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COVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic

first_imgVictoria and Paul Taylor are renovating their investment property in Mitchelton. Picture: Tara Croser.Aussie families have jumped at the chance to renovate their properties during the coronavirus pandemic.New lending data has revealed just how keen Australians are to give their homes a facelift,, with the average budget coming in at a whopping $63,188.Victoria came in with the highest average renovation cost at $71,067, followed by Tasmania $67,416 and New South Wales $66,609. Queensland held the median at $60,560.ACT ($58,466), Western Australia ($54,377) and South Australia ($53,524) were below the national average renovation cost alongside QLD, according to Suncorp Bank lending data retrieved from July 2019 to June 2020.MORE: Amazing home has an entire skate park inside itExperts warn of sharp fall in house prices28-year-old buys house sight unseen, againBuilders have reported being inundated with enquiries for quotes for renovation projects.Brisbane-based builder Mitch Picklington of Mitcon Build has been inundated with construction enquiries from households during COVID-19.“We have been inundated with requests to quote for different jobs around Brisbane at the moment, whether it’s renovating one room in the house or making plans for a larger scale renovation to use the government’s Home Builder scheme.”Among the most popular requests were improvements to shared living areas, he said.“We’ve seen a surge in people wanting to expand their current living areas with an extension and refresh their outdoor entertainment area by adding a pergola, deck or even swimming pool.”AVERAGE COST OF RENOVATIONState/Territory Average AmountNSW $66,609WA $54,377QLD $60,560VIC $71,067TAS $67,416SA $53,524ACT $58,466Australia $63,118(Source: Suncorp)Suncorp data showed renovations were booming in The Gap, Burleigh Waters, Coorparoo, Elanora and Nerang in Queensland while Kellyville, Drummoyne, Miranda, Tamworth and Ballina were among those frequently renovated in New South Wales.Suncorp executive general manager consumer lending Bruce Rush said postponed holidays or events were among factors that were seeing households start planning renovations.More from newsWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoThousands of affordable homes in limbo amid push for federal help15 Sep 2020“Many customers are keen to improve the look and feel of their home but don’t know where to start. The best way to keep a renovation on track and on budget is to do as much research as you can before getting started. Talking to your bank or broker is a good place to start to ensure you get the right finance for your renovation project.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58Victoria and Paul Taylor are among those who are planning to start renovation work, in their case on an investment property they’ve just picked up.“Our budget is $30,000 so spending on essential upgrades and upcycling as much as possible,” Mrs Taylor said. They’re saving money on the renovation by putting in a new bathroom with upcycled cast-iron bath and basin, and repainting the original 1950s kitchen rather than install a new one.“We should be done by mid October so that will be six weeks in total,” she said.Kitchens are still the most expensive part of the home to renovate but builders are reporting many requests coming in to improve living and entertainment zones.“We had been looking at purchasing an investment property for some time but nothing was jumping out at us. We found this renovators delight in Mitchelton and are taking time off to do it up rather than go on holiday. We weren’t thinking about renovating but given COVID-19 restrictions we figured we might as well put our energy and some dollars into a project that will hopefully reap rewards in the long term.”According to Suncorp’s renovation calculator, kitchens continue to be the most expensive part of the home to renovate – averaging $20,750, a bathroom around $16,250, a double carport would set a homeowner back $32,450, while a small deck costs about $4,300.Angie Brown from Randwick, New South Wales, said when COVID-19 changed her 2020 travel plans, she turned to renovations.Paul and Victoria Taylor are renovating their investment property during COVID-19. Pic: Tara Croser.“We had always planned to renovate, but COVID-19 and spending more time in our apartment than ever before made us reassess our finances, hastening up our renovation plans. It’s been nice to stay busy planning our apartment renovation, talking to our bank and having discussions with local suppliers and builders, and it has given us something to look forward to in a pretty crazy year where things haven’t exactly gone to plan.”LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWSlast_img read more

Memorial set for ‘Voice of Disneyland’

