A study by The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and released in January, 2015, found 25% of the respondents expressed worry about their home having negative health effects from invisible pollutants which included mold, indoor air quality, noise and lighting.
The Households typically expressing the greatest concerns tended to be baby boomers with annual incomes over $100,000 and/or families with children in the home.
The study showed Indoor air quality to be of greatest concern. Insufficient ventilation and chemical emissions from the building structure itself were also cited.
The study panel discussed contributing factors to the rise and fall of homeowner maintenance and preventive maintenance. Panel participants agreed that the Baby Boomer generation (35 million strong) and comprising 48% of all home owners in America today have drastically reduced DIY projects, as did the GenX and Millennial populations in higher earning households. Nevertheless, the panel concluded that the current low interest rates will begin to spur more homeowners to reconsider making improvements to their current home, rather than risk, what all agreed, was an almost certain hike in interest rates in the near future. There is also strong interest in incorporating energy efficiency into all types of DIY projects, including water, electrical, appliance, plumbing and Wi-Fi component installation.
Regarding Aging-in-Place, 80% of the Baby Boomer respondents indicated a desire to remain in their current home for as long as they comfortably could. Respondents and trending indicate that the vast majority of this population is electing to make modifications to their existing homes, allowing them to remain there, as opposed to seeking alternative living that has had some accessible design incorporated.
Sources: JCHS Healthy Home Survey, The Farnsworth Group; JCHS Trends in the Remodeling Market;
Pro Remodeler magazine, January 2015.
Read the report: http://www.jchs.harvard.edu/sites/jchs.harvard.edu/files/jchs_improving_americas_housing_2015_final.pdf