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Planning On Renovating

Category: Buying, Landlords, Selling

A new renovation calculator launched by Suncorp, and powered by CoreLogic, is helping keen renovators to estimate the cost of home renovations, according to the room and renovation type being considered.

The calculator has been launched in parallel with Channel 9’s The Block which kicked off on television screens across Australia on Sunday, 23 August.


Renovators can use the calculator to quickly determine the estimated costs of various home renovations in any particular suburb, with an extensive range of renovation types. 


The calculator provides estimates of renovation costs from internal painting, to a complete bathroom redesign, with each renovation project providing a question string that generates a separate estimated cost depending on the user’s answers. 


Suncorp Executive General Manager Lending, Glenn Haslam said the renovation calculator is a useful tool for keen renovators to get a better understanding of the costs associated with their home renovation goals.


“Finances are top of mind for most Australians and with people spending more time at home, we know that many Aussies are starting to think about how they can make their house feel more like home,” Mr Haslam said.


“Before starting any renovation it’s important to start with a budget. Suncorp’s renovation calculator helps provide tangible guidance on the likely cost you could face depending on the scale of your renovation.


“Our Suncorp lenders and brokers can also help prospective renovators understand options to finance their renovation while also balancing their financial goals,” Mr Haslam said.


Lisa Claes, CEO of CoreLogic International said, “As a core sponsor of The Block, Suncorp was searching for a meaningful tool that would help people understand the costs of different types of renovations. The renovation tool utilises data which is updated quarterly to estimate the cost of renovations, including trades, services and materials based on the customer’s location and quality of fixtures used. All facets of the build, including labour and materials, are incorporated, which helps to more effectively estimate the total cost.”

The renovation trend in Australia has been steadily increasing, especially in the current climate with people spending more time at home contemplating home improvements.


“Schemes such as the HomeBuilder grant have also meant that more people are inclined towards a renovation over relocation,” Mrs Claes said.


The Suncorp Renovation Calculator powered by CoreLogic can be accessed at