Where the renovation bug is biting most in Melbourne

Original story: Benn Dorrington, News Corp Australia Network

HOME renovations are soaring across pockets of Melbourne, as homeowners opt for makeovers over moving.

Our love affair with revamping real estate, signalled by the popularity of reno-warrior television shows like The Block, grew strongest in the middle and outer suburbs.

Pascoe Vale was the state’s renovation hotspot, according to building website Hipages, which compared renovation works in the first three months of 2016 with the same period last year.

The number of renovation jobs nearly tripled in the northern suburb, growing by 182 per cent.

Mulgrave, Frankston South, Balwyn and Clayton followed, more than doubling the number of renovation jobs in 12 months.

Langwarrin, Truganina, Hallam and Melton South also topped the list, with Geelong’s Highton the only suburb out of Melbourne to make the top 10.

Wardrobes, waterproofing and plumbing were the most popular renovations.

Hipages founder Roby Sharon-Zipser said affordability was a key driver encouraging people to renovate.

“Many families have been discouraged from moving house by recent increases in prices and have decided they’d rather upgrade,’’ he said.

“If you sell, where do you move to? But if you’re willing to spend a few thousand dollars you may be able to get the better home you want,” he said.

Mr Sharon-Zipser said the average renovation spend was $3000 to $4000, while some buyers had lashed out and spent as much as $400,000 on major structural changes.

He said there was a move across the country to make homes more sustainable, with homeowners upgrading plumbing systems, lighting and more modern fittings.

Darryn Bass

Builder Darryn Bass at a Mt Eliza building site. Picture: DAVID CROSLING

True Blue Homes chief executive officer Darryn Bass, pictured above, said homeowners were preferring to renovate than move, investing potential moving and sale costs back into their home. “The most popular requests were kitchens, bathrooms and laundries.

“If people are comfortable where they are but the home needs attention, they find it better to stay,” he said.

He said adding a second storey to homes was also highly sought-after, providing more space, bedrooms and bathrooms.

The changing needs of families, like the arrival of a parent-in-law, was a significant driver for extension works, he said.

Expectations were an important issue for homeowners considering renovating, Mr Bass said.

“People should be comfortable with a builder and get some real feedback to what things will cost,” Mr Bass said.

He said many renovators had unrealistic expectations about the costs and time needed for projects, in part due to renovation reality television shows.

He said TV contestants might complete an entire kitchen for relatively little money because the shows were sponsored, but in the real world custom kitchen projects often cost $35,000 to $50,000.

While many homeowners renovated to make the most of their home, many took on the challenge to boost its resale potential.

Buyer’s advocate Robert Di Vita, of National Property Buyers, said the vast majority of Melbourne homebuyers were looking for a renovated period home, retaining traditional features and modernising the kitchen and bathrooms.

He said they often also preferred open-plan living in neutral colours and an outdoor entertaining zone.

Mr Di Vita said buyers should get building and pest inspections to make sure there were no hidden surprises in the subfloor and roof cavity and water proofing membrane in wet areas.

For homebuyers looking for a project, buying in the right location and avoiding overcapitalising would help with the eventual resale.

He said renovators should spend no more than 10 per cent of the value of the property on the entire project, aiming for a profit margin of 15 per cent to avoid overcapitalising.

Realestate.com.au data shows nearly a quarter of buyers searching the property portal used keywords to find both renovated and unrenovated projects.

The term “renovated” was the most popular in Melbourne.

The research found the kitchen would be the first room home renovators would tackle.

“You should aim to spend 2 per cent of your property’s current value on refurbishing the kitchen, for example,” he said.

On the 21st of February 2012, Darryn and True Blue Homes was awarded their Master Builders Green Living accreditation.

What is Master Builders Green Living?

Builders who complete the training and adopt sustainable innovations in their operations will be able to identify themselves as Master Builders Green Living builders . The brand will enable builders to market their services as businesses that are skilled in the design, construction and maintenance of high quality structures that adopt industry best practice for sustainability in the built environment.

The training will provide competencies in designing, building, installing and maintaining environmental innovations and will be linked to branding the service provided by accredited builders under the banner of Master Builders Green Living .

