Poll Results: Sales vs. Solar Eclipse
Chalk one up for the nation’s astronomers. They predicted a total eclipse of the sun on Monday for a large swath of the country, and they were right.
Scientists also warned against looking directly into the sun. HBSDealer staff took the advice seriously, and avoided ocular injury.
Monday’s solar eclipse put mankind in harmony with the universe. But did it help home improvement sales? That was the exact question we put to readers. Here is how they responded:
- 50% — “No. With everyone driving to the viewing fields, transactions were down.”
- 26% — “Yes. Sales of protective eyeware, welding goggles and other incidentals spiked.”
- 24% — “I don’t know. I was distracted by the excitement of the eclipse.”
The poll received a total of 66 votes. It remains open for participation. Take the poll here.
Houzz Stat: Increase in Inquiries for Design-Build Firms
Scores for contractors, remodelers and design-build firms remain steady. General contractors and remodeling firms scored a second-quarter barometer reading of 75, while design-build firms came in at 73. These scores indicate strong optimism among these sectors during the second quarter of this year, and the readings are in line with those for the same period in 2016.
On a regional basis, the readings for design-build firms rose year over year in both the South and the West.
Design-build firms’ score for new inquiries is up. On a year-over-year basis, the score for the number of inquiries among design-build firms jumped by four points. The scores for both design-build firms and general contractors and remodelers are holding strong — in the 70s for both company types across all three components of the barometer.
Continue to reading the Q2 2017 Barometer Results.