Renovation Information Hub

Thinking of staging a makeover on your home?

Here’s some inspiration and information about home improvement projects and remodelling, plus how you could go about financing the work.

If spending so much time at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak has you looking sideways at your place and wondering how you could improve it, you are not alone. Statistics seem to show that many people have the ‘iso-reno bug’.

Trade services site said there had been “a huge surge in demand for tradies”, particularly for jobs involving flooring, paving, fencing and roof restoration. Hardware chain Bunnings was reported to have experienced increased demand for lighting, gardening and painting. Trade services site found that skip bin hire, rubbish removal and concreting had risen in popularity, but the top of the trending tradie requests so far during the COVID-19 crisis had included security feature installers, kitchen improvements, and help with cleaning and DIY jobs.

Financing a renovation? Learn more:
→ Ways to fund a renovation: Loan, refinance, redraw or savings?
→ HomeBuilder scheme explained for homebuyers and renovators
→ What is a construction loan and how does it work?

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Renovation ideas: Outside

Pool: Design ideas, costs, pool fence laws and inspiration, solar heating
Landscaping: Costs, driveway, garden edging, tree removal, turf
Exterior: Makeover for value, rendering, painting, garage doors
Roof: Restoration, gutters, insulation, whirlybirds
Structures: Carport, shed ideas, pergola
Fence: Costs, inspiration, gate designs
Retaining walls: Inspiration, costs
Outdoor kitchen: Ideas
Deck: Ideas, costs
Image: (Shutterstock)

A deck dressed with a comfy chair

About the author:

Author Amanda Horswill

Amanda Horswill is a Senior Finance Journalist at Canstar A journalist for more than two decades, Amanda Horswill has covered a gamut of subjects, including property, lifestyle, hyper-local news, data journalism, the Arts and careers. She’s served as the Editor of Brisbane News, Deputy Features Editor for The Sunday Mail, Deputy Editor – Digital at Quest Community News, and a host of other senior positions, prior to joining Australia’s biggest financial comparison website, Canstar. Amanda is fascinated with the ever-changing world of finance. A passionate believer in the motto “knowledge is power”, she strives to translate the news into practical information that will help readers make informed decisions about their future. When not analysing the latest economic news, Amanda can be found pouring over local property listings, searching for her next renovation project. Follow her on Twitter and LinkedIn

Last Updated: 11/09/2020