The Biggest Obstacle for Women Renovators

The podcast for women who want to create income and a life they love through renovating

Join serial renovator Bernadette Janson as she explores the ins and outs of renovating for profit!

Bernadette has over 30 years of experience in the renovating for profit business. She’s a registered nurse, a renovator, a mum, and a teacher.

184-Mary And Lilah Nieuwland: Short-Term Holiday Rentals And Other Renovating Projects

Have you been sitting on the fence about renovating properties with the purpose of renting them out on a short-term basis? What’s holding you back? Short-term holiday rentals can be a great property investment strategy, resulting in wealth-building profits. 

Mary and Lilah Nieuwland, a mother and daughter property investment team, joined Bernadette Janson on She Renovates to talk about their short-term holiday rentals portfolio and why it is a profitable strategy.

Mary and Liliah have a three-pronged approach to property, including renovating homes for the purpose of Airbnb, renovating to sell for profit, and managing Airbnb properties. Their current portfolio includes four short-term holiday rental properties, five completed renovations, and two renovation projects in the pipeline.

Take a listen as they share what it’s like working together, managing other people’s properties, using short-term rentals to build cash flow, and how 2020, the height of the Covid pandemic, was their most successful year. 

Watch the Episode on Video:


  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:10  Mary and Lilah’s current reno projects
  • 03:23  What impact does renovating have on a mother and daughter relationship
  • 06:07 The type of Property Mary and Lilah host.
  • 08:45 Mary and Lilah’s Property in South Melbourne 
  • 12:17  Who’s responsible for the styling?
  • 13:46  Is long term stay reliable for Airbnb?
  • 16:43  What does Mary and Lilah think is the best type of property?
  • 18:55 What areas in Melbourne work best for short-term rental?
  • 21:19 Bookings  
  • 24:59  The most horrendous, scary, or funny experience with airbnb.

I was very aware in the beginning that I thought that if it would affect us, we would have to not work together. It would be much easier rather than,  jeopardize, our love and our friendship. But it’s actually worked out really well, and I’m thrilled

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    “I've been binge-listening to this podcast for the past week and it's absolutely brilliant. Bernadette has amassed so much knowledge and wisdom about renovating and she shares it generously and in a really easy to understand way that's inspired me to give it a go. Her advice is practical and I love that she approaches renovating in a really ethical and open-hearted way. Every episode honestly is gold. I also love that each episode is quite short and addresses a specific topic without any waffle. Thank you so much for this podcast!”
    Practical and honest adviceLuke Marland via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/12/21
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    “Hands down best renovation podcast there is. There’s no scams or tricks here and Bernadette provides honest and practical advice that you can actually apply to your life. There’s also great insights into the property industry (not just renovating) and Bernadette’s simple approach gives you tools to mitigate risk and fuels confidence to start your own projects.”
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    “Bernadette is an inspiration. Warm, open and a fountain of wisdom and advice. I’ve learned so much about everything from renovating to selling to creating an independent future from this podcast. Look forward to every episode!”
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    “If you need to break through any of your limitations to find the joy and success in renovation, Bernadette is your inspiration and advisor with decades of experience. Her down to earth, practical style of sharing what works and how to keep control of any renovating project is worth tuning in for - week after week. I have done a few renovations in the (distant) past and now feel motivated to go again, this time for a change of pace and new horizons. This podcast shows the way. Thanks Bernadette, James Burgin”
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    “Just dropping by to show my support for your podcast Bernadette. I look forward to each episode and I am never disappointed with the content. It’s such a generous offering and compared to many of the other property podcasts I subscribe to, yours is the clear winner. Perfectly suited to people embarking on a new renovator journey but equally suited to more experienced folk like myself - there’s something for everyone. Keep up the great work. Your honesty is so refreshing! I look forward to future learning and hearing more student success stories. Best, David Michos (And yes... a bloke) 😉”
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