Last-minute surprises about renovation cost in Singapore can be more stressful than the actual process of renovating your home. So, it’s only fair to start your renovation process after having a clear picture of renovation costs breakdown in Singapore.

Renovation Cost in Singapore for HDB BTO, Condo, Resale Homes

Type of PropertyCost Range for Renovation*
HDB BTOS$10,000 – S$60,000Kitchen, wardrobe, furniture
HDB Resale S$30,000 – S$100,000Kitchen, wardrobe, furniture, carpentry, masonry, flooring, ceiling, plumbing, electrical work, painting and hacking
New Condo S$20,000 – S$80,000 Kitchen, wardrobe, furniture
Resale Condo S$30,000 – S$150,000 Kitchen, wardrobe, furniture, carpentry, masonry, flooring, ceiling, plumbing, electrical work, painting and hacking
*Refers to Singapore dollars
**Full home design includes carpentry, masonry, flooring, ceiling, plumbing, electrical work, painting and hacking
***Furniture here refers to in-built furniture

We hope the above table gives you a fair idea of the renovation price list to budget for.

1. HDB BTO Renovation Cost

HDBs are, basically, new government subsidised housing that are built-to-order. Such homes are already furnished with the basic amenities, and thus don’t require extensive renovation. The average HDB renovation cost in Singapore ranges from S$10,000 to S$60,000.

Also Read: HDB BTO Renovation FAQ: What You Need to Know Before Getting the Keys to Your HDB BTO

2. HDB Resale Renovation Cost

Typically, HDB resale properties might have amenities that don’t necessarily match modern sensibilities. Hence, they require an extensive renovation of their interiors which involves hacking, plumbing, electrical, painting, masonry, etc. The average renovation cost of a Singapore HDB ranges from S$30,000 to S$100,000.

Budgeting for renovation costs in Singapore doesn’t have to be a tiring ordeal

3. New Condo Renovation Cost in Singapore

Condos are privately owned and hence cost more than government-subsidised HDBs. Newly launched condo units have sleek looking interiors complete with all the essential fittings and usually good quality flooring. Hence, an end-to-end renovation is rarely necessary. 

The average renovation cost for a Singapore condo ranges from S$30,000 to S$150,000.

4. Resale Condo Renovation Cost in Singapore

The scope of renovation and its imminent cost depends on how old the condo is and how many times the ownership of the unit has changed.

For a better idea, find out How Can an Interior Designer Help You With Your Condo

Renovation Cost in Singapore by Number of Rooms

For new properties

New PropertiesCost of Renovation in Singapore (starting at)*
2 RoomS$10,000
3 RoomS$14,500
4 RoomS$17,500
5 RoomS$19,500

For resale properties

Resale PropertiesCost of Renovation in Singapore (starting at)*
3 RoomS$32,000
4 RoomS$36,500
5 RoomS$39,500
*These costs are for reference purposes only; exact costs may differ according to location, size of home, nature of requirements, materials/finishes chosen and the scope of work.

Renovation Cost in Singapore Based on the Scope of Work

You can roughly estimate the ultimate cost of renovating your home using our Singapore renovation cost estimator, depending on the services you opt for.

Renovation ServicePercentage of Cost*
Glass & Aluminium11%
Ceiling Partition4%
*Percentage of total cost

How Long do Renovations in Singapore Take?

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In Singapore, renovation can usually take between 10 and 16 weeks. However, this depends on the nature of your requirements.

Typically, renovation of a new condo will take lesser time than a resale condo, as resale condos might involve management approvals, masonry, and demolition work. If your renovation requires hacking existing walls, PE endorsement and management approval, it can take additional time.

Also Read: How Much Should an HDB BTO Package Cost for 3, 4 and 5-room BTOs?

What Can Increase the Renovation Cost in Singapore?

Certain design features tend to shoot up the home renovation cost. Here’s a comprehensive list of features that can be considered ‘splurges’ during renovation.

#1: Fancy Tiling 

Tiles of larger dimensions and in different patterns can cost more

Marble, granite, or mosaic tiles for your walls or floors can hike up renovation costs. Similarly, tiles of larger dimensions (more than 2 × 2 inches) also cost more.

Pro Tip: Use vitrified tiles to cut down costs.

#2: Ceiling Detailing

A brilliant ceiling design can hike up costs

If you want features like rounded details, L-box or U-box shapes or cove lighting for your ceiling, expect the final price to shoot up. 

Pro Tip: Go for simple false ceilings and add features using lights.

#3: Platform Beds 

Ready-made furniture can bring your renovation costs down

Platform beds are popular in Singapore, especially for compact bedrooms. However, the carpentry charges for this type of integrated and multi-functional furniture is higher than usual.

Pro Tip: Try not to opt for custom furniture, use ready-material furniture pieces.

#4: Shelving and Partitions

Let open layouts increase the airiness of your space

Open shelves and niches (sometimes with profile lighting) can quickly add up to become an expensive design feature in your home. Moreover, installing partitions too tends to raise the final renovation cost in Singapore homes.

Pro Tip: Make the magic of open layouts shine through.

#5: Customised Furniture in Unusual Shapes

Custom bring is great for decor, but can be pricier

Customising your furniture is a great way to make your home stand out, but this will bring up the overall price of your renovation. Rounded furniture or furniture that has unusual shapes (like hexagonal, abstract, etc.) costs more than furniture in the standard forms.

Pro Tip: Give second-hand abstract furniture a chance or buy from local stores.

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How Can Livspace Help You Finance Your Home Renovation?

In addition to providing you with award-worthy designers and highest quality materials, we at Livspace can also help you avail special waivers on your home reno loan. We have two solutions for all the worried homeowners to choose from — DBS reno loan and OCBC reno loan. They can help you overcome cash flow shortfalls for various purposes, including home renovation.

Both these banks are quite acclaimed for being the top two names in retail banking.

DBS Eco-Aware Renovation LoanDBS Renovation LoanOCBC Renovation Loan
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