5 Tips On Saving On Your Resale Renovation!Interior Design & Decor
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Resale HDB flats might be a common home-ownership investment, but once you’ve bought them, it doesn’t feel like our own home unless you splurge a little on a few renovation works to add some personal touches to the interior design.
This might not sound like the best idea to those who’ve just spent a fortune to buy that resale flat, and have a relatively small budget that may not be enough for a full-blown HDB renovation. Your worries are completely legit, and it’s definitely not wise to bust your budget for something that seems unaffordable at the moment. Which is why we are here to share with you 5 tips on saving on your renovation!
1. What You Need vs. What You Want
The first and foremost task to accomplish if you want to save on your resale HDB renovation is by determining what you need vs. what you want. The internet is literally flooded with magazine spread interior designs and it can be quite hard to control the ‘urge to splurge.’ Therefore, you must carefully appraise what are the most important things you need for your resale renovation and prioritize them above what you want before locking down a strict budget.
2. Planning A Strict Budget
Before deciding on any particular investment, it is important to just sit down and plan a strict budget. Once you’ve allocated what you need vs. what you want, it’s time to manage your money and plan if you have enough to invest in certain interior design ventures or not. This stage is basically all about prioritizing your needs and what is more important in the whole process. For example, if it comes down to a selection between fixing the leaky plumbing in the bathroom versus refinishing the kitchen countertops, then going for the immediate problem is always the better solution. Aesthetics can always be managed later on.
3. Go For DIY
The best way to add a personal touch to your resale HDB renovation while maintaining a tight budget is by going for some DIY tricks. You can recruit your family and loved ones to participate in a DIY venture that can transform the entire outlook of your home while giving you some fun, memorable moments to cherish. Example of such DIY designs may include a feature wall, an extensive art piece, wall hangings, gallery walls of personal artworks and more. These may be small additions, but they pack a very impactful punch. So don’t underestimate the power of DIY in your resale renovation.
4. Manage Your Expectations
One of the most common mistakes that may lead you to bust your budget is having unrealistic expectations. Always remember that you’re working with a limited amount of budget and investing in things that you absolutely need. So if somewhere along the way, you feel like you must have a statement ceiling with quality recessed lighting, or have the urge to tear down the kitchen cabinets and invest in brand new one, the best advice would be to tamp it down! Remind yourself that it’s not something you need, and focus on the more important parts.
5. Cost-Effective Themes
There are a lot of interior design styles that emphasize on cost-effectiveness these days. They include the minimalistic style, the Scandinavian style and even the purist modernism style. The basic idea of all these aesthetics is to get rid of frou-frou ornamentation in order to retain the essence and elegance of a space. So always remember; the more minimal your design, the more you can save on the costs!
These are some effective ways to save on your resale HDB renovations. They’re sequential and easy to accomplish. We hope these steps can guide you to save a lot and get the best possible results at the same time!
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