The aim of the training is to provide builders with:

  • the necessary skills to understand the scope and application of the energy provisions in the BCA and broad sustainability innovations (5 Star);
  • the skills and ongoing support to enable builders to comply with these provisions;
  • improved management and business skills to enable builders to pursue energy innovations;
  • the necessary tools and information to design and construct energy efficient structures that not only meet minimum standards but set a new benchmark in the housing sector for energy innovation.
  • the ability to improve their customer service and business by providing informative advice to clients about sustainable solutions in the design and construction of their dwelling.

The training goes beyond the mandatory provisions required through the BCA or state/territory or local government regulation. The training is aimed and structured to be delivered to businesses in the building and construction industry involved in the residential sector of the markets covering single lot residences, medium sized residential developments, apartments and units.

Click the certificate image to the above/left to view a larger PDF version.

Read more at the Master Builder's web site.

Master Builders Green Living Accreditation

On the 21st of February 2012, Darryn and True Blue Homes was awarded their Master Builders Green Living accreditation.

What is Master Builders Green Living?

Builders who complete the training and adopt sustainable innovations in their operations will be able to identify themselves as Master Builders Green Living builders . The brand will enable builders to market their services as businesses that are skilled in the design, construction and maintenance of high quality structures that adopt industry best practice for sustainability in the built environment.

The training will provide competencies in designing, building, installing and maintaining environmental innovations and will be linked to branding the service provided by accredited builders under the banner of Master Builders Green Living .

The aim of the training is to provide builders with:

  • the necessary skills to understand the scope and application of the energy provisions in the BCA and broad sustainability innovations (5 Star);
  • the skills and ongoing support to enable builders to comply with these provisions;
  • improved management and business skills to enable builders to pursue energy innovations;
  • the necessary tools and information to design and construct energy efficient structures that not only meet minimum standards but set a new benchmark in the housing sector for energy innovation.
  • the ability to improve their customer service and business by providing informative advice to clients about sustainable solutions in the design and construction of their dwelling.

The training goes beyond the mandatory provisions required through the BCA or state/territory or local government regulation. The training is aimed and structured to be delivered to businesses in the building and construction industry involved in the residential sector of the markets covering single lot residences, medium sized residential developments, apartments and units.

Click the certificate image to the above/left to view a larger PDF version.

Read more at the Master Builder's web site.

Ezy Homes Premium Partnership

Ezy Homes Premium Partner

True Blue Homes have become an Ezy Homes Premium Builder Partner, servicing the greater Melbourne area, to Mornington Peninsula, and south-eastern region.

Premium Partners work closely with Ezy Homes to ensure the highest level of quality is provided to clients.

True Blue homes principal, Darryn Bass, said "This is a perfect marriage between Ezy Homes unique construction system and True Blue's local experience and knowledge."

True Blue Homes motto of "Building the house you call home" is a perfect synergy for Ezy Homes clients looking for a high quality builder to construct their dream home for them.

 

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Builder Helps A Tradie

As the industry gears up to help the fire victims of Black Saturday, Darryn Bass from True Blue Homes quietly went about helping a tradie who had lost the lot. The recent devastation of Black Saturday reminded Darryn Bass of his own family tragedies from Ash Wednesday and his first reaction was to ask “How can we help?”

Darryn went to Whittlesea to offer support and ended up talking to the local CFA crew and left his card. It was blatantly obvious some local trades had lost the lot and were in need of help immediately. They had nothing left… no house, no car, no trailer and no tools.

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True Blue Homes - Trainee Apprentice of the Year 2009

“NOT JUST BUILDING HOMES, BUT THE FUTURE BUILDERS OF MELBOURNE”

Congratulations’ to Michael Higgins aka “Harry” for his fantastic school efforts – well done!!
Michael won the ‘overall category for best trainee’ for the Link Training Scheme

Workman's Trailers Help In Bushfire Relief

HIA have joined with The Trailer Factory in donating tradesmen's trailers to HIA members and bushfire victims. Travis Buckland and Lloyd Butler, pictured at The Trailer Factory's Kilsyth base, were the latest recipients of trailers.

HIA thanks Graham Jones and the team at The Trailer Factory for their kind donation, and Darryn Bass of True Blue Homes for co-ordinating the project.

We wish all our members affected by the bushfires well in their recovery and encourage you to contact HIA if you require any support.

Workman's Trailers Help In Bushfire Relief

Photo L to R: Darryn Bass (True Blue Homes), Lloyd Butler (3rd from left) and Travis Buckland
(4th from right) with the team from The Trailer Factory in Kilsyth

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