“Want to plan your renovation but have no idea of what kind of costs or budget to renovate my house?” This is a common question, especially for new homeowners or those undergoing first-time renovations. It definitely makes sense to know how much the various works can cost, so you can plan according to your budget. Here are a indicative price guide with estimated costs of the various renovation works for you.
- Floor finishes and tiling
There are many new designs for tiles out there, some even replicating the look of wood or stone. Different flooring materials have different costs, likewise the cost of labour is also different for different flooring materials. Total cost depends on size of area as well as type of flooring or tiles chosen.
Marble: $10 – 15 per square feet (psf)
Laminate: $3.50 – 4.50 psf
Vinyl: $6 – 7.50 psf
Ceramic or Homogenous tiles: $3 – 15 psf
Parquet: $7 – 14 psf (depends on short or long length strip)
Granite: $10 – 20 psf
Labour: $3 – 10 psf
- Hacking of Walls
Be it partial or full demolition, hacking of walls is common during renovation works. This could be to combine two rooms into one to create a larger space with an adjoining walk-in wardrobe, open up the space in an area or replace existing wall with other partition materials such as glass. Costs depend on the size, thickness and amount of hacking needed. Hacking of a single wall in a HDB flat or apartment costs between $400 and $900, depending on the length, thickness and the area to be removed.The quotation quote should include haulage and clearing of debris to approve site
- False Ceiling
False ceilings are a great way to elevate the overall look for your house and also conceal service lines and cables. Many homeowners use them in living rooms or bedrooms to install recessed lighting. Costs vary depending on area covered, however ultimately the cost depends on the design homeowners are looking for.
For HDB: (Height of 8.5 feet) False Ceiling: $4 – 10 psf
For Condo and Landed properties: (Height of more than 8.5 feet) False Ceiling: $6 – 12 psf
- Carpentry Work
Carpentry as a interior design is typically the first thing a person notices when they walk into your newly renovated home. From the kitchen to the bathroom and living and bedroom, carpentry is needed in every part of your house. The cost for carpentry depends on the materials used and the amount of workmanship required. A more customize design, with the use of more expensive materials for your countertop at the kitchen or bathroom, such as granite instead of solid surface are more likely double the cost.
Living Room Shoe cabinet: $250 – 350 per ft. run
TV console: $150 – 300 per ft. run
Settee with storage: $120 – 160 per ft. run
Display cabinet: $220 – 500 per ft. run
Kitchen Kitchen cabinet: $110 – 180 per ft. run
Kitchen top: $75 – 180 per ft. run
Bedroom Wardrobe: $200 – 350 per ft. run
Bed Frame: $700 – 2000 per set
Bedside table: $200 – 350 per set
Study Room Study table (with drawers): $150 – 300 per ft. run
Suspended table (without drawers): $90 – 150 per ft. run
Book cabinet: $220 – 500 per ft. run
Bathroom Vanity counter: $120 – 150 per ft. run
The colours, shades and style of painting you choose add character and bring your interior to life. Surface area and painting costs are directly proportional so the size of your home which will determine cost of painting. Costs may differ based on type of paint chosen .
HDB (3 Colours + White (Ceiling)): $1000 – 1700
Condo (3 Colours + White (Ceiling)): $1100 -1900
Landed properties (3500sf build-up) – $4000 – 6000
- Feature Wall
A feature wall acts as a highlight piece of art in a space of your home and is a great way to add another dimension to your interior., there are several materials like stone ,granite and timble laminate materials you can experiment with to create that eye-catching wall. Of course, costs depend on material chosen as well feature wall area.
Using Craft stone: $60 – 80 psf
Using Wood/Stone Looking Tiles: $15 – 30 psf
Using Solid Core Wood and High Quality Laminate: $20 – 40 psf
- Electrical Re-wiring
The electrical costs ultimately depends on the amount of work required in your house such as the number of power points, lighting points and cable points. Concealment of wires and plastering will also affect pricing for electrical work. Since prices differ from electrician to electrician, we have included a range of costs to allow more accurate budget planning.
13amp Power Point (single): $80 – 90 per point
15amp Power Point (double): $70 – 160 per point
Lighting Point: $45 – 70 per point
2-Way Switch: $100 – 150 per piece
Install Water Heater Point: $120 – 150 per point
Telephone Point: $80 – 140 per point
SCV Point: $130 – 180 per point
Installation of Lights: $8 – 20 per light
Installation of Pendant Lights: $15 – 30 per light
Installation of Ceiling Fan: $40 – 55 per fan *
*All prices indicated do not include concealment and plastering work
- Plumbing works
For bathroom renovation, plumbing is one of the prominent costs incurred. Our guide includes installation costs for bathroom fittings Price for bathroom products such as toilet bowl and basin depend on quality, size, type and brand.
Install Water Heater: $100 – 150
Install Toilet Bowl: $120 – 150
Install Wash Basin and Tap: $50 – 100
9 .By area If you haven’t yet determined to what extent you are renovating, a good estimate is to set aside at least $100 per sqf, area wise. The cost varies according to factors like your design, requirements and materials used. However, don’t forget the other components such as loose furniture, soft furnishings, lighting fixtures, window treatments, electrical appliances and sanitary ware and fittings. For landed properties like semidetached and bungalow house the cost can go up to $200 per psf
Do add 10 to 20 percent more to your original budget. Unexpected problems may crop up when you knock down a wall, lift the floorboard, or remove a ceiling
Don’t compromise the quality of material. If it’s dirt-cheap, chances are, it’s not of good quality, and will just give you more problems in the future
Factors to consider in choosing the correct contractors
Experience and track record
You need to work with a renovation and construction contractor that understands the intrinsic nature of renovation and construction business with a keeps up with changing times mindset. After all, you probably want your renovation and construction works to last for years and your professional renovation and construction contractor should have the capability to ensure it was done with the right preparation
Specialties of the contraction and renovation works
The contractor must be specialize in the area of the works which they going to execute .This can be landed properties construction and renovation works, office renovation, condominium flat renovation or industrial factory and warehouse building. By engaging a professional renovation and construction contractor which specialise in the work area ,you can be assure that the works execute will be done in a best workmanship , correct procedure to the works being done as well the quality of the material to be use is appropriate and suitable to the works to be done.
As in all other industries, a job that’s expertly executed produces positive buzz in your social circles. If you have any friends who have used of renovation and construction contractor services in the past, ask them to referral. I also strongly recommend talking only to renovation companies or individuals with referrals from a trusted source. Don’t just get anyone from the local paper, the yellow pages, a sales leaflet or a tradeshow. It is like going for a blind date. You never know who will show up. You really don’t want to deal with any surprise and disappointment.
Be clear and upfront about timing and the inflexibility of your budget
If you need the job finished by a certain time and cost, hold the contractors responsible to that and put everything in writing. The notes can serve as both a proof and a reminder for both parties. It will also come in handy next time when there is any argument on what has been agreed.