How To Achieve More On A Tight Renovation Budget

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The Scenario:

You are a first time homeowner who is excited for the biggest purchase of your life— a flat. However, you can’t help but feel the pinch, having spent quite a hefty sum on your wedding, honeymoon and engagement rings although your home is financed through CPF.

When your house key is ready for collection, how much should you be spending on renovation, especially if you’re on a budget? Here are some questions to help you get started.

Are you planning for a short or long term stay in the flat?

We recommend renovating a home that suit your needs for a period of five years. This is due to the fact that in five years, many changes could take place. In many instances, homeowners would either upgrade to a bigger place to accommodate their kids, or renovate their home to correct past renovation mistakes because they now know what they want.

How much should you spend on renovation?

  • BTO/EC: A general budget of $20,000 to 50,000 for a new place
  • Resale: Renovation will generally cost about $50,000 for a total re-haul

With those questions answered, can you really renovate a home on a tight budget? You sure can, and these gorgeous homes prove it.

(Disclaimer: Renovation budget figures are an estimate based on the data collected.)

1. Keep Carpentry Simple

Unless you’re willing to splurge on fanciful carpentry, going for simplicity will still give you something lovely and comfortable like this Edgefield Plains apartment. It has a clean and functional design that will never fall out of style, and costs under $30,000.

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Interior Designer: Imagine by SK66
Location: Edgefield Plains
Cost of renovation: $29,000

2. Consider Overlaying Instead Of Hacking

Hacking comes at an additional cost, so if you really want to stretch that dollar, why not consider overlaying instead? Laminate and vinyl floorings look great too, and they are generally less costly than parquet or tiled floors.

Interior Designer: AD. I. WRKS
Location: Anchorvale Crescent
Cost of renovation: $30,000

3. Play With Interesting Furniture Pieces And Home Décor Accents

We know that feature walls are all the rage these days, but they can get pretty expensive. Save money on those by going for interesting furnishings such as recycled timber pieces. Online shopping is another great avenue for getting home décor accents, especially when websites offer free shipping or major discounts on big name furniture brands.

Interior Designer: OMUS Living
Location: Senja Road
Cost of renovation: $18,000

4. Low Cost Bare Minimalism

If you can keep the furnishings to a minimum, it means that you get to spend less on them. This Woodlands maisonette achieves that clutter-free look with its bare amount of furnishings. The best part is cleaning this home will be a breeze as there is less furniture and clutter that get in the way.

Interior Designer: Voila
Location: Woodlands
Cost of renovation: $30,000

5. Go For Themes That Can Be Easily Executed

When we say theme, we don’t mean that it has to be strictly industrial or Scandinavian. Try using colours in your home that bring out your personality. Or you could consider going for a monochromatic theme, geometric theme, or simply anything that you wish! Exercise that creativity of yours to make a home that you love.

Interior Designer: Versaform
Location: Casero @ Dunman
Cost of renovation: $30,000

*Note that furnishing and appliances cost are generally not included in the renovation costings.

Looking to sell your property?

Whether your HDB apartment is reaching the end of its Minimum Occupation Period (MOP) or your condo has crossed its Seller Stamp Duty (SSD) window, it is always good to know how much you can potentially gain if you were to list and sell your property. Not only that, you’ll also need to know whether your gains would allow you to right-size to the dream home in the neighbourhood you and your family have been eyeing.

One easy way is to send us a request for a credible and trusted property consultant to reach out to you.

Alternatively, you can jump onto’s Property Value Tool to get an estimate for free.

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