The ABCs of Renovation: Singapore Edition

The car pulls up the driveway, the fluttering of footsteps quickens and the doorbell rings expectantly. You straighten your shirt and with hurried steps, you open the door to greet your waiting guests.

With big smiles they step in, and their eyes dance discreetly checking out your house, hoping you didn’t notice that. But you did. Your heart races and you secretly pray under your skin that the $50,000 renovation cost in Singapore has just blown your guests off their socks.

The need to impress is a feeling we are all too familiar with. Admitting it is unthinkable, while denying it would be obviously silly. Hey relax, we have all been there. After all, you wouldn’t be spending $50,000 renovating your house just to impress your hamster and goldfish. Would you?

Renovation in Singapore Doesn't Have To Be Expensive

Alright, nuff’ said. Let’s get to work. Time to roll up those sleeves, get the yellow measuring tape and whip out that chunky grey calculator, and seat them together with your wife and kids. Renovation is a big ticket item, especially here in Singapore, where it’s arguably the 5th most expensive city in the world.

Unless you have deep bottomless pockets, it would be wise to cut corners, especially when you are on a shoestring budget. Do your homework. Get the quotations. And first-hand testimonies too, as I would often advise my friends. This helps you to better make up your mind, and save you unnecessary miseries.

Renovation In Progress Measurement
Grey Wall Brick Under Renovation Singapore

So, Where Do We Start?

Measurements:

Nothing can be more important. Or costlier. Underdo it, and you will be in for a rude shock. Overdo it, you will be wasting money. If it means measuring twice (or thrice even), then do it. Get help if you must.

The Interior Designer:

An interior designer worth its salt uplifts with interior design inspiration, encourages with realistic advice and of course helps you see the picture (literally) when you can’t. Always insist on a 3D mockup. Never underestimate this guy. He is the bedrock of your renovation. Make or break, he’s the man.

The contractor:

“I want the cheapest renovation contractor in Singapore”, you yell silently. Well, the cheapest contractor may not always be the best choice. Sometimes you get em’ cheap and good, but most of the time you don’t. There’s a reason why some cost less. And vice versa.

 

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renovation

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