Australia's home improvement hot spots revealed

Do you live in a top DIY home zone?

We all do a bit of updating in our homes, whether it's brightening up your bedroom or bringing a cool change to your living room.

And with online shopping just a click away, sourcing materials and items have become even more accessible. eBay has revealed that Australians have spent a whopping $8.37 billion on home renovations in the past 12 months, with $580 million spent on eBay products alone.

And the trend is set to increase this year - with new research indicating that 75 percent of homeowners are determined to finish their home improvement jobs themselves. eBay has revealed the areas in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland that are topping the market when it comes to purchasing DIY products online.

While Melbourne buyers are purchasing more and also spending more on home improvement items compared to other cities, Sydney is growing faster in terms of the number of items. Meanwhile, Canberra is growing fasters in terms of spending.

Here are the top suburbs that are buying up big online when it comes to making their home better.


The top three:

  • 3030: Werribee
  • 3029: Truganina
  • 3977: Cranbourne

Coming out on top is Werribee, where homeowners are the most avid online shoppers for their home. From outdoor products to bedroom furniture, this suburb south-west of Melbourne knows how to DIY. And it's no surprise. The area is popular with young families and has become home to those priced out of Melbourne's inner west housing market. The area is still relatively affordable for families looking to secure a three to four bedroom home.

Coming in a close second is the neighbouring suburb of Truganina, just 23 minutes from Werribee. With a similar real estate reputation, this suburban area has a high demand for home DIY.

Meanwhile, first home owners and investors are calling Cranbourne home. They’re bringing with them a DIY attitude doing those final few jobs themselves.


The top three:

  • 2170: Liverpool
  • 2560: Campbelltown
  • 2250: Gosford

Those living in Sydney’s south west are the most savvy when it comes to shopping DIY online. First up is Liverpool which has been dubbed the hub of south west Sydney. The area has grown a lot over the years in terms of infrastructure and transport, so it’s not surprising that Sydneysiders are both buying and investing in the area.

Similarly, Campbelltown has seen a lot of growth with homeowners investing in both the new developments and fixer-uppers.

Head north to Gosford – the suburb between Sydney and Newcastle – and you’ll find those who enjoy a relaxed beach lifestyle. They also have a relaxed approach to their homes and you’ll find plenty of properties that have been spruced up through DIY projects.


The top three

  • 4740: Mackay
  • 4350: Toowoomba
  • 4670: Bundaberg

In the past 12 months Mackay has experienced an economic boom meaning many people have decided to call the sunny suburb home. With many people investing in the area purchasing distressed properties, renovating on a budget is high on their priority list.

The town of Toowoomba is also a hot spot for home renovators. It’s become a popular place for those looking for some relief from the unaffordable Queensland housing market.

Meanwhile, Bundaberg residents are real DIYers. With a median housing price of just over $200,000 the area is full of fixer-uppers on large blocks, meaning backyard refreshes are also high on their priority list.

For DIY ideas and inspiration, catch Good Bones, Weeknights at 7:30pm on Lifestyle HOME.

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