Whether it’s renovating a new HDB flat, resale flat, or condominium, renovating can be as rewarding as it is miserable. Before starting your renovation, here are 5 simple tips you need to know about home renovation in Singapore to make your renovation journey a pleasant one.
5 Renovation Tips in Singapore
Number 1: BUDGET
Budget Considering setting a renovation plan that fits your budget and then stick to it. Do expect to overspend by 10 to 20 percent more than your original budget. Additional and unexpected problems may crop up and the cost of these will all add up. Hiring an interior designer is the best way to get the look you want within your budget because they have tons of experience and they can help you highlight features that you should spend less on. Always refer back to your renovation plan especially when you are considering getting that expensive standalone bathtub!
Number 2: Follow Trends Blindly
Trends Have you ever picked up a decor magazine and said, “I want my house to look just like this.” While it might seem like a good idea to pull pictures for inspirations, one must know that you are renovating a house that is ultimately to accommodate yourselves or your guests instead of just being visually attractive.
Here are some questions you need to ask yourselves before proceeding with a trend: “Will this trend be outdated in 3 years time?” “Will the structures and furnitures from this trend be a hassle to my everyday activities?” “Are those trendy furniture expensive and are they difficult to find locally?” In conclusion, you want a design that can also be easily transit to another decor without a major revamp.
Number 3: Being Realistic
Practicality Ultimately, a home is meant to accommodate its occupants so as to dramatically improve the quality of their lives over a long period of time. Hence it is important to pick furnitures and features that are practical, lasting and able to withstand external and internal complications. For example, high humidity and temperature in Singapore can cause hardwood flooring to be susceptible to warping. Wallpaper is not advisable as well as it is a hassle to replace, and is prone to discolouration and peeling due to Singapore’s tropical climate. It is also advised to not to put in too much focus on renovating your children’s room as they will soon outgrow their room and the decor no longer match their ages.
Number 4: HDB Rules
Rules and Regulations Before starting up renovations and repairs for HDB flats, you will need the necessary permits.
For condominiums, each building has its own set of renovation rules and regulations. So do some research before you get into trouble for hacking away a pillar that is crucial to the structural integrity of the building. And always remember not to let this one time event cause rifts between you and your neighbours.
Number 5: Trust
Reliability Let’s be honest. Renovating your house can be very stressful. That’s why you should find the right people to work with. You might want to engage HDB-registered renovation interior designers as they are the only ones that are approved by HDB to work on your flat. Remember to always hire IDs from accredited companies as there are cases of rogue designers and firms.
With all these in mind, we hope that our 5 simple tips can ease you towards a smooth renovation journey.
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