Careful with renovations
ATTEMPTING a renovation or house repair is a great way to boost the value of your property, but if you suffer a DIY mishap it could end up costing your profit.
A new research survey conducted by Galaxy this year revealed 75 per cent of Australian homeowners had undertaken a renovation or patch-up job at their property and one in five bungled the task, resulting in a call to a tradesperson.
The Gumtree Tradie Trends Report showed the average household spent just less than $1000 on home repairs and renovation each year.
‘‘Problems around the home are often made worse by unskilled homeowners attempting what should be left to a qualified tradesperson,’’ founding director of Renovating for Profit Cherie Barber said. ‘‘It may seem like a good idea at the time, but it can result in a more costly project and devalued property if work is not carried out correctly.’’
The report found homeowners saved up to $561 per job by sourcing comparative quotes, with nine in 10 believing hefty price tags don’t always ensure quality work.
Ms Barber said the majority of people found tradespeople online, citing convenience, being able to source someone locally and reading comments by other users.
According to a regional and metro breakdown, people living in regional locations generally spent less when hiring tradies.
‘‘When it comes to spending money on tradies, those living in regional locations are spending up to 48 per cent less on refrigeration repair when compared to those living in capital cities,’’ the report states.
‘‘There is also a big difference in amount spent on glaziers, with those living in regional locations once again spending less.’’
Electricians and plumbers are the trades that appear to be in demand, while carpenters and tilers are the most expensive.
Electricians are also more likely to receive repeat business in regional locations.
Not surprisingly, quality of work was the most highly desired tradie trait, followed by cost, ability to describe the problem and cleaning up after the job. Electrician: 40 per cent Plumber: 34 per cent Handyman: 17 per cent Carpenter: 13 per cent Gardener: 11 per cent Tiler: 10 per cent Locksmith: 7 per cent Glazier: 6 per cent Refrigeration repairer: 5 per cent
Shocker: Some things should be left to experts.