Preparing to renovate your home? These home renovation sites make it easy for you to find the interior design firm that will make your dream home come to life.
Buying a home and renovating your home is symbolic of your adulting and independence! This big milestone, however, can be quite daunting, especially for first time homeowners. For my home journey, I remember turning to several home renovation sites for inspiration and help. Here are some of the go-to home renovation websites in Singapore.
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Home Renovation Websites in Singapore for Inspiration & Free Quotes
Let me kickstart start our list with the household name that you are all familiar with – Qanvast. Playing the role of dream-home matchmaker, based on your budget and style requirements, they match you to suitable interior designers. I really enjoy browsing on Qanvast, for they have plenty of inspiring articles, lengthy customer reviews and well-taken photos of their projects. Searching for an interior designer on their site is easy, for they list their reviews and projects for your reference. I find their renovation calculator particularly useful and detailed.
We also attended the Qanvast road show last year to meet up with several interior designers at one shot, which was quite useful. Stay tuned to their events here.
Qanvast also offers its users these perks:
- $50,000 guarantee: Knowing that the number one fear of homeowners is getting scammed by untrustworthy interior designers or contractors, Qanvast has a $50,000 guarantee that you can opt-in for when you engage their recommended IDs. The guarantee keeps you safe from the unlikely event when the engaged firm becomes insolvent.
- Free Voucher Kit: After you engage their recommended ID, you get free vouchers giving you discounts off furniture, electronics, appliances and more.
HomeRenoGuru prides themselves on their matching service, stating “all firms recommended by HomeRenoGuru meet stringent criteria that includes industry accreditation, minimum annual sales turnover and years in business, and positive customer reviews.” By using their free service, you stand a chance to win a free home renovation up to $30,000*!
Their articles and videos featuring local homes makes it a good source of inspiration. My favourite function on their site is you are able to view projects by budget (projects under $30,000), by theme (Scandinavian designs), and by home-type (HDB 4-Room), make it very easy to browse. They also have a renovation calculator for you to estimate the cost of your home renovation.
Renotalk is another popular site to visit for inspiration and source for interior designers, contractors and renovation materials. Their busy forum features reviews and packages recommended by fellow homeowners. On top of home renovation, you will find discussion topics ranging from finance, insurance, and furnishings. Do check out their sweet deals for promotions.
James Soh, founder of Renopedia, wants his portal to connect homeowners with renowned interior designers and suppliers. Over 5,000 interior design firms and merchants are listed. On his site you will also find inspiration filtered by home styles and videos showcasing beautiful homes.
Similar to the home renovation websites listed above, Renonation also allows you to get free, non-obligatory quotes via their site. They regularly hold events that allow you to meet with interior design firms in person too.
Though it’s the newest kid on the block, Home by Hitcheed has a very seamless, minimalist interface which makes it pleasant to browse. If you use their service and sign a contract with their recommended ID of $20,000 or more, you get $500 vouchers to shop at Harvey Norman! Similar to HomeRenoGuru, you can filter their projects by property type, home style and budget. Their articles focus on stylish interior design and making your home look beautiful yet functional.
Financing your home renovation
The average cost of home renovation in Singapore is about $50,000 – $60,000 for a BTO 4-room HDB flat. The cost will vary depending on how extensive the works you require, and the choice of materials you use.
To finance your home renovation, you can take up either a renovation loan or a personal loan. I suggest to take up a renovation loan as the interest rate (generally less than 5%) is lower as compared to personal loans (6-7%). However, it is likely you are required to show proof of ownership when applying for the renovation loan. Do note that the money from a renovation loan goes direct to your interior designer or contractor, so you can’t use it for your furniture or appliance shopping.
That sums our read for today! Do share it with your friends who need it too. Stay tuned for more guides, and in the meantime, do check out our other articles below.
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