Renovating a home in Singapore costs more than double than what it would in Australia.
Singaporeans spent S$50,000 on average to give a four-room HDB flat (about 1,000 sq ft, in size) a complete home renovation. Over in Sydney, the cost to remodel a home of the same floor space is under S$20,000, according to estimates by tradesmen services there.
Basic renovation work – which entails hacking, electrical/plumbing infrastructure, basic flooring and carpentry – accounts for about S$25,000-S$30,000, according to contractors we spoke with.
Budget bathroom and electrical fittings, lighting, appliances and furnishings account for the rest of the estimate of renovations carried out over the past year.
You can get the basic reno work done for S$20,000 or less with a package – we’ve compiled a list of some of the most reasonable deals on the market currently.
You could also keep an eye out for interior designers’ ads or hit the trade fairs. The year-end My Home renovation and furniture expo is one of the biggest; check the Singapore Expo’s event calendar for other trade fairs, and mark them down.
Packages, naturally, come bundled with interior design services, but you could possible to find one with minimal ID commitments. Shop around the expos, negotiate, and be decent about it.
You’ll also find more on saving more on your fittings, appliances and furniture in our next section.