Home Building and Renovation Managers

Occupation:Home Building and Renovation Managers

About the job

Nature of work:

Home building and renovation managers own, operate, and manage companies engaged in the construction of new residential homes or in the renovation of existing residential homes. They may prepare bids for home construction or renovation projects; consult with customers, architects, and engineers; employ and supervise subcontractors; and perform carpentry or other trade work.

Job duties:
Home building and renovation managers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the activities of a residential home building or renovating company.
  • Prepare bids for home construction or renovation projects.
  • Consult with customers, architects and engineers regarding plans and specifications.
  • Select, employ and supervise trade subcontractors to do specialized work, such as plumbing, heating and electrical work.
  • Plan and prepare work schedules and coordinate the activities of subcontractors.
  • Inspect work performed by subcontractors to ensure quality and conformity with plans and specifications.
  • Prepare and maintain a directory of suppliers and trade subcontractors.
  • Develop and implement marketing and advertising strategies to promote company's products and services.
  • May perform carpentry or other trade work during home construction or renovation activities.
Sample job titles:
  • home building contractor
  • home renovation contractor
  • home renovator
  • residential home builder
  • residential homes contractor
  • residential renovation contractor

To work in these fields, you should have good interpersonal skills as well as effective oral and written communication skills. Leadership qualities and the ability to motivate others are important. You should also be able to organize projects, solve problems, and make decisions.

Job requirements:
  • Extensive experience in the home construction industry, including experience as a general supervisor, is usually required for self-employment as a home builder or a home renovator.
  • Leading in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification may be an asset in bidding on and obtaining building and renovation projects.
Other considerations:

Extensive experience in the home construction industry, including experience as a general supervisor, is usually required for self-employment as a home builder or a home renovator. Progression to senior management positions is possible with extensive experience and training in management.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next few years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Home Building and Renovation Managers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 59% of Home Building and Renovation Managers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $32,506. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Home Building and Renovation Managers645decline70Low
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum: $816
Median: $22,584
Maximum: $76,147
Occupations in Management44,250Decline2,775Low
Minimum: $15.77
Median: $34.97
Maximum: $57.69
Minimum: $10,632
Median: $55,002
Maximum: $124,014
Home Building and Renovation ManagersCompared to: Occupations in Management
Percent employed full-time83%93%
Percent self-employed23%19%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentHome Building and Renovation ManagersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Breton9%x13%$32,974
Annapolis Valley16%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeHome Building and Renovation ManagersCompared to: All Management
% Employed% Employed
Median Age5249
GenderHome Building and Renovation ManagersCompared to: Occupations in Management
% Employed% Employed
EducationHome Building and Renovation ManagersCompared to: All Management
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school18.3%$37,5546.2%$30,033
High school25.2%$53,39823.5%$37,496
Trades certificate16.5%$44,7017.0%$41,701
College certificate or diploma25.2%$63,70820.6%$45,432
University certificate or diploma1.7%$63,7443.0%$59,985
Bachelor's degree8.7%$61,95427.7%$66,107
University advanced certificate or diplomax$102,1131.9%$74,902
Master's degreexx9.2%$81,234
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx0.1%$79,443
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.


Employment Requirements & Contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Nova Scotia Home Builders' Association
124 Chain Lake Drive, Unit B
Halifax, NS B3S 1A2
Tel: (800) 668-2001
Fax: (902) 450-5448
Urban Development Institute of Nova Scotia
PO Box 521 Halifax Central
Halifax, NS B3J 2R7
Tel: (902) 442-5017
Fax: (902) 431-7220
Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
PO Box 463
Port Williams, NS B0P 1T0
Tel: (902) 670-0746
Nova Scotia Construction Safety Council
35 MacDonald Avenue
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1C6
Tel: (800) 971-3888
Fax: (902) 468-8843
Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council
10 Ragged Lake Blvd. Unit 1
Halifax, NS B3S 1C2
Tel: (902) 832-4761
Fax: (902) 832-4763
Atlantic Home Building and Renovation Sector Council
PO Box 312
Halifax, NS B3J 2N7
Tel: (902) 240-1133 

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
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