After the exciting moment of buying your home and finally collecting your keys, the next step will be to renovate your home! Here is where you make the tough choices, the first being to choose between an interior designer or a renovation contractor. Most of us instinctively will find an interior designer to help us with our home renovation. Some of us might consider hiring renovation contractors instead. The biggest pro with hiring a renovation contractor is you get to work directly with your builder, and you can potentially save on cost. The trade-off on the savings is that you will need to be clear and specific on what you want. You will also likely have to manage and monitor the entire project yourself (unless the firm has consultation services and project managers). When it comes to something as important as your home, it is of utmost importance to hire someone who is reliable and trustworthy. We have heard the horror stories online of IDs or contractors vanishing with people’s money and leaving their homes in a mess. So we did our research to find you some of the best renovation contractors in Singapore.
This article is part of our Essential Home Services series. Find more services here.
This article was last updated on 15 April 2020.
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Coming up with this list of renovation contractors was a challenge. Despite there being many renovation contractors in the industry, many of them are B2B and work “in the background”. Most of them get their projects via referrals and hence do not market themselves, and have little or limited online presence or portfolios for us to review. Hence, we had to rely mostly on online reviews and other publishers. We leaned our preference to renovation contractors with a better online presence and cross-referenced them with reviews. We also checked to make sure that they are ACRA registered, HDB approved or CaseTrust accredited (we have indicated in each listing).
One tip to find a renovation contractor is to ask for trustworthy recommendations from your family, friends, and neighbours, and then cross-reference them with online sources. That might help you make a better decision as you can see the most recent work on their home and have a reliable testimonial to substantiate hiring them.
Our listicle is written with the aim to help you find the “better” renovation contractors in the industry. These shortlisted companies are companies that we may choose for ourselves if we were to require their service. But please know that we have not personally experienced or reviewed their services. This list is also not exhaustive. Hence, our choices are not to be taken solely and in entirety. As always, we encourage you to always cross-reference with other sources. Please note that TWV cannot guarantee and will not be held liable for the company’s actual performance in any circumstance. Lastly, the information in this article is accurate at the time of posting. We reserve the right to update and change this list if any updated information comes up.
What is the difference between a renovation contractor and an interior designer?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to renovating your home. As the industry grows, the lines between an interior designer and a renovation contractor start to be finer.
Our distinct difference between a renovation contractor and an interior designer is the primary value they offer. The expertise of an interior designer is to provide design consultation and project management service. For most interior designers, their construction and building services are likely to be outsourced or sub-contracted. Renovation contractors, on the other hand, their expertise is in construction. They usually have their own in-house team of carpenters and workers.
Bigger companies have both interior design and renovation services in an aim to be a one-stop renovation solution for homeowners.
If you are planning to hire an interior designer, check out these 10 Best Interior Designers in Singapore.
For our new home, after doing a lot of research and meeting up with plenty of interior designers and renovation contractors in Singapore, we went with hiring a renovation contractor. As we bought an executive condominium (EC), much of the interiors were pre-designed and pre-built.
Best Renovation Contractors in Singapore
While Unimax Creative is more than a renovation contractor (they are an award-winning interior design and renovation firm with a full suite of services), we have included them on this list as they are an impressive and reliable choice. Established in 1997, they have grown to be a team powered by 30 design and sales professionals to date. Their portfolio includes residential and commercial projects that have been beautifully transformed. The team’s focus and confidence in providing high-quality and reliable renovation are backed with a 12-months workmanship warranty for all home renovation works.
What makes Unimax Creative stands apart from other interior designers or renovation contractors in Singapore is that they have their own in-house woodwork and aluminium factory in Singapore. Their 2,000 square feet showroom is also where customers can benefit from their non-obligatory consultation and also see samples of their works.
Unimax Creative is rated 4.5 on Google (47 reviews) and 4.1 on Facebook (148 reviews). They have also been awarded the Singapore Prestige Brand Award (2009) and Outstanding Entrepreneur Award in Asis-Pacific (2011). Unimax Creative is registered on ACRA, CaseTrust-RCMA accredited, HDB and BCA registered at the time of writing.
Address: 288 Balestier Road #02-02, Singapore 329731
Contact: +65 62260110
Blk 185 Toa Payoh central 01-348 Singapore 310185
Contact: +65 6970 9297
Email: [email protected]
Eight Design Pte Ltd is a one-stop firm for your home renovation needs. They are a renovation contractor and an interior designer in one. With Jack Neo signing on as their brand ambassador, it’s hard not to take them seriously. Plus, they have been in the industry for over 15 years. They have taken on many residential and commercial projects, and their works emphasise creativity and innovation. Their mission is to deliver fast, high-quality service to all of their clients, from start to end.
You can visit either of their two showrooms in Paya Lebar (East) and Boon Lay (West). They have a 5-star rating on Google, with photos to back up their works. They have a 4.5 rating on their Facebook page as well. They have also been listed as a good interior design firm in Singapore by Handyman Reviewed.
