Renovation Guide Singapore

 

1. Set a budget and add 20% to it to give yourself flexibility

Think through about the renovation budget that you have. Add 20% to it to give your renovation budget room for flexibility. This will be your maximum that you are willing to spend with your renovation contractor. Of course, the budget should be realistic based on what you are looking for.

 

2. Speak to at least two contractors and find someone whom you are comfortable with

Since your reno contractor will be making changes to your home that will last you for years to come, you should scout for at least two contractors. The lower cost contractor does not mean that it will better. You must find a contractor whom you will be comfortable with so that you can express your preferences openly.

 

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3. Your contractor should be responding to you within a reasonable time frame

2 working days is a reasonable time frame for initial contact. This will mean that your contractor is responsive. If he doesn’t respond to you within 2 days, how fast do you think he will reply while carrying out the renovation works for you?

 

4. Have an agreement with your Renovation Contractor on the estimated time frame required to complete the said works

Imagine yourself in your newly renovation place. Is the sink close enough to the garbage section so that you can throw your rubbish easily. Visualize your new home and whether your design will be functional.

 

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5. Have a thorough discussion with your renovation contractor before deciding on your design (which may not necessarily be functional)

Imagine yourself in your newly renovation place. Is the sink close enough to the garbage section so that you can throw your rubbish easily. Visualize your new home and whether your design will be functional.

 

6. Place sufficient power outlets around your house

Technology is everywhere. The number of gadgets you own is a good indication on the number of power outlets you require, and add more outlets around to make it as convenient as possible for you in the future.

 

7. Documentation, conduct site visits and rectifications, check workmanship

Document all design and renovation requirements in black and white so that you always have the paper to fall back on.  During renovation, pay site visits so that you can rectify errors immediately. To conclude the renovation, check on workmanship, quality and ergonomics. Sound out everything before the final handover.