A Detailed home renovation guide for each step

April 1st 2021

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again – home renovations are stressful! We always want it to be just perfect, yet we’re bombarded with plenty of horror stories of bursting the budget, poor craftsmanship, and plenty of other things that could go wrong. And to top it off, there’s so much information (and misinformation) available out there that it’s difficult to know where to begin! Well, as the old saying goes, “knowledge is power”. And that’s why today, we’re here to give you a better idea of what to expect in home renovations and introduce you to some Renodots resources that you might find helpful in your home renovation journey. Check out the comprehensive home renovation guide below.

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What’s the process of a home renovation?

After buying a house, home renovations in Singapore generally happen in 2 stages: planning and execution.

Home renovation planning stage

  • Budgeting
  • Choosing an ID or contractor
  • Deciding what you want in your home

See also: points to note before renovation and 5 top things to consider before renovating your home

Home renovation execution stage

  • Funding the home renovation
  • Floors and security
  • Interior design styles
  • Colour schemes
  • Lights

Each of these needs careful consideration for you to work towards getting your dream house. If you want a description of what happens in each stage, you might want to check out the Renodots comprehensive home renovation guide for 2021. But if you’re wondering why they’re important and looking for detailed resources to help you with each stage of the process, keep right on reading this page.

Home renovation planning stage: Budgeting

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When you’re planning a renovation, nothing is more important than your budget. Figure out what you can afford to renovate by:

Of course, once you have your rough estimated cost, you also want to make sure you can set aside an additional 30% for allowance. Because in home renovations, breaking the budget is more common than you think. Click here to see other steps you can take to prepare yourself for potential problems in a home renovation!

Home renovation planning stage: Choosing an Interior Designer (ID) or contractor

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Depending on how extensive your home renovation is, you’ll need to choose between an ID or a contractor. Whichever you hire can significantly affect your estimated cost, workload, and process. If you’re undecided on which is best for you, you might find these two articles helpful:

Once you’ve decided on either an ID or contractor, you’ll want to know how to pick the best one for yourself. In either case, your ID/contractor will need to fit a specific set of criteria, especially if you’re renovating a HDB property. There are also some additional steps you can take to screen contractors before you hire them.

If you decide on an ID, you’re in luck! You can check out our series on the best Singapore interior designers located in the East, West and North-East.

But if you want something a little more personalised, feel free to submit your renovation requirements with us here, and we’ll match you to 4-5 great IDs in Singapore, completely free! Alternatively, you can also check out our article on things to look out for in an ID.

Home renovation planning stage: Deciding what you want in your home

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In a renovation, it’s always good to have a clear idea of what you want. Try making a list of “must-haves” to show your ID or contractor, so they’ll know what’s most important to you. Some of the most important “must-haves” to think about:

Home renovation execution stage: Funding

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No need to explain why this is important. As mentioned earlier, you might want to apply for a renovation loan to finance your renovation, either partially or fully. But if you’re looking to cut some costs at this stage, check out 7 Ways To Save Money On Renovation. Some interior design firms also offer renovation packages you might be interested in – simply submit your inquiries with us here for some options!

Home renovation execution stage: Floors and security

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Now that the major planning stuff are out of the way, it’s time to go into planning the finishing touches of your home renovation, starting with the basics! Now, for new HDB flats, the floor finishes will already be done, and you can’t replace them for about 3 years. That doesn’t mean you can’t still change the flooring, though! You can still lay a new flooring over the existing one. Check out different types of flooring to help you make your decision!

Where security is concerned, there’s a new trend hitting the market these days – digital locks! It’s easy to see why: there’s no need to bring a key with you! There are many options out there – access code locks, fingerprint locks, face recognition locks, phone app locks, and so on – but to start, check out these 5 digital locks that might interest you.

Home renovation execution stage: Interior Design Styles

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And now, it’s finally time to pick a visual theme for your home. Having a style of interior design is important because it gives your home a sense of continuity from room to room. But besides the added visual appeal of interior design, each unique style also has a set of signature elements to help you manage your space in a different way. Interior design can impact functionality, space optimisation, style, flow, maintenance, and even safety (if you have young children). That’s why it’s important to familiarise yourself with the different interior design styles and what they could do for your home

Home renovation execution stage: Colour Schemes

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Closely tied with interior design are colour palettes for each room in your home. Colours can affect the entire mood of a room, especially the two major groups of warm and cool colours. Of course, these two groups of colours aren’t mutually exclusive, and you can always mix and match them in various colour schemes. Once you’ve chosen the base colour scheme for each room, it’s time to add in some colour accents to make your home stand out! Accents can come in many patterns and forms, but the important thing is to have fun with it, and make your home uniquely yours.

Home renovation execution stage: Lights

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Finally, it’s impossible to talk about interior design without talking about lights! Lights are a whole new dimension of design in your space. The amount of lighting you have in a room can draw attention to things, hide others, and greatly affect the atmosphere of a room. Like colours, lights can be divided into “warm” and “cool”, and each of these have a specific purpose and effect. Once you’ve decided on that, you can also decide how you want your chosen lights to shine. Check out the different kinds of lights and their uses here!

A parting note …

We’ve talked a lot about different aspects of interior design, and hopefully our home renovation guide can help you along the process if you decide to do it yourself! That said, it does take a lot to get each aspect exactly right for your home. So if you’d like a little extra help, don’t forget to click here to submit your renovation enquiry so Renodots can match you to some great IDs!