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In the current crisis mood, many homeowners in Germany want to save on the modernization of their real estate. 31 percent want to move their projects, 9 percent do without, the Youngov survey institute determined this in a survey of 1023 homeowners.

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“Modernization” is not synonymous with energetic renovation, since some house and residential owners also wanted to renew their properties. But there are many energy -saving projects: According to the survey, it considers more than a third of the owners (36 percent) to improve the energy efficiency of house or apartment.

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Main factor: increased construction costs

YouGov surveyed 1023 homeowners from the age of 18, and exclusively those who also live in their property themselves. The client was the Bausparkasse BHW, a subsidiary of the Postbank belonging to the Deutsche Bank Group.

A main factor is obviously the rapidly increased construction costs: of those who want to postpone or delete their modernization projects said almost half that they would rethink this again at lower construction costs. Apart from that, the lack of craftsmen also slowed down the modernization: 45 percent of those surveyed reported difficulties to get a craft business.

The survey coincides with surveys among housing companies, which according to which a burglary of the construction economy can be expected. Building specialists have long warned that the federal government's climate goals can hardly be reached in the building sector. There are around 43 million apartments in Germany, most of which are not up to date with the latest technical level of energy efficiency. The official goal is Germany's climate neutrality until 2045.

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