So you’ve decided to move into a new HDB, or maybe it’s finally time to renovate your current home. Congrats on the decision! Renovation is always exciting; taking something pre-existing and making it feel like your own. You will need funding for this renovation. Most people get funding through the bank, but if you aren’t planning on staying in Singapore for long (relocation) or simply don’t want to take out loans (no loan sharks), here are 10 steps you can take to begin your renovation.
1. Start saving money now!
This should go without saying, but start putting aside whatever extra change you have left from going grocery shopping so that you have an adequate amount of funds for this renovation. You need to have money for materials, especially if you aren’t planning on using the equivalent of a Home Depot in Singapore, and you also need to have some extra cash just in case anything goes wrong during this renovation.
2. Measure your space
Your renovation will be so much more rewarding if everything fits perfectly within your new home or apartment! Take measurements of your current space and always keep them on hand so that when it comes time to shop around for different materials, you know exactly how much room you have to work with. Sometimes local stores can’t get supplies from other countries, or they don’t carry the same brand as before; remember your measurements at all times to make sure there are no issues.
3. Figure out what you want
Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like renovation is all about imagination. You could really use this opportunity to fix up your space the way you’ve always wanted it to be. Maybe you want a new kitchen counter because your current one isn’t in the best shape, or perhaps you’d like an extra window so that more natural light can come in. Whatever renovations you plan on making, do some research and see what kind of materials are available for these changes!
4. Research local stores
Renovation goes hand-in-hand with shopping for supplies; if you go into a store without knowing exactly what product will work best for what you need to change in your home, there is no way they’ll be able to help you. Take some time to make a list of the stores in your area and drive over; whether it’s two minutes down the street or forty-five minutes away, there’s no harm in driving around and shopping around.
5. Get building!
Once you’ve selected all of your materials and gotten them home, get started! Make sure that you’re wearing protective gear like gloves if need be; we wouldn’t want any accidents (like poisoning) to happen while working on our renovation projects. If it’s a bigger project like changing out the kitchen countertop, have an adult present with you for safety reasons. Once everything is exactly how you want it, take some time to admire your work moving on to the next item on your to-do list!
6. Be mindful of your spending
This is a simple tip that I think everyone should follow when it comes time for renovation: don’t go overboard with what you plan on purchasing. If you have an idea in mind and you find one way of going about it, do not change your mind just because of a better deal or more expensive product. You need to stick to the budget set out at the beginning so that everything within your space has a place; otherwise there will be chaos all over the place!
7. Do some research online
If you’re having trouble finding exactly what materials you want, try looking up DIY (Do It Yourself) tutorials on your topic of choices like countertops or flooring. You’d be surprised at how many helpful tips you can find on the internet to help you with your renovation.
8. Keep an open mind
The main idea behind this tip is that things don’t always go as planned or imagined, and if they do, it might not be for the best! If a certain countertop doesn’t fit, don’t keep trying to make it work because there’s bound to be another solution somewhere down the line.
9. Take lots of pictures
You never know when those photos will come in handy; maybe you want to re-do the project but with different materials or maybe you just want some inspiration for your next renovation project! Throughout all stages of this process take as many pictures as possible so that you have a backup just in case.
10. Have fun!
Renovation is supposed to be an exciting experience, not one you’d rather not do at all; the only reason why people stick to old materials and worn-down rooms is that they’re too lazy to make any changes. If you think about it, renovation isn’t really all that bad if you enjoy what you’re working on! You can make your space one-of-a-kind by following these steps and applying them to your own life. Sometimes the simplest changes are the best ones, like putting up new wallpaper or painting a room; don’t take things too seriously and appreciate every minute of this learning process!
The process of renovating your home can be a daunting project, especially if you’re not sure what to do. Thankfully there are tons of resources online that will help guide you through the renovation process and make it easier for you! If all else fails, call in an expert who has years’ worth of experience with renovations – they’ll know exactly how to get the job done right. We hope this article was helpful in helping you find some inspiration about how to start your next big renovation project–and stay tuned for our upcoming articles on other topics related to HDB Renovation!