Now that you’ve
collected the keys to your new home, it is time to undertake the next step of
achieving your dream home – renovation. Renovation may sound like a daunting
process to most of us, especially first-time homeowners.
However, do not let
that stop you from achieving your dream home. In fact, the renovation process
plays an integral part in determining how your dream home will turn out.
Fret not, we have come
up with a list of dos and don’ts that will help you simplify the renovation of
your new home.
Plan your budget
Planning your budget
should always be the first step in any renovation works that you do. Your
budget will determine what you can and cannot do.
You can plan your
budget by listing down the cost of every item that you plan to purchase for
your new home. As much as it is advisable to stick to your pre-planned budget,
unforeseen circumstances do occur from time to time.
Thus, try to be
flexible when it comes to planning your budget as you wouldn’t want to end up
with an incomplete toilet or kitchen.
Find out how much an
average renovation costs in Singapore by doing your research beforehand. This
will help you to plan your budget more efficiently as well.
If you are planning to
hire help from a professional, then you should check the online reviews and
portfolios of interior designers. It is easier to find your ideal interior
designer after doing your research.
interior designer is different and may not be suitable for you.
Plan your purchases
Comparing prices of
your purchases across different merchants in Singapore goes a long way in
maximising your savings. If the purchases are not urgent, you should wait for
specific sales periods during the year like the annual Great Singapore Sale,
Christmas, or Black Friday.
Purchasing your items
during these periods will be worth the wait especially as it allows you to keep
to your budget. The extra cost savings can then be used to purchase other items
that your budget did not allow previously.
Differentiate your needs and wants
This can be difficult
to do for most new homeowners as they are still fresh from the excitement of
building their new home. Due to them owning a house for the first time, it can
be tough for them to know what their new home truly needs. Thus, many of them
fall into the trap of buying everything that they think would look good in
their living room.
A useful tip for new
homeowners would be to only purchase items that will make your home functional.
Before buying anything, always ask yourself if it will serve some sort of
purpose in your new home.
If it does not, then
perhaps you shouldn’t be in such a hurry to bring it into your new home with
you. It would be wise to leave such items until you’ve moved in and settled
Don’t be afraid to do
things yourself. Although renovation sounds like a daunting task, you would be
surprised at the level of satisfaction you can get from performing the simpler
tasks by yourself.
For example, you can
always assemble your own furniture instead of hiring external assemblers to do
it for you. This not only gives you a sense of responsibility for the
renovation process of your new home, but it also helps you to save money. You
would be amazed by yourself after witnessing the transformation progress that
you played a part in.
However, do not get
overconfident and take over the entire renovation process yourself. There are
certain tasks that are better done by professionals such as the installation of
gas pipes or the constructing of your toilet. Attempting to do these tasks
yourself may have serious repercussions for the safety of your home.
Draw inspiration from others
There is a plethora of
online sites that contain various tips on renovation that can benefit you in
Singapore. You should check out these sites for inspiration and ideas on how
you would like your renovation of your new home to go. Going through such
websites will make it easier for you to visualise what you wish to achieve once
the renovation process is completed.
One such example would
be our article on the top
interior design ideas to style your home in Singapore.
Choose a practical theme
The theme of your new
home plays an important role in determining the cost of your renovation. A
minimalist theme will definitely be cheaper than a style that’s intended to
display a sense of opulence.
However, you shouldn’t
let the idea of cost savings interfere with your intended design of your home.
That being said, it doesn’t mean that you would have to compromise on style.
Most modern houses in
Singapore follow a minimalist theme and look equally stylish.
Refurbish and reuse when possible
If you are moving into
a second-hand home, take note of structural pieces that can be reused by you.
Some structural elements, such as the kitchen top, might still be functional
and in good condition.
Simply refurbish them
if needed and they can serve to benefit you in your new home. This simplifies
the renovation process as you do not have to demolish every single aspect of
Don’t use wallpapers
considerably more than painting and it requires a higher degree of maintenance.
Singapore’s humid weather accelerates the curling and discolouring process of
wallpapers. And if a small part of your wallpaper is damaged, you would have to
replace the entire wallpaper.
Whereas if you had
painted your wall instead, you can simply paint over the damaged spot. And
although painting is definitely a more manual job, it will be less of a trouble
for your new home in the long run.
Don’t be traditional
Usually, the cost of
your renovation increases with the degree of how traditional your new home is.
Contemporary themes are cheaper as they tend to be minimalist in nature. This
means that there will be less expenditure on furniture and a greater focus on
Not being traditional
also means that you don’t have to spend so much on decorating your new home.
usually follow the same theme throughout the house which would really make the
whole renovation process easier.
Don’t purchase unnecessary frills
This refers back to
the point about differentiating your needs and wants. Once you have decided on
the things that are essential for your new home, it is time to decide if the
rest would ever make it the list. There are certain things that you can live
without and have no place in your new home.
One such example would
be purchasing a carpet for your living room. Aside from aesthetic purposes,
carpets have absolutely no place in modern homes. Owning a carpet not only
requires constant maintenance, but it is also such a chore
to clean. It is better to live without such unnecessary frills in your new
After all, you
wouldn’t want to spend thousands of dollars on the renovation of your floor
only to cover it up with a carpet.
Here are a few
renovation ideas that you may consider.
Location: Punggol Waterway (HDB)
Cost of renovation: $25,000
2. It is not an easy to adopt a simple and
sleek décor with minimal use of colours, but you will be grateful that you did
once you lived there. The fuss-free and easy-to-clean interior would be a dream
home to some Singaporeans.
Location: Pasir Ris (HDB)
Cost of renovation: $26,500
3. Cream and blush-toned furnishings with
warm lightings – this place strikes a familiar chord with a luxury hotel suite
with a great view to boot.
4. To create more spaces for the small flat,
the designer erected a kitchen island that can double up as a food preparation
area and a bar counter. Narrow shelves and colourful accessories break up the
monotony of this partially industrial-styled home.
Location: Lor Limau (HDB)
Cost of renovation: $27,000
5. The grey and walnut brown palette turns
the room dark and moody. To prevent the room from looking boring, interesting
storage features were placed on the connecting walls for that modern-masculine
Location: Upper Serangoon (HDB)
Cost of renovation: $14,000
6. Love is in the air; evident from the
young couple’s home. Pops of blue and decors with an old-world charm break the
rustic furnishings that adorned this home.
Cost of renovation: $20,000
7. Using mirror panels to expand the spaces
of a narrow walkway is a clever idea. This 70sqm apartment connects spaces and
ditches bulky furniture for more floor space.
Location: Bedok Reservoir (HDB)
Cost of renovation: $20,000
8. This home is designed to take you places.
Document your love for travelling with a world map wall sticker, a ‘lawn’ to
gaze at the scenery, cook in a French-inspired kitchen or retreat back in the
Location: Yishun (HDB)
Cost of renovation: $25,000
At the end of the day,
it is always the safest to trust yourself in the renovation of your new home.
You are the only one who knows what’s best for your new home. Renovating is a
huge commitment and you should feel comfortable with every decision made along
Ultimately, you are
just as responsible for how the renovation process goes. Therefore, it is
important that you are sure on what you would like to achieve out of the
renovation for your new home.