Eight Design is registered on ACRA and HDB approved and CaseTrust accredited at the time of posting. They are also listed on Home Reno Guru, Home Trust, Reno Talk, and Renopedia. Watch a homeowner’s testimonial below.
Address: 140 Paya Lebar Road, [email protected] Lebar #01-04 Singapore 409015
No 20 Boon Lay Way Tradehub 21 #01-167, Singapore 609967
Contact: +65 6266 8880
Email: [email protected]
When it comes to home renovation and carpentry, Reno Guys is considered one of the best renovation contractors in Singapore in that aspect. They have been in the renovation industry for over 30 years. They offer a complete suite of home renovation services ranging from groundwork, brickwork, plastering, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, kitchen cabinets, vinyl flooring, laminate, and finishes. Their sole focus is to provide top quality service to their customers.
Whether it is your entire home, or a specific area such as kitchen renovation, bathroom renovation, Reno Guys is committed to providing you reliable and high-quality craftsmanship that is timely and within your budget. We like Reno Guys for their approachability. You can see the faces behind the company here. Each of them has grown up in the industry of furniture restoration, building, and carpentry. You can view their portfolio here.
Reno Guys has a 5-star rating on Google (8 reviews) and a 4.9 rating on Facebook (56 reviews). On top of their reliable service, some reviews have commended them for their reasonable pricing. Their rates for home renovation packages start from $7,888 for a 3 Room BTO Flat. You can see their packages and photos on Houzz.
Reno Guys Pte Ltd is registered on ACRA at the time of posting.
Address: WAVE 9 Building 71 Woodlands Industrial Park E9 #06-06, Singapore 757048
Contact: +65 6815 8888
Email: [email protected]
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4. M2 Decor
M2 Decor has been in the industry for 30 years. On top of being a renovation contractor, they have established themselves as a one-stop renovation company for interior design and carpentry. Their services include carpentry, electrical works, painting, interior design, consultation and more. Their projects have included residential (HDBs, condos, landed, executive apartments), office, commercial spaces as well as hotels.
In the heart of everything they do, their philosophy is to provide innovative design coupled with practical ideas. As such, they also provide advice on space planning, furniture selection, and interior styling, which is not often included in the service of renovation contractors in Singapore. They can also include a 3D rendering service for you to better visualise your space before the building begins.
M2 Decor’s mission is to provide homeowners with a streamlined, hassle-free process when it comes to renovating your home. As such, their services provided are in-house and done by their own team, to ensure high quality and reliability. They claim to have a satisfaction rate of 100% of all customers with zero complaints to date. This is very impressive for a company that has been around for 30 years! Read their customer testimonials here.
M2 Decor is BizSaefe, RCMA accredited and registered on ACRA at the time of posting. M2 Decor is currently having a promotion where they include smart home features or devices in their renovation packages. Be sure to check it out!
Address: 38 Woodlands Industrial Park E1 #05-12, S757700
Contact: +65 6269 0828 | +65 9822 1113
Email: [email protected]
ZLC is a Singaporean-based boutique renovation firm that specializes in wetworks and carpentry, as well as kitchen renovation. Their carpenter team is well-trained under the UrbanKitchen by BLUM program. If you need to renovate your kitchen and you opt for this package, not only will your kitchen be beautifully designed, but the materials used will also be of high quality and be covered under BLUM warranty.
On top of being a renovation contractor, they also provide interior design services and advice, making them a one-stop centre for your home renovation needs. You can also choose to have a project manager assigned to you so that you can enjoy the perks of having your project managed. Check out ZLC renovation projects here. Additionally, their team can provide consultation services that include impartial site assessment, validation, and appraisal of existing interior conditions as well. If you need to make adjustments to your current interior to make it elderly and child-friendly, they are also able to do it for you. Read their customer testimonials here.
ZLC is ACRA registered, BizSafe and BCA registered at the time of posting. They are also rated 5 on Google (6 reviews) and 4.7 on Facebook (47 reviews).
Address: 280 Woodlands Industrial Park E5
Harvest @ Woodlands #04-23 Singapore 757322
Contact: +65 6284 0118
Email: [email protected]
6. Empire Works
Empire Works is a renovation contractor that has been in the industry for 5 years with over 50 completed projects. Their team of 20 are contractors in multiple specialisations, offering services such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical works, tiling, painting, door, and gate installation, aluminium works and even air-conditioning services.
What stands out are their reasonably priced BTO packages that start from $5,688 for a 3-room. Their focus is on building practical spaces that will be functional yet aesthetically pleasing for their homeowners. They also do toilet renovation and kitchen renovation. They also promise customers transparent pricing and good service to ensure satisfaction. Empire Works is rated 4.9 on Google (7 reviews) and 5 on Facebook (44 reviews). Read their customer testimonials here.
Empire Works is registered on ACRA at the time of writing.
Address: 19 Woodlands Industrial Park E1 #01-01, Singapore 757719
Contact: +65 6732 2252 | +65 8833 2252 (Whatsapp)
Email: [email protected]
I hope that this article has helped you to sieve out the best renovation contractors in Singapore and find the most suitable renovation contractor for your new home. Please share this with your family and friends if you have found it useful.
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