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Average Cost of Home Renovation in Singapore

If you are looking to remodel a home, what are the costs you can expect? Will the cost of a remodel also be sky high? For most consumers, there are two reasons they consider a home remodel in the first place:

  • They own a home and are looking to improve the quality and value.
  • They are interested in buying a depressed home, and want to know how much it will cost to renovate the property. If the renovation will be required, the renovation cost is effectively part of the purchase price from the buyer’s perspective.

Whichever situation you are in, it is a great starting point to understand the average cost of a home renovation within Singapore. Keep reading to find data on the average cost of a home remodel and some questions you should consider before getting started.

Average Cost of Home Renovation for a 4-room HDB Flat

We calculated the average cost of home renovation based on a 4-room HDB flat since it represents the biggest proportion of residences in Singapore (32% of all homes). According to research, the average cost of home renovation for a 4-room HDB resale flat is near to $55,000. This cost includes all of the raw material required and the labour needed to complete the project. In general, there are seven major components you will need to pay for

Remodelling AreaAverage CostNote
DemolitionS$3000-$5000This is based on removing loads of existing built-in items
PlumbingS$800-900S$250-S$400 per bathroom & kitchen
ElectricalS$2,000-$3500If you’re keen to do up many power supplies at each area, you should be looking at a higher cost
Flooring and TilingS$8000-$20000S$8,000-S$20,000 depending on the tiles design you are choosing, also based on the method of laying
Plastering Works$2000 -$3000Depending on the condition of the interior unit
PaintS$1,400Depending on the amount of colors you choose to use, and also if you were to work on any fancy designs on the walls
Carpentry WorkS$8000 – $20000If you’re looking at alot of built-ins, then you should be looking at the higher cost
ApplianceS$7,500A/C, Washing Machines, etc.
TotalS$53,800

At any one of these seven steps, your choice of materials can decrease the cost of a remodel substantially. For instance, instead of opting for hacking of the living wall and bedroom floorings, you may opt to use vinyl flooring as an overlay option to save on the hacking cost. For instance, below is a table that shows the range of pricing for each flooring material options. When we are talking about 101-140 sq. meters of floor area, a difference of S$5-10 per square meter could be a huge difference.

 

Flooring MaterialLow End CostAverage CostHigh End Cost
MarbleS$15 per square footS$12.5 per square footS$20 per square foot
GraniteS$18 per square footS$15 per square footS$30 per square foot
ParquetS$12 per square footS$10.5 per square footS$18 per square foot
LaminateS$4 per square footS$3.50 per square footS$8 per square foot
VinylS$5 per square footS$6.40 per square footS$7.50 per square foot
Ceramic/TilesS$3.20 per square footS$8 per square footS$15 per square foot
Installation LabourS$4 per square footS$6 per square footS$9 per square foot

 

If money is an issue, consider the raw material at every step of the process and see if cheaper solutions exist. On top of this raw material cost, completing a portion of the work yourself can be a great way to save on labour.

 

Average Cost of Home Renovation Depending on Style

 

Although the average cost of renovating a home is around S$55,000, this cost could actually vary heavily depending on how you redesign your residence. There are largely 9 different style categories that people choose in Singapore. Below, we feature the average cost of home renovation using a HDB resale 4-room flat type to display each design’s costings.

StyleAverage Cost
ContemporaryS$82,000
ModernS$50,000
TraditionalS$71,000
TransitionalS$52,000
RetroS$60,000
VintageS$62,000
ScandinavianS$40,000
EclecticS$60,000
IndustrialS$55,000

Other than renovation costs, it is also advisable to factor in furniture so you will get an idea of how much is the total spending for your apartment. We hope this has been a great help to you, feel free to contact us if you have any queries.