Mildura home improvement sales remain strong: HTW residential

Mildura home improvement sales remain strong: HTW residential
Mildura home improvement sales remain strong: HTW residential

The effects of COVID-19 on Mildura housing market are mostly limited at this stage to reduced sales volumes, as vendors and purchasers take time to weigh up the implications, according to the latest Herron Todd White (HTW) residential report. 

The valuation firm suggests in locations across the nation, the downtime delivered by isolation has spurned on owners looking to improve their assets through maintenance and upgrade. This month’s HTW report highlights where renovations are on the rise and the price points and outcomes those markets can expect.

"As we move through another month of COVID-19, there is a feeling that, in our region at least, we have mostly escaped the virus itself. There were a handful of cases identified in April, but none in the past month and our community can see a path back towards a more normal life.

"However our economy has been detrimentally affected, with a rise in unemployment resulting from the shut down of many businesses, especially those that rely on tourism or hospitality," the valuation firm said. 

The HTW report notes the effects have been most evident at the middle and upper end of the market. Agents have welcomed a return to being able to hold open inspections, which they hope will provide greater activity and confidence, however it is still too early to know what the lasting effects will be.

Local builders still report being busy completing work that started pre-COVID-19, and a drive around our new subdivisions shows that new construction is underway, however it is expected that the number of new builds will be reduced to some degree over the next 12 months as some people re- think their ability to take on debt at this time.

"There is no doubt that many people have had more free time, either through reduced employment or less recreation options on weekends. For many, this time has been devoted to some DIY maintenance in and around their homes. The Bunnings carpark test suggests that home improvement sales have been strong," the valuation firm said. 

Renovating older homes for a profit has not been a common activity in Mildura, in part due to a lack of older homes with enough character to be popular with owner-occupiers.

"We simply don’t have the stock of pre 1950s homes. There are some scattered examples though and these are usually found in preferred positions on Mildura’s west side or close to the CBD and Murray River," the valuation firm said. 

There is considered to be good potential to renovate homes built in the 1950s and 1960s. These homes are usually conite clad, which was a building technique popular in Mildura, but rarely found elsewhere, the report noted. 

Many examples have reasonably large rooms and the ability to extend in a complementary way.

A well renovated home from this era will fetch similar values to new homes built in a new subdivision, but comes with the benefit of larger land size and superior position.

A current listing is a 1950s weatherboard home in Mildura priced at $260,000 to $285,000.

The three bedroom, one bathroom house is situated at 817-819 Fourteenth Street (pictured below).

It features original kitchen, formal lounge, and open fire place. 

Mildura home improvement sales remain strong: HTW residential

For those after a less expensive challenge, there is also the potential to modernise homes built in the 1980s. This is considered a good option for owner-occupiers.

With many local tradespeople and suppliers of floor coverings, kitchen cabinetry etc. less busy at present, now may be a good time to do this upgrading, the report noted. 

A renovated weatherboard family home in Irymple has recently been sold for $535,000.

The country homestead at 3538 Benetook Avenue (pictured below) comes with four bedrooms, study, central kitchen, two bathrooms and decked entertaining area. 

It is situated close to Irymple and Mildura's shopping precincts. 

Mildura home improvement sales remain strong: HTW residential

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