Tips for Buying, Building and Renovating on the Gold Coast

We were not surprised by the growth figures of the Gold Coast when we were doing our research for this page. When doing a building and pest inspection, the Gold Coast is hard to leave; we may or may not take a sneaky trip to the beach before heading home. We love the Gold Coast because of its diversity in every aspect. The Gold Coast is magnetising. The people, the places, the lifestyles, the living styles. But just like beer goggles can alter your perception, so can the Gold Coast vibes. Do your due diligence before you buy.

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The Gold Coast: An Overview

Steadily gaining recognition as one of the most sought after places to live, the Gold Coast is known for its beautiful beaches, warm climate and endless list of things to do.

The Gold Coast is a nature lovers paradise, not just with the ocean, but with the national parks in the Gold Coast Hinterland. There’s something for everyone on the Gold Coast – nightlife, food, luxury, relaxation, parks, theme parks, recreation, and plenty of property choices.

The Gold Coast caters to families, couples, singles, and older generations alike, not just with recreation but also with property type. Duplexes, townhouses, apartments, high-rise living, houses, gated communities, mansions or acreage blocks in the hinterland and valleys; there’s loads of choice on the Gold Coast. There’s no need for Brisbane here. The Gold Coast is a bustling city of its own with over 200 childcare centres and pre-schools, over 100 schools, three major universities and TAFE colleges. The Gold Coast has eight hospitals and numerous medical centres, and a Gold Coast International Airport at Tugun.

Whatever stage of life you’re at, you’ll never be short of things to do here.

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Gold Coast Suburbs

Advancetown

Alberton

Anglers Paradise

Arundel

Ashmore

Austinville

Bahrs Scrub

Bannockburn

Beechmont

Beenleigh

Belivah

Benobble

Benowa

Benowa Waters

Bethania

Biggera Waters

Bilinga

Bonogin

Boyland

Broadbeach

Broadbeach Waters

Bundall

Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Waters

Canungra

Carrara

Chevron Island

Clagiraba

Clear Island Waters

Coolangatta

Coombabah

Coomera

Coomera Waters

Cronin Island

Currumbin

Currumbin Valley

Currumbin Waters

Eagle Heights

Eagleby

Edens Landing

Elanora

Ephraim Island

Ferny Glen

Florida Gardens

Flying Fox

Gaven

Gilberton

Gilston

Guanaba

Helensvale

Highland Park

Hollywell

Holmview

Hope Island

Illinbah

Isle Of Capri

Jacobs Well

Kingsholme

Kirra

Labrador

Lamington National Park

Lower Beechmont

Luscombe

Main Beach

Maudsland

Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Waters

Merrimac

Miami

Molendinar

Monterey Keys

Mount Nathan

Mount Warren Park

Mudgeeraba

Natural Bridge

Nerang

Neranwood

Nobby Beach

Norwell

Numinbah Valley

Ormeau

Ormeau Hills

Oxenford

Pacific Pines

Palm Beach

Paradise Island

Paradise Point

Paradise Waters

Parkwood

Pimpama

Reedy Creek

Robina

Runaway Bay

Sanctuary Cove

Santa Barbara

Sarabah

South Stradbroke

Southern Moreton Bay Isla…

Southport

Southport Park

Sovereign Islands

Springbrook

Stapylton

Steiglitz

Studio Village

Surfers Paradise

Tallai

Tallebudgera

Tallebudgera Valley

Tamborine Mountain

Tugun

Upper Coomera

Varsity Lakes

Waterford

Willow Vale

Windaroo

Witheren

Wolffdene

Wongawallan

Wonglepong

Woongoolba

Worongary

Yatala

Gold Coast Property Market

Many people have been closely watching the Gold Coast real estate market as it continues to rise. Experts say it will continue to experience moderate growth in 2022, mainly due to interstate migration.

In January 2022, The Urban Developer reported that Gold Coast housing prices have grown by an astonishing 35% in the past year. It’s expected that prices will rise even further in 2022 and surpass all other Australian cities. This is an impressive figure considering that the Gold Coast, Queensland’s second-largest city, only predicted 8% growth for this year but instead grew by 30%!

The median value of Gold Coast property has gone up by $287 000 since January 2021, and units experienced an increase of $163,000 over the same period.

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The Best Gold Coast Suburbs

Hot Gold Coast suburbs with the highest quarterly and annual price rises have been Mermaid Waters, Miami and Burleigh.

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Mermaid Waters

Mermaid waters median house price is $1.45M with a high demand market that is more than double the Queensland average. This Gold Coast suburb is centrally located but far enough away from the hustle and bustle. Here you can get larger blocks just minutes from the beach or a lifestyle on the canals or river.

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Miami

Miami’s median house price is $1.4M with a high demand market a fraction above the Queensland average. Miami is a quiet beachfront suburb conveniently located near shops, the famous Burleigh Heads Beach, Surfers Paradise and more.

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Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Heads median house price is $1.21M with a high demand market above the Queensland average. The beach culture, rainforest, world-famous beach, and laid back holiday feel brings many buyers to this region.

Gold Coast Building and Pest Inspections: The Common Defects

Publicised for its building defects, particularly in apartment buildings, the Gold Coast has an extra risk factor. The need for building and pest inspections, Gold Coast wide, has never been more important.  The Gold Coast Bulletin reported the region as the “wild, wild west” thanks to developers cutting corners to save a dollar.

About 99% of high-rises have defects that need repair, and that is both new and old buildings. Houses in the area haven’t escaped the defects either. We’ve seen newer homes show worrying defects shortly after being built during our Gold Coast building inspections. As you can see, having a pest and building inspection on the Gold Coast is a no brainer.

Common defects found in Gold Coast properties include:

  • Windows loose in frames
  • Falling concrete
  • Dodgy balustrading
  • Glass panes that have fallen from buildings
  • Waterproofing failure after five years
  • Concrete cancer
  • Ground movement causing severe structural damage
  • Corrosion and rust
  • Mould and leaks
  • Flaking paint
  • Rotting timber
  • Unsafe stairs

It seems the preference for the Gold Coast is to build upwards instead of outwards with sprawling housing estates. Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate is quoted saying, “I’m still favouring that we go upwards instead of spreading right out.”

With a focus on high-rise living, a building and pest inspection on the Gold Coast is as important as ever given the history of high rise developments, new and old. To have the same mindset towards houses is not a bad idea. Let’s face it; when there’s a push to build houses to meet the current demand, developers can cut corners. We highly recommend a new home or pre purchase building inspection on Gold Coast properties can identify these defects to help you decide what to do next.

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Building Inspector Gold Coast

Whichever property type you’re looking to buy, build or renovate, we have the proper inspection for it. We are a fully licensed and insured inspection service as well as a licensed builder. We understand that you want to make an informed decision as quickly as possible when purchasing a property which is why we ensure you have received your easy to understand, detailed report within 24 hours. Click each service for more details.

There’s no doubt that the Gold Coast has an idyllic lifestyle; that’s why so many people love living and working here. But don’t let the sunshine and beaches have you overlook the very thing that could take this lifestyle away – a property that will end up causing you pain and money. Invest in a Gold Coast Building Inspector for peace of mind and read our blog ’10 Critical Questions To Ask Your Building Inspector’ before you do.

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