MONTREAL — A recent survey conducted for renovation consulting firm Billdr Canada found that more Montrealers are contemplating renovations during the pandemic but 77 per cent of them find the renovation experience stressful.
The survey was conducted by Leger and was intended to link to Billdr’s services through a website that supports homeowners and contractors through their projects, stated a recent release.
The survey found that 48 per cent of owners indicate their budget was respected by contractors. In addition, 51 per cent of respondents indicated they had good communications with the contractor.
As for the sources of stress mentioned by homeowners, Montrealers’ lack of knowledge about renovations comes first, far ahead of peers in other major Canadian cities, according to the survey.
Selecting a contractor, managing “extras” and monitoring the quality of work on the site are also among the sources of stress mentioned by about one-third of Montreal homeowners. The data is roughly comparable to their counterparts in other major Canadian cities.
Although 64 per cent of owners feel they have a good knowledge of renovation costs, Billdr has found they often underestimate them by as much as twice their initial estimates.
The survey found the pandemic has accelerated or triggered the desire of more than a quarter (28 per cent) of Montreal homeowners to undertake renovations. It also found that only 48 per cent of Montreal landlords indicated they had conducted some form of background check before selecting a contractor and only 28 per cent claimed they had conducted a check on the validity of the contractor’s permit with the Regie du batiment du Quebec.