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A memorial service will be Sunday for Earl Raymond Jackson, dubbed “the voice of Disneyland,” who died April 30. He was 72. He moved with family to California in 1967, working in the Entertainment Division at Disneyland. After producing and announcing many live shows, including the premier of Disneyland on Parade, Jackson was dubbed “the voice of Disneyland” by Walt Disney. Survivors include Patricia Jackson, his wife of 49 years; daughters Beverly and Catherine; son David; and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pickwick Gardens, 1001 Riverside Drive Burbank. Memorial contributions may be sent to the HealthCare Foundation at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.last_img read more

6 Controversies Around Lord Ganesha From Across the World

first_imgIndians across the world are known to be sensitive about their gods. They have, some may argue, time and again proved themselves to be extremely protective about their religious practices and careful about the portrayal of their deities. The depiction of Hindu gods in manners considered insensitive by some has often landed individual and organisations in controversies.With the Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi just round the corner, we look at some controversies that arose from the depiction of the Hindu ‘Elephant God’.1. Ganesha as Evil God in Dragon Ball Super In February this year, Dragon Ball Super drew flak from Universal Society of Hinduism because one of the eight Gods of Destruction in the popular Japanese anime series was related to Lord Ganesha. Hindu groups asked the producers, Toei Animation and FUNimation Entertainment, to immediately remove the character that seemed to be inspired by Lord Ganesha.2. Ganesha on Dog BedsKESS Inhouse, the Oceanside-based US company founded by Sara Gupta-O’Neill in 2016, got tangled in a controversy after objections were raised to dog beds and other products featuring images of Lord Ganesha. Hindu groups asked the company to pull down the products and issue an apology. But Gupta-O’Neill said that she grew up in a Hindu household and none of her family members found the products offensive. 3. Ganesha Duvet CoverUrban Outfitters is not new to controversies related to Hindu gods. Back in 2013, they upset the Hindu community by making socks featuring Ganesha’s image. The next year, they started selling Lord Ganesha duvet covers, which again angered the Hindu community.  4. Ganesha on SwimsuitsIn 2014, New York-based designer Mara Hoffman received backlash for selling low-cut swimsuits, mini-dresses and nylon shirts with multi-coloured elephant icons on the chest, which she called “ganesh sky print.” These  swimsuits were being sold at departmental stores like Bloomingdale’s and e-commerce websites such as Amazon, reported New York Daily News. “[It’s] upsetting to Hindus because we worship Lord Ganesh as our primary deity,” Uma Mysorekar, the president of the 20,000-member Ganesh Temple in Flushing, had said then. “To improperly represent him on swimwear is insulting to our religion.” 5. Ganesha’s Face on Beer BottlesAn Australian brewery, Brookvale Union, used the image of Ganesha on its ginger beer bottles in 2013. The previous year, Oregon-based Burnside Brewing Company had to apologise after it faced widespread outrage for naming a beer after the Hindu goddess Kali, reported News 18.The tagline for the beer bottle ad says, “Quality Nonsense”. The bottle on the company’s website had the image of Lord Ganesha moving across the page and when you put the cursor over the image, it replaced Ganesha’s head with that of popular Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, and a plate of fire arose from Ganesha’s head.Even though Brookvale Union apologised, and the website does not feature the animation now, it has continued to sell such bottles.6. Portrayal of Lord Ganesha in a Sex ActIn a skit titled The Wrath of Ganesh on NBC’s SNL, Jim Carrey and Kenan Thomson demonstrated a sexual technique, mocking elephant-headed Lord Ganesh and his trunk during the act. Hindus found it highly offensive and disturbing, and asked Jim Carrey and NBC to apologise. Related ItemsGanesh ChaturthiGanesh products USGanesha Brookvale Union ginger beerGanesha controversiesGanesha Dragon Ball SuperGanesha objectionable depictionsJim Carrey Kenan Thomson Wrath of GaneshLittle Indialast_img read more