The renovation age has begun in Australia

by | Dec 16, 2020

Australia has entered the renovation age as home owners ramp up the worth and lifestyle of their castles, according to a recent report.

Westpac research recently revealed that over a third of homeowners plan to renovate over the next five years, with an average of $80,000 spent on updates.

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) also predicts Aussies will spend $38.5 billion on home improvements this financial year, which is up almost $2 billion on the previous 12 months.

More than a third of that spend will be in NSW – the highest in the nation with the majority saying they were influenced by home improvement shows. The most common changes people are considering adding is a home office and improvements to bathrooms, kitchens and outdoor areas.

The trend also cements fear of a down turn, with HIA chief economist Tim Reardon now forecasting a COVID-19 “bump”.

Using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the HIA has found that DIY-ers and small-scale professional renovators spent $14.4 billion at hardware, building and garden supply retailers from March to September. That figure is up almost $3 billion, or 26 per cent, year-on-year, according to the report.