The Biggest Obstacle for Women Renovators

Success Stories

The School of Renovating

Take a look at past and current students’ successful renovation and Airbnb projects

Bondi Reno Project By: Deb and Avi Levy

This Bondi reno was completed by a remarkable couple.
The Leap Of Faith

Debbie & Avi reached a point in their life where they were looking for a change.  They had been in the rag trade for decades and were dealing with massive changes in an industry that was being flooded with cheap imports.  Seeking to take control of their lives and their livelihood, they embarked on a path of renovating.  It was a huge leap of faith and they executed with determination and style.
They renovated their family home first, then they were ready for the next step. Their first renovation for profit was the Bondi reno.

Finding The Right Property For The Bondi Reno.

Newbie renovators find that securing that first project can be challenging.
Deb and Avi were smart, they decided to engage one of our superstar buyers agents.

Amanda Gould of High Spec Property  ( the pocket rocket)  secured their first project, a 2 bedroom apartment in Bondi.
Their intention was to renovate and sell the property to produce their income for the year.

The Family Project

Deb and Avi set about wielding their new skills on this tired old girl. One of the great things about renovating is that it gives you the opportunity to design the life YOU want. In the Bondi reno, Deb and Avi assigned the tasks according to their strengths. Deb has a good eye for detail so she supervised and monitored the design and quality of the reno. Avi has years of management experience and he took the onsite management.

Their son, Aaron, worked on the project as well. This not only kept the money in the family, it meant they got to spend quality time together. It had the added benefit of fostering his entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to get out there and do it for himself.

The Inevitable Challenge

Like all renos, the Bondi reno had its challenges, the biggest being the cabinet maker going through a marriage break up which froze his assets mid-project and put a serious spanner in the works.
Deb and Avi were able to negotiate their way through the difficulties and get their project completed and sold with a spectacular result.

The Scope Of Work For The Bondi Reno:

Removing the wall between the kitchen and living room, installing a beam (which was craned in) and making good.

  • Kitchen & appliances with island bench and waterfall.
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath and walk-in shower.
  • Wardrobes.
  • Lighting and electrical fittings throughout.
  • Floating floor.
  • Window dressings.
  • Paintwork.

The Bondi Reno Dream Team

Renovators: Debbie & Avi Levy

Buyers Agent High Spec Properties

Styling  Bowerbird Interiors.

Selling Agent Jeremy Weisner

What’s next?

Deb and Avi have purchased and started on their next project; a two bedroom apartment in Bellevue Hill. They feel confident that they have a recipe that works.

Cost Breakdown for the Bondi Reno

Purchase PriceBuying CostsHolding CostsReno CostsSale PriceProfit
 $1,000,000 $109,000 $30,000 $130,000 $1,475,000$206,000

Floor Plan Changes

  • Related Posts

    Share it!

    If you loved the episode, I would be so grateful if you shared it on social media or left a review! 

    Amazing Free Content!LeaLea707 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 05/22/22
    Read More
    “I have been listening to this Podcast for a few years now. I love how Bernadette freely shares her experiences and knowledge of renovating and how to create wealth through property. There are many people out there doing a similar things but Bernadette is the real deal. Her down to earth approach reasonates with me and I’ve learned lots from her. I’d highly recommend She Renovates!”
    Just brilliant!fbegeng via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 03/16/22
    Read More
    “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
    Read More
    “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.”
    Amazing insights and adviceJennaBrad via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 03/22/21
    Read More
    “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!”
    Practical Magic For All RenovatorsJames’ Inspiration via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 12/15/20
    Read More
    “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”
    My Guilty Pleasure..Tanned Greek via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 10/26/20
    Read More
    “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) 😉”
    You would have to be crazy to miss this !!Lifestylepp via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 10/15/20
    Read More
    “If you have any interest at all in renovating, you would be crazy not to listen to every episode! As someone who has done many courses and a project manager by trade, i learn something every time. Bernadette is so genuine and generous and totally relatable. Do yourself a favour and subscribe now !”

    Want more?

    If you want to meet up with a group of savvy renovators. I would say come over and join She Renovates Facebook Group. It’s a completely FREE Facebook group and it is growing at the rate of knots. We hit over a thousand members just recently, and now it seems to have picked up momentum. They are all savvy renovating women and men working their little hearts out to live a better life through renovating.

    The only membership you need to grow your renovation business…

    Wonder Women is a combination of live sessions and pre-recorded content to help you get what you need, when you need it. I know that you’re the expert and you’ve got all of your subject knowledge nailed – now it’s time to build the business behind your renovation projects and stop being the worlds best kept secret. 

    Scroll to Top