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Couple flip out over home renovations

Couple flip out over home renovations SMART: Serial renovators Aaron and Shona Edwards have started a business “flipping” properties to improve their sale value. Picture: Marina Neil
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BEFORE: Aaron and Shona Edwards performed a “strategic makeover” of 20 Grayson Street, Kotara in a “stressful” but “rewarding” six-week period.

AFTER: Aaron Edwards has a knack for visualising an improved layout and says seeing the finished product is a huge reward for the effort.

BEFORE: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

AFTER: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

BEFORE: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

AFTER: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

BEFORE: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

AFTER: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

BEFORE: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

BEFORE: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

AFTER: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

BEFORE: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

AFTER: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

BEFORE: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

AFTER: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

BEFORE: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

AFTER: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

BEFORE: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

AFTER: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

BEFORE: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

AFTER: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

BEFORE: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

AFTER: 20 Grayson Street, Kotara

TweetFacebookThe Block, but in fact Fletcher husband-and-wife renovation team Aaron and Shona Edwards do it witha lot lessdrama.

The Fletcher couple have been “flipping houses” for the past 11 years.

It started with what they thought would be “an investment property” in Brisbane and turned into a passion.

Now, nine transformed houses later, they have started their own renovation and staging business, Smart Makeover.

They found, unlike many people who swear they will never renovate again after their first attempt, they loved it.

“We did really well out of our first property,” Mr Edwardssaid.“It was owned by a hoarder, so there was that much stuff in it and it had been on the market for about six weeks with no offers.

“People would walk in and be overwhelmed and just walk straight out. I could see the potential in the property whereas others couldn’t, so we got that cheap.

“We went through and did minor cosmetic renovations and did really well out of it.”

Their most recent project, at 20 Grayson Street, Kotara, looks set to be their most successful.

The pair gave themselves a six-week period to transform thehome they bought in 2015. They have just listed it with PRDnationwide Newcastle and Lake Macquarie and it will be taken to auction by Michael Hardy on September 24. The couple hope to clear $250,000 in profit.

“Our two biggest secrets arebuy under market value and do a smart makeover,” Mrs Edwards said.

“Most have been short. There was only one we did which was a 12-month renovation and we lived in it. That one was tough and we won’t do that again.”

They have learned new “tricks and hacks” along the way and have started a blog sharing them for people doingDIY renovations.

“There are always possible blowouts,” Mrs Edwards, a trained primary school teacher, said.

“One property we pulled out the kitchen and the whole floor was just wet and had to be started again, so you never know exactly what you’re going to get, and it’s a challenge.

“This last one was stressful, I’m not going to lie, but we loved it, andI feel like I’m living my passion now. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

There was only one bone of contention –a shelving issue in the laundry which they transformed into a butler’s pantry.

But other than that they agree “we think a lot alike” and the end result is always worth the effort.

“My passion is turning it around, just from the original house to the finished product,” Mr Edwards said.“Seeing that is great.I love it.”

They will use their latest project to show clients what can be done in a short time frame.

“A lot of people overcapitalise,” Mr Edwards, a maritime worker,said.

“A lot of people go in without knowing the market to which they are renovating to.They do it to their expectations or their style.

“We’ve done well out of what we’ve done and we’ve learned from our mistakes.

“The 12-month project, it blew out, so that’s where we decided to hone in on timings. We overcapitalised because that was going to be our forever house … we did things to our standard there that exceeded market expectations, so it ate into our profit when we sold.

“That gave us that little bit of education.”

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