Estimated Renovation Costs in Singapore.

When it comes to renovating your new home, the first thing that comes to mind is the design and style you are looking for. After all, where you live is where you spend the most of your time besides your work place. The next thought that usually follows would be the cost of renovation in Singapore. Whether it is an HDB flat, condominium or landed property, the cost of a property in Singapore does not come cheap. It is probably the most expensive item on the list for a Singaporean. Therefore, it is necessary to consider the cost of renovation carefully.Singapore Renovation

Things to Consider for home renovation

  • Type of property purchased
    • Brand new flat
    • Resale flat

If it is a resale HDB flat, you have to consider the age and condition of the property.

The cost would be lower for a brand-new property as there won’t be much hacking or masonry work to worry about.

Besides the age and condition of the property, you also need to consider the design and feel you are looking for, the types of materials you want to use for the flooring, doors and furniture, and the ID/contractor firm you feel comfortable with.  All of these factors contribute to varying costs for the home renovation.

Renovation works that add to costs

Some renovation works come with a hefty cost. They include masonry, hacking and carpentry work. While most are familiar with plumbing, electrical and painting works, what may be missed out is the importance of hacking and masonry works especially when it comes to purchasing a resale property.

Masonry includes any type of work involving cement such as

  • shower kerbs
  • floors
  • walls
  • Cabinet bases.

Hacking work includes

  • Removal of any old floor and or wall tiles
  • Removal of existing built-in furniture
  • Removal of other items fixed to the wall or the floor.

Carpentry can also add to the costs of renovation.

  • Such as customising bookshelves, cabinets, wardrobes, kitchen cabinets and so on.

In short, the more changes you would like to make in your new home, particularly a resale property, the more carefully you have to consider what you want and if it fits into your renovation budget.

Estimated Renovation Cost for New HDB Homes

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Estimated Renovation Cost for Resale HDB Homes

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From the above statistics, you can expect to pay more for renovation when your property is larger. Especially for resale flats, more works needed to be done and therefore you can expect to spend more.

An Estimated Cost Break-down for a 4-room Resale HDB Renovation

Living/Dining Room Area

Reno WorkLightModerateExtensive
Hacking$100 – $400$400 – $700$700 – $3900

Kitchen Area

Reno WorkLightModerateExtensive
Hacking$100 – $500$500 – $900$900 – $3200

Bathroom Area

Reno WorkLightModerateExtensive
Hacking$100 – $500$500 – $1000$1000 – $6800

Bedroom Area

Reno WorkLightModerateExtensive
Hacking$100 – $600$600 – $1000$1000 – $5200

Here are the breakdown of the different renovation cost to expect for your home. However, do bear in mind that this is only a rough estimate as it still depends on what you wish to do to your home.

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