Improving Houses Australia: how’d you like a $40k grant to renovate your home?
This story from the Peter Switzer website talks to the current stimulus spending in the home renovation market. According to Switzer “the Government wants to put a Scott Cam in every would-be renovators house to make their property the best on The Block. This is makeover time, Selling Houses Australia style. Building industry experts say around 70,000 tradies have been put into hibernation and this proposed $4 billion spend to get homeowners spending is seen as a good idea. But it comes as The Australian’s legendary business commentator Robert Gottliebsen says there’s already a home improvements boom on the boil, with workers cast out of their offices and restricted to ‘home-work’ also deciding to do those ‘around the house’ jobs that have been put off for ages. Gotty says he’s talked to senior people at JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, The Good Guys and, of course Bunnings, that mecca of DIY and wannabe DIY Aussies, with a hankering for a BBQ sausage on a Saturday! And the news is that we’ve been using some of our home time, possibly on the boss’s pay and that of the Government, thanks to the JobKeeper wage subsidy, to fix up the garden, paint the odd room or two and do those repairs that we think we can do without the help of a tradie”.