Some risk with DIY ren­o­va­tions

Whitsunday Times - - RESIDENTIAL -

AUSTRALIANS’ love af­fair with ren­o­va­tion is still go­ing strong with most Aussies plan­ning a makeover of their prop­erty. Kitchens and bath­rooms are the most pop­u­lar rooms to ren­o­vate and most home own­ers plan to re­dec­o­rate their houses them­selves, ac­cord­ing to the find­ings of realestate.com.au’s lat­est Con­sumer In­ten­tions Study. The sur­vey of 1534 peo­ple taken in March re­veals our ob­ses­sion with prop­erty is as much about DIY as it is about buy­ing and sell­ing. Around 7% of re­spon­dents said they were plan­ning to ren­o­vate their prop­erty. Of those plan­ning ren­o­va­tions, 32% said they would do most of the work them­selves, 29% said they would do part of the work and 17% said they would do all the work them­selves. For most ren­o­va­tors the kitchen and bath­room are top of the list, with 22% plan­ning a kitchen over­haul and 21% look­ing to redo their bath­room. The fo­cus on DIY ren­o­va­tions on those two rooms comes as a sur­prise for real es­tate stylist Naomi Find­lay. “Un­less you are in a trade, a kitchen or bath­room isn’t some­thing many peo­ple would tackle on their own,” she says. “If done well, it’s an area that can com­pletely boost the value of a house – with­out a doubt. But you can risk – if it’s not well-planned and if it’s not a great fit for the style of the home, the area of the home or the mar­ket.”

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