A MODERN transformation to a 1970s Belmont brick house has set the benchmark for those looking to renovate a property.
Buyers are keen to get their hands dirty for a house renovation in a bid to get into the market as well as to add value to a property.
And some renovations do not require structural changes just a fresh interior with a coat of paint, new carpet and modern conveniences added.
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This was the case for Kain Karnis when he bought 33 Learmouth St, Belmont in 2017 for $422,000.
“The plan was to renovate and then put it on the market, I think it has come up really well,” Mr Karnis said.
When he bought the classic brick house there was wallpaper in every room, including the toilet.
“I did big cosmetic changes with a new kitchen and bathroom, painted everything and ripped up all the flooring,” Mr Karnis said.
“It was relatively quick to do the inside, about three or four months, but the outside took a while as it was like a forest.”
Now, the rendered facade provides an enticing entry to the modern interior.
Inside a new kitchen has stainless steel appliances and stone benchtops, timber floorboards are found in the living areas and there are built-in wardrobes in each of the three bedrooms creating a contemporary family home.
Maxwell Collins, Geelong agent Laura Vander Noord is taking the 673sq m property to auction on March 2 at 11am with price hopes of $540,000-$580,000.
“The renovation has been done meticulously and with a lot of care and it is in a good spot,” Ms Vander Noord said.
Geelong manager for national valuation firm Herron Todd White, Mark Harmer said the outer southern suburbs of Belmont, Grovedale and Waurn Ponds were still being perceived as providing good value.
“You’ve got your 1980s single level brick veneer houses which is still neat and still affordable and they are on a minimum 500sq m allotment,” Mr Harmer said.
“It’s a perfect house for a first-home buyer. They can get into the market, they’ve got a neat house and they can do their own touches over time.”
He said the infrastructure in that area also added to the appeal of it.
Below are three properties that are ripe for renovation.
14 FRYERS RD, HIGHTON
The ultimate blank canvas of a house on 946sq m of land has been listed for sale in Highton.
Hodges, Geelong West agent Marcus Falconer said it was a project that didn’t get completed.
“It is a rare allotment of land in the heart of all the action … it is ideal for someone to come in and re-fit, re-tile and repaint,” Mr Falconer said.
The three-bedroom house is going to auction on March 2 at 10am with price hopes of $500,000-$550,000.
35 TAHARA ST, HAMLYN HEIGHTS
Behind the red brick facade of a Hamlyn Heights house is the original interior including colourful wallpaper and patterned carpet.
Buyers looking for potential to update and add value will have myriad opportunities without having to change the structure of the four-bedroom house.
Harcourts, North Geelong agent Shane King is taking the property to auction on March 2 at 11.30am with price hopes of $529,000-$579,000.
197 MCKILLOP ST, EAST GEELONG
A century old relic in East Geelong is ready for someone to get their hands dirty and bring this five-bedroom house back to life.
Bright wallpaper is a dominating feature within the rooms as is the carpet but there is so much potential to be found with high ceilings and period fireplaces.
Barry Plant, Leopold agent Deane Hughes is taking the property to auction on March 16 at 11am with price hopes of $550,000-$580,000.