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Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne Extensions vs New Homes vs Relocation

When there is a change in the demands or the dynamic of the home, then a choice is presented to the homeowners: extend and renovate, move or knockdown and start afresh. All options can be an appropriate choice in different circumstances that will depend on need and desired outcome.

In Sydney Brisbane and Melbourne, extensions are popular as there are many older houses that are ripe for renovation and extension by either adding more levels or spreading out where space allows. Investing in the existing home is the most cost effective option and will add value while improving quality of life. While making your choice and investigating options, consider the following factors:

  • How long do you plan to live in the home?
  • Are you connected to the local area? Schools/work/friends/family?
  • Does the home need modernising?
  • Is the family growing?
  • Would you like a better lifestyle?

Options in Melbourne: Extensions Vs Buy/Sell Vs Knock-Down Rebuild

Extension – Renovation Selling Knock-down Rebuild
Stamp duty*   $104,500
Agent fees  $24,000
Moving costs   $5,000 $10,000
Preparing house for sale  $15,000
Demolition   $5,000 $15,000
Landscaping  $5,000 $20,000
Carpets & drapes  $10,000 $20,000
Storage $5,000
Rent** $41,600
Build costs***  $250,000 $700,000
Cost difference of bigger house ^  $410,000
TOTAL*** $270,000  $558,500 $811,600
* based on an $1,900,000 home in Victoria. ** based on 12months at $800p/w *** costs are indicative ONLY and will vary for individual circumstance. ^ cost difference between 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom house Surrey Hills 3127
Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the figures shown in this table, the results should be used as an indication only. Before relying on this material for any important matter, users should carefully evaluate its accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance to their purposes, and should obtain any appropriate professional advice relevant to their particular circumstances.

Extend and Renovate

For those who enjoy where they live and have no desire to move to other parts of Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, home extensions and renovations is the best choice. Older properties have a sense of character and were built to last (which are plentiful within inner city and midtown areas in Ashburn), so extensions can restore and maintain the ornate and beautiful charm of classic exterior architecture while modernity and convenience enhance the interior. Older houses, with or without extensions, hold their value better than new houses and are difficult to replicate using modern building techniques. Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne extensions are often a faster alternative to building new and are typically the most cost efficient option.


Some homeowners decide that the best thing to do is to sell and buy an existing house. This option is attractive if you don’t like the area you live in. Often though, movers don’t calculate the true cost of moving. With stamp duty, sales and relocation implications, moving can be an expensive alternative. Often costs are not realised until it’s too late.

These expenses are costs, never to be recovered. They can mount to almost 75% of the cost of renovating the existing home and savvy home owners are discovering that in many instances the best option is to invest into their existing home, therefore enjoying both financial and lifestyle gains.

There is also the cost of upgrading to a bigger home. On 26 FEB 2016,, reported that the difference between a 3 bedroom home and a 4 bedroom home in Surrey Hills Victoria (3127) was $410,000. With the inclusion of stamp duty and agents fees, that cost can blow out to more than $550,000 for just one room.

Knockdown and Rebuild

Sometimes homeowners consider knocking down and rebuilding. Unfortunately though, new homes are only ever brand new the day they are finished. From that day on the new home can continue to lose much of its value, year after year, for up to five to ten years thereafter. This is due to housing styles going in and out of fashion, depreciation, as well as the unavoidable difference between cheap, modern materials and durable, long-lasting older home construction.

Knocking down and building new is also a very expensive option. There is the additional demolition, landscaping, rent and moving cost. Not to mention the cost of building an entire home from scratch.

It is important to always decide the best choice for your current and future lifestyle in mind. Know the space you live in before making big decisions about changing or leaving it, do plenty of research into all the options before deciding. Knowledge is the best way to make the right decision whether to extend and renovate, move or knockdown and rebuild.