How long will renovation take?

When you engage Style Rider, all planning and resources will be done and agreed upon before work is started. Upon the approval of paper works, your renovation should take a maximum of one month, provided there are no additional changes.

Renovating your new house has many benefits, most significant of which is that it allows you to customize your space in a way that makes it more enjoyable and useful to you.

Transform a spare bedroom into a walk-in closet; tear down that wall and build that dream open-concept kitchen; go all-out and turn your living room into a home theatre; or build that hobby-room-slash-studio you’ve always wanted. When a space is catered specifically to your needs and your lifestyle, it’s one step closer to becoming your home.

So now that you’ve set your budget, chosen your ID firm, gotten your design concept down, and selected all your tiles and paint swatches, how much time do you need to set aside for the actual renovation process?

Here are some of the main factors that will affect your renovation timeline.


Type of Property

The most popular and common housing in Singapore is the Housing Development Board (HDB) properties. The Build-To-Order (BTO) flats by HDB are usually the most straightforward in the sense that they’re like painting on a blank canvas – there’s no need to strip any existing installations so work can start almost immediately. Applying for any necessary HDB renovation permits are also pretty standard, and HDB-approved contractors would already be familiar with the process, so that streamlines things.

On the other hand, renovation permits for private properties like condos are overseen and approved by their respective Management Corporation Strata Titles (MCSTs). Some managements are stricter with their regulations, or may have a different set of processes and paperwork to be filled. Depending on how quickly you get these permits approved, your timeline may be affected.

Extent of Renovation

It seems a no-brainer that the more you want done, the more time you should set aside. However, some homeowners still have unrealistic expectations about how much time is really required.

In reality, a complete overhaul takes around 8 to 10 weeks, depending on how much wet works are required. Wet works include any hacking, tiling, and masonry work. Smaller-scale projects may take between six to eight weeks.

Unforeseen Circumstances

The most common wrench that’s thrown in the works of any renovation process is the dreaded “unforeseen circumstances” but how you deal with them goes a long way to keeping your timeline as close to the original as possible.

An inevitable fact with resale flats or condos is that with age comes deterioration. Audrey shared an anecdote about an incident where the contractor only realised after they had started work on the ceiling that the main water pipes were badly corroded. They advised the homeowners and gave them options – fix them and take a chunk out of your budget for other things, or leave them and risk them bursting any time. As the client made a quick decision, it only took an extra couple of days to fix the issue and everything could proceed on schedule.


It’s understandable that you might want to make changes – perhaps that colour you liked as a paint chip looks different once it’s been magnified onto your wall, or you realised that the bedroom looks too cramped with that built-in cupboard. Whatever the case, changes take time and money.

One of the most time-consuming changes is with custom carpentry. It takes about three weeks to complete a custom carpentry job. Depending on how far along the project is at the point of change, you should be prepared to extend your timeline by another 2 weeks.

Renovation Period

Festive periods are some of the worst times to have your renovations scheduled. This is especially the case in Singapore, when most contractors close for extended periods during Chinese New Year and Hari Raya. Even if they do work through the holidays, their workers will be stretched thin, which means slower progress for you. Be prepared to add up to another two weeks to your timeline if your renovations are scheduled too close to festive periods.

Other important considerations

From the first consultation with an ID to the final handover, four months is a comfortable and realistic time frame. This gives enough time for you to pick all the little details like lighting, tiles, custom counter-tops, and all the other finishing that will make your home yours.

Timelines are never straightforward. Multiple works can occur concurrently, or one job can be broken up into separate phases, so it’s never as simple as moving from A to B to C. While there are many permutations to a renovation timeline, the key is to always plan ahead and provide buffer for any last-minute changes, unforeseen circumstances, or delays.