Tasmania sees increasing Airbnb upgrading works: HTW residential

Staff reporterJuly 19, 20200 min read

Tasmania has not seen wide scale larger renovations or extensions, according to the June Herron Todd White (HTW) residential report. 

The valuation firm suggests that 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 residential report highlights where renovations are on the rise and the price points and outcomes those markets can expect.

"At the time of writing there are only 11 active Covid-19 infections in the state, four of those being hospitalised.

"Restrictions are slowly easing. Real estate agents can hold socially-distanced open homes and auctions," the valuation firm said. 

However it is going to be a while before the island state is open to tourists from the mainland again with the premier saying he will announce in July when we may expect the border restrictions to ease.

"Onto renovations and our ‘big green’ hardware stores have been the go-to during the last few months," the valuation firm said. 

"Like elsewhere in the country many Taswegians have been working from home (or being out of work at home) and thus have the opportunity to tend to those odd jobs. However we have not seen wide scale larger renovations/extensions." 

Builders have reported an increase in the smaller jobs but a decrease in quoting opportunities for those larger capital expenditure projects, the report noted. 

"Interestingly some Airbnb operators are taking this opportunity to undertake maintenance and upgrading works while their properties are having down time. 

"Initially we did see a rush of these types of properties into the traditional rental market. This transition has now slowed with owners now choosing to undertake maintenance and wait it out," the valuation firm said. 

"The obvious withdrawal of mainland buyers from our market would be expected to open up opportunities for the local buyer and even local first home buyer." 

Headline reports had sales activity down a third in April in some markets. However we have not yet seen any discernible movement in pricing. Nor have there been a rush of first home buyers into the market, the valuation firm said.

"Perhaps the talk that the State Government is going to raise the FHG from the current $20,000 to $40,000 is the incentive this buying segment needs to keep their powder dry for the moment!" 

There is a general feeling with the easing of restrictions that the island with its natural ‘ocean barrier protection’ is well positioned to work its way out of the last few months. Hopefully the state will soon be virus clear, the report noted. 

"This can only enhance our clean/green image to the wider world and potentially encourage further migration from the mainland states and territories.

"Interesting times ahead!"

A renovated Sandy Bay cottage has recently been sold for $860,000.

The five bedroom, one bathroom home is located at 75 Princes Street (pictured below).

It features well-designed kitchen/living/dining area, French doors, patio and garden. 

A new listing is a fully renovated period weatherboard home page39image3795024in Moonah priced at over $545,000.
The three bedroom, one bathroom home is situated at 28 Bayswater Road (pictured below).
It comes with open plan kitchen, living and dining area, additional workshop and expansive paved area for outdoor entertaining. 

Staff reporter

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