If you’re just about to get started with renovating your condo or planning to get a new unit, you might be wondering how much the entire renovation would come up to. There are a couple of factors that would determine the eventual sum, so read on to find out!
Age and condition
The age and condition of the unit you are looking at play a bigger role in determining the eventual cost than people might realize at first. New condominium units usually come with fitted bathrooms and kitchens, which would save you a considerable sum if you choose to stay with the current furnishings. For older units, be open to the idea of tearing down everything and rebuilding, even structural works like plumbing and wiring. This is for two purposes: hygiene and convenience. Over the years, dirt may have built up and things might have gotten worn down, if you’re already planning to renovate, you could do it all at once and spare yourself the hassle of having to arrange for repair works in the coming years. Be prepared that the renovation of condos is usually more expensive than HDBs due to their configurations. On average, a resale condo could cost about $15,000 more to renovate than a resale HDB, and a new condo could cost about $5,000 less than a BTO to renovate!
It makes perfect sense that the larger your house is, the more you will have to pay for the renovation. The sum could be anywhere between $30,000 to $70,000, depending on your unit size.
What you are renovating
Another factor would be the kind of work you want to be done to your unit. More extensive works include hacking, masonry, carpentry, and plumbing. To gain approval to hack down walls or rebuild them, approval is required from the condo’s MCST, and the endorsement from a professional engineer. These usually add several hundred to the cost on top of the labour price, which is dependent on the thickness and size of the walls that you are working on.
On top of that, clearing and hauling debris are separate costs that you will need to factor in. Masonry would also be dependent on the size of the area you are working on, usually floors, but includes additional factors such as tiling, flooring, and wet work. This explains why renovating bigger units come up to so much due to all the labour involved to cover the surface area.
The type and quality of the materials are some of the biggest determiners of the eventual amount you’ll have to foot. However, material is usually determined primarily by your taste for aesthetics and lifestyle. Laminate and vinyl flooring are the most pocket-friendly, while marble, parquet, and hardwood would really take a chunk out of your bank account. While considering this, do understand that you would not want to compromise on quality of flooring as it is an often-used surface area and is much more important than you might think. Furthermore, eventually having to redo tiling and flooring would be a huge nightmare. Consider your lifestyle and your needs before deciding on an option
Area of the house
To give you tangible numbers according to the rooms of the house, renovating a living room can come up to anywhere between SGD 2,100 - SGD 7,900. This depends on all the factors mentioned above, but since this is the part of the home that greets people once they step into the house, you want to be sure to do a good and thorough job on this. Sometimes people prefer to have built-in carpentry such as TV consoles or display shelves, and this could contribute to the costs of the renovation as well.
For kitchens, those who cook frequently would probably also have to pay more for renovation, however, this is definitely worth it in the long run. They could be looking at sums that even go up to SGD 23,000, while the lower end of the spectrum could only be at SGD 9,000. With proper planning, even a small kitchen can be done to incorporate features that are space-saving; with built-in cabinets that make use of every nook and cranny, and with good lighting and pretty tiles to give a cozier look.
For bedrooms, the bulk of everyone’s spending will come from here. Renovating bedrooms could cost anywhere between SGD 11,500 - SGD 44,600. People who want to customize their rooms to fit their aesthetic and accommodate their lifestyle will most likely have to pay a pretty penny in order to achieve that ideal state. However, if this is the place you want to come home to rest and recharge after a long stressful day, you could say that the price would be worth it. Different beds, wardrobes, platforms, and cabinets would require different forms of hacking, masonry and carpentry. Modern bedrooms are now starting to see a rise in partitions and different lighting and ceiling, and these fixtures would all contribute to the eventual price
For bathrooms, these would usually cost less due to them taking less floor space and having more standard fixtures. However, unique vanities and added storage would probably be the differentiating factor for the cost.
In summary, to gain an exact figure of the cost you’d most likely have to fork, it would be wisest for you to get a quotation from a renovating company. Many factors contribute to the eventual sum, but it mostly depends on your aesthetic taste, willingness or unwillingness to compromise, and your needs and lifestyle.
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