With a typical HDB flat in Singapore costing tens of thousands of dollars to renovate, you’re sure to feel a pinch on your wallets. Because of this, you may be willing to get the most affordable renovation packages for HDB available – but is it worth it? In this article, we weigh in on how you can get your money’s worth
Know what goes into renovation costs.
Typically, most of the money goes into flooring and tiling, carpentry, hacking of walls, paintwork, furniture, appliances, and of course, your interior designer’s services, as well as costs for unexpected events that may arise. With all these in mind, you can set your budget by categorising your needs and wants, based on the level of importance.
Think for the long term.
While it’s good to have a hold on your purse-strings and not go overboard with spending on building your dream home, you need to think of the long run – the lifespan of fixtures and products, maintenance, quality etc. Take a good kitchen tabletop, for example. Being used frequently, it will be prone to wear and tear. By investing in a high quality one, you’ll be saving on costs because you don’t have to spend money on buying a new one and hiring professionals to get it fixed. Plus, you’ll be saving time and trouble too – and those, as we know, are priceless.
Always remember: Good things don’t come cheap, and vice-versa.
Some things come cheap, but as they say, “you pay for what you get”. It would be good to spend a bit more on something that is reliable, as opposed to something that is cheap but unsafe. Some people get a kick out of buying cheap items (or even knock-offs), then realise that that compromised quality comes along with lots of problems later. That being said you don’t have to buy the most expensive thing on the market – just do some research to validate reliability before making your purchase.
Set a budget, and stick to it.
Whether you’re living in an HDB flat, condominium, landed property or want to refurbish a commercial space – anything is possible, as long as you’re spending within your means, that is. Interior designers are extremely savvy these days. By simply providing them with general renovation information ( RENODOTS ) such as your property type, new/resale status, area, and budget ballpark, you can get FREE and non-obligatory estimates on their renovation packages.
It’s ok if you can’t afford everything you want at the moment – at least you have the foundations of your dream house going. Interior designers can work wonders, let them know your budget, and they’ll give you the best for your money. During the planning process, do let your designer know if you have the intention of revitalising your home even more with time. In this way, they’ll design your home, while making accommodations for future improvement works.