Guide to Home Renovation

Getting your house keys soon, but not sure where to even start? Here’s a basic guide to the renovation process and important things you should look out for. Now that you’ve got your Pinterest boards ready, how much should you budget for your dream home?


It really depends on the size of your house and how much work it needs, but renovation charges usually range from $50,000 to $80,000 for Resale flats, and between $30,000 to $50,000 for BTO flats.

Interior design fees are usually included in the budget, but some interior designers charge a design fee of about $3000 to $5000 (depending on the size of the house).


You’ve saved up enough money, but where do you start?


  1. Remember those Pinterest boards? Go back to them and decide on a design theme for your home. Need some inspiration? It’s also a good idea to save photos of specific concepts you like (i.e. a white brick wall in the kitchen), so you can show your interior designer the exact look you’re going for.
  2. Once you’re pretty much settled on a design theme, it’s time to look for interior designers. When looking for designers, do pay attention to the company’s resources that they are able to allocate to you. If you are meeting designers with no proper set-ups or he/she is providing unclear details when you question about the Company, then this person is a no-go.
  3. Finalise a list of at least 3 interior designer options at most, then meet with all of them to see which one will best suit your design theme and work style. Don’t forget to bring your floor plan along for the meeting. Budgets are for designers to work with, but of course if certain ideas require a higher cost, then it’s up to you to decide if you’re willing to increase your budget for this.
  4. Once you’ve settled on an interior design company, it’s time to get started on the renovation process. Always insist on documenting your design requirements in black and white, in case there are any misunderstandings along the way. Also, you might want to get the specific measurements for areas allocated to major furniture or appliances (i.e. fridge), so that you’ll have a better idea when shopping for your new home.
  5. Lastly, don’t forget to check the renovation site regularly so you can request for any issues to be rectified prior to handing over.