MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
I am here to greet you, readers, as I am back here again writing a post for the people who are thinking about doing their home renovation during this period of time. To be honest, as I am writing this post, we are still in the midst of the horrible pandemic, however as someone part of the industry, business is BOOMING.
As much as others would like to assume that business have been bad for the economy, especially during this pandemic, people are STAYING HOME.
I have been working multiple projects during this pandemic, right after the lockdown, chances are the people reading this are also stuck at home during this pandemic and thinking about their NEXT RENOVATION.
I spoke to so many clients about the things they should be looking out for, what they should decide before engaging an interior designer, a contractor or Uncle Ben that know how to build a shelf from IKEA. What I do to stand out among the rest, is how I spot problems that simply makes my client bleed money, but my clients will not even know about it as it is simply marketed as a selling point in other pitches.
LIGHTS AND POWER POINTS
I cannot stress this enough to all my clients again and again, as people always fail to plan where they intend to have their lighting points.
Be it HDBs or condominiums, we are still looking at set places for where you would want to install that beautiful chandelier we know you will throw out next year, or that mood light you bought from Taobao. As long as you are able to plan for these spaces before the next person come in, chances are, everything can be done a lot more beautifully as compared to us coming in the last minute to move the lighting point to the left by a few inches.
Power points. More NO LESS. This is actually a huge point for my clients, whenever I do a presentation for my clients for the things that needs to be done in their houses. You may have just bought this resale flat, or it may be a brand new BTO. If you are living in the house, and you intend to be living in the house for a long period of time, I strongly encourage you to please have your contractor install more power points in the house, and I don’t mean make your house into a switches showroom, but plan for the amount of power points you will need in your house.
For example, my computer set up at home requires at least 4 double power points, as I am not the biggest fan of an extension cord, I still have one for my miscellaneous items by my table side. In my room alone, I have about 8 double power points, which some might think it’s a little overboard, but I feel it is required, although you are looking to incur a lot of additional costs but trust me, after living in that house for 3 years, your future self will thank your present self for making this decision.
Personally, I feel this is something all of you WILL have to do at some point in your house. And before y’all IKEA enthusiasts come telling me about how awesome your cheap wardrobes have lasted you the past 5 years, I feel there will ALWAYS be a value in making your own carpentry, such as your kitchen cabinet and your wardrobes. Not only are you getting way better quality materials (but don’t fake fake, cut costs with your contractor then complain why everything not good lah), you are also getting EXACTLY what you want for the internal compartments. As compared to those, mass produced IKEA wardrobes that was designed in 2015, which honestly isn’t even that much cheaper when you really pen down the details, you are getting way more value in making your own wardrobe.
BUT! Don’t say I ask y’all pay more money so contractors like myself can earn more okay. For clients who intend to stay in the house for 5 years or so, or intend to do a simple renovation to rent out to their tenants, or even if you are a minimalist who really only needs some shelves and some hooks to be satisfied, DO NOT FABRICATE YOUR CARPENTRY WORKS. IT IS A WASTE OF MONEY.
Okay, this is quite debateable in my eyes, because a lot of you, and I mean, A LOT of you do not like window grilles because of the aesthetics, and it bring forth a very HDB kinda feels, I get it.
If you do have kids under the age of 10, and or have regular kids under the age of 10 coming over to your house, you should definitely put more thought into having that window protection, so be it window grilles, invisible grilles for those who like it plain, or even window restrictor(locks).
Also, you might want to take into account of how much your windows are protruding because a lot of my clients usually remove their grilles after their kids get older and such. So you should also consider how your house will look without the grilles.
If any of you who are reading this is on a BUDGET while renovating your house, be it a resales HDB or a 12 years old condominum, you can choose to omit a lot of items to be done in the house, but painting should never be one of the items. You can get your contractor, or Uncle Rick from across the street to help you paint, but you should not omit painting when you move into the new house.
Painting a house with a fresh new coat of paint, in the colors of your choice, is easily one of the most recognizable effect that you will see in your house, as compared to installing a basin tap in the toilet or fixing up a door in the door.
I have a lot of clients who were working with a budget, and they normally have me do an on-site visit, and I can tell you, almost half the time, actually no, 90% of the time I would reccommend doing a paint job.
It’s not because your current white is ugly, or because the previous owner did a bad job with the color combination. But it is because a paint job that was done years ago used by another owner will definitely go through wear and tear, and let’s not forget those marks you see on the wall after a few years, or that water stain on the ceiling in your bathroom that you have been looking at when you take a dump in the toilet.
Painting is probably the only inexpensive work job that gives you the most impactful results after the house is done, so I implore you new house owners to really consider doing this paint job when you get your house, and also who doesn’t want to let that little artist in you come out, and play with the color combination to your desire?
Hope those pointers will help you with your new house, and there will be other things to look out for, but if I have a feeling half of y’all fell asleep half way through. So I will wrap it up here, if you do want be more informed about your upcoming renovation, just find your interior designers, contractors or even
Santa for help, if you enjoy these written posts, please feel free to drop me a message to let me know or even comment on this post itself.
I am also proud to announce that my own house will begin the demolition process in early January, and I was thinking about doing a video format of what will happen during the procedure of the renovation, do let me know if you are interested, and maybe I will drop my YouTube link in the next post. But that will be all for me, if you do have any burning questions that needs to be put out, drop me a message at 9818 8080 or DM us on Facebook and Instagram directly. I am always looking. Merry Christmas and have an amazing holidays you guys!
See you next time!