Consumer Expenditure Survey



  1. - Homes under construction, including a vacation or second home
  1. - Building an addition to the house or a new structure such as a porch, garage, or new rooms
kitchen, bedrooms, family rooms, general purpose rooms, basement, etc
decks, porches, patio, and terraces added or improved
attached garages, carports, breezeways, greenhouses, and sheds
detached garages or carports added or improved
other detached outside buildings added or improved (sheds, greenhouses, storm cellars)
other outside additions or alterations (boat docks, terracing, grading and filling, retaining walls)

  1. - Finishing a basement or an attic or enclosing a porch
  1. - Remodeling one or more rooms in the house
bathroom remodeling kitchen remodeling
interior restructuring or other areas (removing or adding walls and/or the creation of new rooms within the structure or the demolition of part of the structure)
  1. - Landscaping the ground or planting new shrubs or trees
  1. - Building outdoor patios, walks, fences, or other enclosures, driveways, permanent swimming pools, or hot tubs
recreational facilities fences added or improved
patios and terraces detached building
driveways and walkways added or improved
  1. - Repairing outdoor patios, walks, fences, driveways, or permanent swimming pools (including permanent above-ground swimming pools)
fences recreational facilities patios and terraces
  1. - Painting, either interior or exterior, or wallpapering
wallpaper combination of painting and wallpapering varnish, sealant, lacquer, and waterproofing
  1. - Plastering or paneling

  2. also includes drywall patching
  3. - Plumbing or water heating installations or repairs
plumbing fixtures water heater
septic tank built-in dishwasher or laundry tubs
all interior water pipes external sprinkler systems, septic tanks, and wells
garbage disposal
  1. - Electrical work

  2. includes garage door opener
  3. - Heating or air conditioning jobs
  4. - Flooring installation, repair, or replacement, including carpeting, wood, vinyl, and tile
carpet tile, linoleum, or vinyl other flooring including wood, slate, marble, or concrete
  1. - Insulation

  2. - Roofing, gutters, or downspouts
complete re-roofing repair of shingles, gutters, downspouts, etc.
combined replacements including re-roofing combined maintenance and repairs including roofing
  1. - Siding

  2. - Installation, repair, or replacement of window panes, screens, storm doors, awnings, and the like
windows (interior or exterior) doors (interior or exterior)
  1. - Masonry, brick, or stucco work

  2. - Other improvements or repairs (include security systems which are hard-wired into the home)


  1. - Cooking stove, range, or oven
  2. - Microwave oven
  1. - Refrigerator or home freezer

mini refrigerator wine refrigerator
  1. - Built-in dishwasher

  2. - Portable dishwasher
  3. - Garbage disposal
  4. - Clothes washer and dryer
  5. - Range hood
  6. - Smoke alarms and detectors
  7. - Window air conditioner
  8. - Portable cooling and heating equipment
portable dehumidifiers humidifiers fans space heaters
Do not include window air conditioners
  1. - Lamps, lighting fixtures, or ceiling fans

  2. - Other major home appliances and equipment
trash compactor water softener central air conditioner
furnace heat pump

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Last Modified Date: April 12, 2013

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