Selling Houses Australia

Renovating Investment Units

See how the Selling Houses Australia Extreme team gave tired QLD units a makeover.

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Address: Beachmere, QLD
List Price: $665,000
Sale price: $666,500
Makeover budget: $15,000

Story Synopsis

This block of four units in the seaside Queensland town of Beachmere has an owner/agent, Bill, who’s pinching the pennies. Apart from Bill breaking the agents’ golden rule of never selling your own property, these units are also in a state of disrepair both inside and out. A knockdown would cost a fortune, due to the tricky asbestos factor, so a targeted renovation and tidy up is the solution for this investment property.


With limited budget, it was decided to renovate only one of the units, which could then be used as a gauge for potential for the other units.

Apart from having no room for a fridge, the kitchen was looking tired and old, and needed a cheap but quality fix. A polyurethane surface spray from Resurfacing Australia on the tiles and work surface was the answer.

A small extension was added to the rear of the unit selected for renovation, with timber from Narangba Timbers. The extension served the dual purpose of enclosing the toilet area, so that it was no longer “outside”, and also provided an area for a refrigerator.

The kitchen and new porch extension was visually opened up by having the same wood-look vinyl floor throughout, supplied by Carpet Call, along with freshly painted walls, ceilings and trims throughout the whole interior. Shaynna selected Taubmans Interior low sheen ‘Crisp White’ for the walls, ‘Flat White’ for the ceiling, and semi gloss ‘Crisp White’ for the trims. Timber battan in the window blinds from Blinds Online ties in neatly with the floorboards in the bedrooms.

Some budget lighting, colourful wall features and light coloured furniture from Valiant Hire completed the living and sleeping spaces, giving it that beachside feel.

In the bathroom, the old shower wasn’t worth saving and was replaced with a new perspex cubicle from Marble Trend, complimented by a new vanity and fittings from Caroma Dorf, who also supplied new fittings in the laundry. A bi-fold door also aids with saving space.

The exterior laundry was designated “interior” and fell into Shaynna’s domain. Previously an insecure area, a lockable door from Absolute Doors and Windows was added, making the laundry accessible only to tenants with keys.


Charlie had the task of improving all the communal outdoor areas – visual appeal of the house exterior, the garden and parking areas. He started by painting the entire exterior of the building in two contrasting Taubmans colours, ‘Coffee Cake’ on the walls, and ‘Aspen Snow’ on the trims. The entire area was enclosed with a relatively inexpensive aluminium fence, supplied by Northside Fencing, which matched the surroundings and was colour matched to the house.

The limited hot water issue was resolved by replacing it with a new EcoSmart Solar system, which heats up the water as soon as the level drops and is 80% more efficient than the old system.

Originally only having one parking space for four units, a new parking area for three more cars was created using deco granite (crushed granite), pre-mixed with cement and compacted. The original parking space was also upgraded.

Because of the sandy and salty soil in the area, Charlie used hardy plants for the garden such as cordylines, philodendrons and lomandras, from Gardenscapes Landscapes Centre, with fresh mulch to finish.

The final touches are replacing the old rusty letterboxes with new ones, easily picked up at the local hardware, and a new clothesline.

Taubmans colour chart

Interior walls - Interior low sheen “Crisp White”
Interior ceilings - Ceiling “Flat White”
Interior trims - Interior semi gloss “Crisp White”
Exterior walls - Exterior low sheen “Coffee Cake”
Exterior trims & gutters - Exterior low sheen “Aspen Snow”

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