Newlyweds' Guide To Renovating A Home

Don’t be too stressed out starting up a new life in your new home.

Updated on May 05, 2019 21:05 pm

Luisa Wong

Newlyweds' Guide To Renovating A Home

Congratulations on your new beginning! After you’ve tied the knot, here you are, ready to start a new chapter in your life. One of the biggest decisions you’re going to face as newlyweds is renovating your new home. Customising it to make it YOUR space is something you’d want to pay more attention with. And while it can be a daunting journey—with numerous decisions to be made—we’re here to help you out and ensure that you’re not going to get cray-cray with everything that’s going on.

Here is a quick guide to renovating your home:

1. Choose your interior design theme.

Before you start with the renovation project, you must have an idea of how you want your home to look like. Start off by creating a mood board as well as looking and scouting for decorations that will suit you best. If you don’t have an idea on interior design styles, various home interior design sites—such as Cromly—can give you a mishmash of ideas and inspirations you can use for your home.

You don’t need to have a profound knowledge to start with. What you need to do is to take time exploring ideas so that you’ll know what is trendy and what is not, what suits your lifestyle best and what do not. With these insights, you’ll have a vision of what your dream home should look like.

2. Set your budget.

Renovations costs vary depending on the size that you want to renovate as well as the requirements. Before doing the actual project, set your budget limit so that you won’t break your bank while the renovation is underway. It is best to think through your renovation priorities in order to set an accurate and realistic budget.

3. Consider DIY projects.

If you want to cut down on your costs, you can consider doing DIY projects for your home—doing the painting jobs or installing kitchen hardware. There are also custom-made shelves in furniture stores and you can decorate your home by buying fixtures your own. All you need to do is to flex your creative muscles and roll up your sleeves to do the actual work.

4. Interior design vs contractor vs design and build

After carefully mapping out your requirements and priorities, now is the time to decide which kind of service you’ll get. It is important to note that contractors will simply work according to your plan, an interior designer will take charge of the project from conceptualisation to execution, and a design and build firm can conceptualise the plan and also carry out repairs in one package. Singapore has hundreds of contractors, interior designers, as well as design and build firms so take your time to ask for advice. Also, compare their quotations to ensure they fit within your budget.

5. Prepare all necessary documents.

Before you start hacking walls and repairing leaks, you need to get all the necessary approvals for your renovation. These include:

  • Housing & Development Board approval, which may be required for homeowners knocking down walls to create a bigger living space
  • Building and Construction Authority approval for major renovations of private properties
  • Management’s approval for those living in condominiums.

6. Set up basic utilities.

Contractors will be going in and out of your unit to do the work and the only thing you can do for them is to set up basic necessities such as water and electricity for their tools.

7. Monitor the progress.

Trusting your contractors or your interior designers is essential, but it is important to visit your home once a week to ensure that everything is going according to plan. Keep a list to monitor the progress of your home renovation and track the ongoing work.

8. Clean up.

As a final step after all the work is done, you need to clean up and dispose of all the renovation debris. It is also best to do chemical wash to ensure that everything is wiped off.

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