The different things to take note of during renovation

What to expect in a renovation for a resale flat in Singapore

Buying a new house for the first time is an exciting thing. However, most first-time house owners are generally clueless about how the renovation process works for resale flats. Here’s a common generic flow on how usually renovation takes place for revamping of a resale flat.


First of all, demolition works will take place. demolition work consists of completely or partly dismantling structures using pre-planned and controlled methods. This often combines the structural demolition of load bearing elements with the stripping of internal fixtures and fittings, services and non‐load bearing elements.

Foundation Works

Next up, window works will happen if a change of window is necessary. This should happen before tiling starts. The next step in the renovation process is electrical works where your contractor or an electrician will come and wire your entire house and make sure the electricity is working fine. Plumbing work should happen after electrical work has been completed as water pipes must run below electrical casings to prevent any water leakage which will potentially cause a fire hazard.

This is followed by the running of gas pipes. This is to ensure that you have an option for heating, hot water and cooking. Gas pipe installation will take place only if the unit itself is eligible for gas pipe installation by City Gas. So before you do your renovation, do give City Gas a call to check if your renovating unit is eligible for this service!

One optional option for you to consider will be the plastering work. Plaster gives your walls a smooth finish, thus the newly painted coats in your home upon handover will be in a smooth finish with the edges of the walls straightened. If you choose not to go for this option save some costs, the wall condition of your current interior may be having lines and patches left from the painters engaged by the previous owner.

Next in the process will be ceiling work. The walls and ceilings of a house are some of its most important structural elements, but also offer considerable scope for creativity. There is a variety of ways that ceilings and walls may be finished, and there are different combinations of materials that can be used to achieve these finishes. A false drop-down ceiling with lighting installed inside can also be constructed according to your personal preference.

Post Foundation Works and Designs

Tiling work is the next upcoming work after ceiling work. Tiles can be used to form the wall and floor coverings and can range from simple square tiles to complex designs or mosaics. Tiles are usually made of ceramic, typically glazed for internal uses and unglazed for floorings. Thinner tiles can be used on walls rather than on floors, as our floors require more durable surfaces that will resist impacts.

Painting work of the walls should happen after tiling work has finished and carpentry work should follow after. This includes installing any built-in cabinets, platforms, shelves, drawers or wardrobes into the rooms. Next in line in the renovation process, countertop work will take place. You can customise your countertops with popular options like granite, marble, laminate, quartz and even solid surfaces. For those who are keen to keep your stove area easier to maintain, a designed glass backing will be installed after the countertop work has been completed. We would also prefer the last step to the renovation process to be the door work, so as to prevent any unnecessary scratches made to the new fabrication.

After all the steps in the entire renovation process are done, the last step you should undertake would be to clean your new house as it will be filled with wood chips from the carpentry, dust and other particles that could possibly be bad for your health.  After that is done, you are ready to enjoy the new place you now call your home.


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