Hidden and Miscellaneous Costs in Renovation Quotation

Have you read my previous post on What are the Renovation Costs Involved? In this post, I will be sharing with you on uncovering the hidden and other miscellaneous costs in a renovation quote. This is extremely important as it affects your budget for the renovation.

Renovation permit

If your contractor is HDB approved, the cost for applying the permit is most likely free of charge. As a homeowner, do bear in mind that you are responsible for the renovation works. Noisy renovation like hacking and drilling are only permitted to be carried out from 9am-5pm daily on weekdays only. The contractor is also required to display a renovation notice outside your unit to inform your neighbours about the renovation.

I have also heard about cases where non-HDB approved contractors go around borrowing licenses from other companies to register for the renovation permit. Personally, I do not recommend engaging a non-HDB approved contractor as they might not be in compliance with certain works where layman like us may not know about.

Haulage and debris removal

Based on my research, there were a lot of debate on this cost. I was shocked when I found out that the typical market rate is from $500 onwards. Wut?! Hence, I was pleasantly surprised when my contractor quoted me less than $200, phew! Some Town Council do provide this service to the residents but not all and the charges vary. Do seek advice from your own Town Council to find out more.

Measurements

It is best to get the ID or contractor to go down to your unit to get exact dimensions before getting quotes. This is also extremely helpful if you are comparing quotes. Be sure to take note of any changes in the measurements and clarify the costs before signing off the agreement.

Materials

Materials vary and it can be quite costly for top graded ones. As mentioned in my previous post, don’t waste the money on expensive materials if you are not a heavy user. Make sure that the cabinets come with soft hinges and ABS trimming. Soft hinges prevent cabinets from slamming and ABS trimming is normally used to smooth out the sharp edges. Clarify the type of table tops and laminates, where they are made from and how much does it cost per foot run, etc.

Painting

Do find out whether you are allowed to have choices of color for your painting works. Things like brands and types (Eg. Nippon, odourless, etc) should also be indicated upfront. Check the additional costs if you were to switch or add-on colors. Typical market rate should be between $1,200-$1,800, including labour costs and a choice of up to 5-6 colors.

Installation of accessories

The contractor will usually install about 2-3 items for the kitchen and bathroom free of charge. This can be negotiated with them. If the ID or contractor were to bring you to the shops to buy accessories or lightings, do not agree as they will usually earn commission through these “extra services”. Hence, it is best to purchase these items yourself.

Electrical points

Additional electrical power points are usually necessary in a new house. The cost for each electrical point is approx. $60-$80. I had also requested to modify the telephone points in the rooms to LAN points. This allows you to connect to the home fiber network without doing additional cabling and wiring.

City Gas piping

You will be required to open an SP Services account and your contractor has to arrange with City Gas to connect the gas piping. Based on my bill, it cost $120 to install the gas pipe. If you are using City Gas for your heater as well, the cost will be different.

Chemical wash

Chemical wash, also known as acid wash is usually done after the renovation. Typical market rate should be around $120-$150. The chemical wash will remove the mess such as cement stains or accidental paint splatters in the house. This can be done once or twice, depending on the agreement with the ID or contractor.

By reviewing all of the above hidden costs, you may then select an ID or contractor that best fits your budget. Good luck in your home planning! :)

Check out my other posts on Home related matters:
:heart: Apps & Sites for Home Inspirations
:heart: Selecting an Interior Designer/Main Contractor/Package Interior Designers
:heart: Inspirations for Feature Walls
:heart: Getting the Keys
:heart: Renovation, Start!
:heart: Plan for Your Renovation Budget
:heart: What are the Renovation Costs Involved
:heart: Things I Would Like to Buy for Our New Home
:heart: Hidden and Miscellaneous Costs in Renovation Quotation

My Korea Bucket List

Bucket lists are awesome. There are so many things that I wish to do in Korea! :D These are just some of the things I came out with. Let me know if there are any to-dos that you wish to recommend! :)

Admire the autumn foliage at Namiseom Island
Visit Gamcheon Culture Village in Busan
Visit Petite France
Stay at a hanok guesthouse
Go to an amusement park
Eat ramyun at a convenience store
Indulge on street food
Enjoy Korean fried chicken with beer
Stalk Running Man cast
Catch a free K-pop concert
Picnic along Han River
Drink, party and club hop at Hongdae
Visit a jjimjilbang
Go food tasting sampling at a Korean supermarket
Eat and drink at a pojangmacha
Drink soju or makkeolli
Visit a traditional market like Gwangjang and Namdaemun
Walk along the Cheonggyecheon Stream
Late night shopping at Dongdaemun
Shopping at Myeongdong
Visit Bukchon Hanok Village
Wear a hanbok to Gyeongbukgung Palace
Chill out at cute and celebrity cafes
Hoping that we would bump into some popular celebrity

Counting down to 57 days! :D

Check out my other posts on Korea:
:heart: Korea Travel Tips, Please!
:heart: My Korea Bucket List

Kitchen Essentials for the Home

Our new home is officially completed! :D Here is a view of our bare living room hehe! These days, I find myself frequenting departmental and furniture stores, totally ogling at pretty furnishings for the new home! :) I also love doing my shopping online as online shopping is becoming increasingly popular and best of all, there are discount coupons readily available for those who are looking to save some money, including myself.

Been doing a lot of research and these are some of the items I wish to own in the kitchen! Shall KIV first. :P


Philips Air Fryer | Happy Call Pan | KitchenAid Mixer | Cocotte Bakeware | MINI Dolce Gusto | DeLonghi Kettle & Toaster | Crate & Barrel Kitchen Island | Beverage Dispenser | Ikea Crockery

Check out my other posts on Home related matters:
:heart: Apps & Sites for Home Inspirations
:heart: Selecting an Interior Designer/Main Contractor/Package Interior Designers
:heart: Inspirations for Feature Walls
:heart: Getting the Keys
:heart: Renovation, Start!
:heart: Plan for Your Renovation Budget
:heart: What are the Renovation Costs Involved
:heart: Things I Would Like to Buy for Our New Home
:heart: Hidden and Miscellaneous Costs in Renovation Quotation