Home Renovation Survey Results

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?

Yes 47 98%
No 1 2%

If yes, what type of project?

Accessory Dwelling 15 31%
Addition 11 23%
Conversion 4 8%
Kitchen remodel 12 25%
Bath remodel 11 23%
New home construction 10 21%
Other 9 19%

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%
Accommodating guests 12 25%
Increasing home value 15 31%
Generating rental income 14 29%
Downsizing my lifestyle 12 25%
Other 7 15%

Project Scope

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%
Not sure 5 10%

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%
Over $200,000 1 2%

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%
0. Other 10 21%

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%
Other 6 13%

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).

1 13 27%
2 7 15%
3 10 21%
4 8 17%
5 8 17%

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).

1 11 23%
2 13 27%
3 9 19%
4 7 15%
5 7 15%

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).

1 12 25%
2 13 27%
3 11 23%
4 5 10%
5 5 10%

What are your primary reasons for not hiring an architect or contractor?

Reputation is not great 4 8%
Seemed disorganized 6 13%
Cost too much 16 33%
Did not return calls fast enough. Difficult to communicate with. 7 15%
Other 14 29%

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