Upsizing, home improvements, and other renovation activities are on an all-time high in 10 suburbs in NSW, including Maroubra, as the volume of jobs and demand for tradies increased in 2021.
Hipages, the largest online marketplace for tradies in Australia, determined the 10 hottest renovation suburbs from 1 January to 21 December 2021 based on the number of jobs posted by homeowners on its app. Aside from Marouba, residents from the suburbs of Kellyville, Blacktown, Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill, Quakers Hill, Campbelltown, Sydney, Penrith, and Schofields had a huge demand for tradies as well.
With homeowners unable to travel for leisure due to the lockdowns and restrictions during the pandemic, Hipages’ app usage for homeowners had a 56 per cent increase in the last year. Stuart Tucker, Hipages’ Chief Customer Officer, said the demand has continued into the New Year with new job postings at an average of 20 seconds.
However, some jobs are highly sought-after that he advised homeowners to start discussing with their tradies earlier to schedule the job and avoid delays or hitches in the renovation projects. Among the most in-demand jobs include:
The Hipages app also saw an increase in job listings for project managers and landscape architects for larger projects. During the pandemic, most homeowners have decided to renovate their kitchen, home theater, house extensions, attic access, pool, and landscape or gardens.
It comes as Property Market Updates reported a 22.22 per cent growth in Maroubra’s property market for the period covering October 2020 to September 2021. In this Eastern beaches locale, even rundown Maroubra homes are seen as good value because of the water views and the size of land per block, where new homeowners envision restoration projects to build their dream homes.