WHAT AUSTRALIANS ARE SPENDING ON HOME RENOVATIONS:

* $29.66 bln in 2014, up 0.8 pct from 2013

* Accounts for more than one third of all residential construction activity

* Forecast to fall 2.8 pct to $27.35 bln in 2015

* Forecast to rise 8.2 pct to $29.60 bln between 2015 and 2018

* Repairs and maintenance jobs account for 43.8 pct of total work

* Then bathrooms (13.4 pct) and kitchens (8.3 pct)

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* Average job size $70,000 or less for half of renovators

* Majority of work in detached houses (15-35 years old)

Source: Housing Industry Association autumn 2015 Renovations Roundup.

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