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HomeBuilder Grant

Understanding the $25K HomeBuilder Grant & How To Use

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There’s no doubt that 2020 has been an “unprecedented” year – COVID-19 impacted Aussie jobs, our economy and our lifestyles in ways we never saw coming.

But! There are some silver linings – such as the HomeBuilder grant, a scheme to help reboot the economy and get Aussie’s get back on track. If there was ever a time to renovate or build your dream home, this is it.

(And speaking of silver linings, if silver is your colour, we have just the range of light switches for you.)

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What is the $25K HomeBuilder Grant?

The HomeBuilder Grant is a national initiative by the Federal Government that provides eligible homeowners with a grant of $25,000 to substantially renovate their existing home or build a new home. Once your state or territory has opted in, you can apply through them.

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But why? How does it help?

The building and trade industry is a crucial part of our economy and infrastructure. By offering this grant that requires eligible homeowners to engage with the homebuilding industry it creates work, helps businesses, ensures homebuilding continues, AND sparks economic growth. Win, win, win!

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When is it available and how long for?

Now! The Homebuilder grant is for contracts entered into from 4 June 2020 to 31 December 2020. Work must start within three months of the date on the contract – meaning the time to act was yesterday.

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Who’s eligible?

To apply, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen aged 18 years or older who is registered on the certificate of title (the certificate of title must be to a person, not a company or trust).
  • Your income must be less than $125,000 for individuals and $200,000 for couples.
  • Be spending between $150,000 and $750,000 on renovating a home that was valued under $1.5m previously, or be building a new home which is worth less than $750,000.
  • Living in the home, as investment properties are excluded from the grant.

There are some further criteria depending on the type of grant and contract. Read through the HomeBuilder information on the various government websites for the full eligibility criteria.

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Will my home project count?

The HomeBuilder grant covers a range of projects, however you must engage with trades and be conducting substantial work, such as:

  • Mid-to-large-scale renovations
  • Building a new home
  • Significant kitchen or bathroom renovations
  • Any other extensive renovations

 

The HomeBuilder is not for DIY projects, smaller renovations, or for home add-ons such as pools, tennis courts or outdoor spas.

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How should I utilise it?

Being able to access an additional $25,000 for your home renovation or build means it’s time to invest in those details and finishings that make your life easier and your home more yours.  

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Personalise every detail

It’s the small stylish details that make all the difference to a room – case in point: your switches and powerpoints. You use them every single day, so make sure they reflect your interior style and lifestyle.

 

Our Iconic range caters for every look or vibe you’re creating in your home:

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Improve your home’s safety and protection

Home safety is easier and more advanced than ever. Given the amount of time we’re now spending at home, it’s important to keep your home and family as safe as possible with these areas.

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1. Make sure your switchboard is up to date

Most people don’t think about their switchboard. It’s simply forgotten until the power goes out in your house – but it’s crucial to keep it up to date to help keep your family, house and possessions safe.

 

We recommend three levels:

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2. Invest in motion sensors

Motion sensors are no longer limited to driveways for when you return home – use outdoor motion sensors to line pathways, brighten gardens and outdoor entertaining areas, or any other areas that you regularly use. 

 

Our motion sensors allow you to schedule them for times that suit your lifestyle, like the time you come home each night. A well-lit home is the best defence against intruders.

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3. Update your smoke alarms

Smoke alarms save lives, it’s as simple as that. Make sure you’re doing the most you can for your family to keep them safe from potential fires:

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Make your home smarter

A key way to make your life easier: smart home technology. Automating your home through voice recognition or an app on your smart device allows you to do things like:

  • Control your smart appliances
  • Turn on your heating or air conditioning
  • Preheat your oven
  • Program your lights

There are many benefits to a smart home, including:

  • Convenience
  • Comfort 
  • Security
  • Energy efficiency and monitoring
  • Impressing your friends

You can always start small with our basic controls or go big with our Wiser and C-Bus ranges – the world is your (pre-programmed) oyster.

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