Tools, Accessories & Storage, Stanley Black & Decker. “Whether it’s a kitchen revamp, built-in closets, or building a backyard oasis, CRAFTSMAN has the tools homeowners need to transform their current home into their dream home.”

The CRAFTSMAN Home Field Advantage Survey also unveiled a variety of insights that are steering home improvement trends this year:

  • The reason for the project: The primary reasons for a home improvement project are to create more comfortable living environments (52%), to enhance the aesthetic appeal of their home (50%) and to improve overall home value (47%).
  • The most popular areas for improvement: The most commonly considered projects include painting (51%), bathroom improvements (44%) and kitchen improvements (41%).
  • The desired budget: More than half of homeowners (54%) surveyed say their approximate budget for their home improvement project is $5,000 or more, and over a third of homeowners (37%) say their budget is more than $10,000. However, those who have refinanced their mortgage in the past three years have a much higher budget with nearly 2 in 3 (64%) saying their approximate budget is more than $10,000.
  • The timeline: 3 in 5 homeowners (60%) say they have tried to execute a home improvement project themselves in the last 12 months, while 2 in 3 (66%) say they plan to make home improvements in the next six months to a year.
  • The tools homeowners want to use: When it comes to sourcing tools, 64% of homeowners surveyed show a tendency to buy the necessary tools rather than borrow. For homeowners looking to save on tools for their next project, CRAFTSMAN is offering the following holiday deals available in-store and online at participating Lowe’s and ACE Hardware stores:

Get a free CRAFTSMAN 4Ah battery**, an estimated $119 retail value, with the purchase of select V20* combo kits. Plus take an additional $20 off select V20* outdoor power equipment combo kits, while supplies last.

Save up to $60† on select OVERDRIVE™ mechanics tools backed by CRAFTSMAN’s full lifetime warranty.

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The challenge homeowners face: More than 2 in 5 homeowners (44%), particularly millennials (63%), admit that they have given up on taking on a project altogether due to a lack of necessary tools. Most homeowners attribute their lack of tools to the cost of tools (47%), having a limited knowledge about which tools are needed (36%), or a fear of not using the tools often enough (50%).

Understanding 3 in 4 homeowners (76%) say they would consider using a maker space and/or tool library to access tools for future home improvement projects, CRAFTSMAN is donating up to $100,000 worth of products to four maker spaces throughout the U.S.

As part of this initiative, each organization will hold various CRAFTSMAN sponsored workshops throughout 2023-2024 for participants to learn how to accomplish basic to advance home projects such as carpentry, woodworking, general home maintenance and more. Partnering organizations include the Denver Tool Library, Asheville Tool Library, Station North Tool Library and Open Works.

To learn more on ways CRAFTSMAN can help tackle your next home improvement project visit