Last month we conducted a small home renovation survey. The results are in! We want to thank everyone who took the survey for their time. This information helps us help you when it comes to get started and talk about your project.
Thinking about a project
Have you started or considered starting a home construction project in the past three years?
If yes, what type of project?
|New home construction||10||21%|
Why have you started or considered starting a home construction project?
|Improving the look and feel of my home||14||29%|
|Making my home more functional||18||38%|
|Accommodating family members||16||33%|
|Increasing home value||15||31%|
|Generating rental income||14||29%|
|Downsizing my lifestyle||12||25%|
How big do you imagine your project might be?
|0 to 200 square feet||6||13%|
|200 to 400 square feet||11||23%|
|400 to 600 square feet||8||17%|
|600 to 800 square feet||11||23%|
|800 to 1000 square feet||5||10%|
|Over 1000 square feet||2||4%|
What is your project budget?
|Less than $5,000||3||6%|
|$5,000 to $25,000||8||17%|
|$25,000 to $50,000||11||23%|
|$50,000 to $100,000||10||21%|
|$100,000 to $150,000||9||19%|
|$150,000 to $200,000||2||4%|
If you have thought about a project but haven’t started, what are some reasons why you have decided not to begin? (Some respondents have selected more than one option.)
|8. Not enough land or no land||7||15%|
|7. Not enough financing or no financing||15||31%|
|6. Unsure of permitting requirements||11||23%|
|5. Unsure how to start the process||9||19%|
|4. The process is too complex or stressful||9||19%|
|3. Uncertain about timing and my schedule||10||21%|
|2. Couldn’t find an architect or contractor I could work with||5||10%|
|1. The planning department has said I can’t do what I want to do||2||4%|
Are you considering another home construction project in the future? If so, when do you plan to start it?
|Within 1 month from now||0||0%|
|Between 1 to 6 months from now||7||15%|
|Between 6 to 12 months from now||6||13%|
|1 to 3 years from now||13||27%|
|3 or more years from now||2||4%|
Working with Service Providers
How confident do you feel when it comes to permitting? (1 = Not at all confident, 5 = Very confident)
About 65% expressed that they were not confident (3 or lower).
How confident do you feel when it comes to selecting an architect? (1 = Not at all confident, 5 = Very confident)
About 70% expressed that they were not confident (3 or lower).
How confident do you feel when it comes to selecting a general contractor? (1 = Not at all confident, 5 = Very confident)
About 78% expressed that they were not confident (3 or lower).
What are your primary reasons for not hiring an architect or contractor?
|Reputation is not great||4||8%|
|Cost too much||16||33%|
|Did not return calls fast enough. Difficult to communicate with.||7||15%|