When you fail to plan, you plan to fail. You’d be surprised – the best time to start planning a renovation is actually a year before collecting your house keys. Like all major decisions in life, it pays to think carefully and ahead. And creating a dream home that you’ll have to live in for years? We think that’s a big decision that’ll need all the time it can get. So, if you’re still unsure of when and what to look out for in a renovation process, check out this step-by-step timeline guide below to help you get started.
12 months to key collection
It might feel like a long way to go, but don’t just sit around awaiting your keys! Now’s the perfect time to picture your dream home, and research on the various styles or features you’d like in your new abode.
Create A Mood Board
Start looking around for interior decor looks that strike your interest, and create a mood board to save them. Websites like Pinterest allow you to put save pictures together in a mood board. You can even share your boards with others, which will be really convenient if you’d like to discuss ideas with friends or family!
Research on Your Budget
Figuring out a budget that you’ll be comfortable with in advance will give you enough time to start saving up, or consider your financing options.
3-6 months to key collection
At this point, you should have more or less decided on:
- the decor theme
- some basic features you’d like to work on (e.g. structural works, tiling, etc.)
- your ideal budget, with a comfortable range to work with.
It’s time to find the suitable professional for the job. Here begins the hunt for the perfect interior designer.
Finding and meeting with an ID
Make sure to visit some showrooms and discuss details with the IDs you’ve contacted. Ideally, you should meet a maximum of 3 IDs before making a decision.
Don’t forget to prepare these essentials, so the IDs will have something to work with:
- Your floor plan
- Your mood board (physical or online)
- Your expected renovation time frame (e.g. when to start renovation, when to move in, etc.), so the IDs can work according to your schedule.
1 month to key collection
The big day is coming up soon! After gathering information about quotations and ideas from the various IDs, you’ll need to engage one that you are most comfortable with, in terms of pricing, design and chemistry.
First Steps to Working With An ID
After shaking hands, what’s next? Now’s the right time to discuss what the must haves and no-nos in this renovation. Whether it’s a feature wall, open-concept communal area or a walk-in wardrobe, let your ID know so he/she can fit it to the space plan.
Key collection day
Congratulations! It’s the day of your key collection and you’re obviously excited. But don’t look at your new home with rose tinted lenses just yet – make sure everything is in the right place!
Check for Defects
Bring along the defects list provided by HDB/developer and a lock to secure your home. You will need a seasoned, meticulous eye for this, so it would be better to invite your ID along to help spot anything amiss and take measurements!
Set Up Your Basic Utilities
It’s really important to get the basics working before embarking on a renovation. In order to renovate, workers will need electricity for their tools and water for washing grime or dirt – so don’t leave them hanging! Apply for a utilities account with SP Services to activate the water, electricity, gas and waste collection services, soon after collecting your keys.