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Planning Your Renovation: A Guide for Beginners!

For many new homeowners, getting a renovation quote can be puzzling. What exactly does your home need? A good beginning is half the job done, and being prepared beforehand will always serve you well. Let's see if this post can help you out!

Old Fixture Demolition:

Often, the first step in a renovation is to tear things down. If you've bought a pre-owned home, you should first inspect existing ceilings, floors, windows, and walls for any issues. Determine if they need to be entirely removed, and consider the number of built-in furnishings. Naturally, the more you need to remove, the higher the cost. For new homes, you typically won't need extensive demolition unless you want to change the layout by removing walls. Remember, standard demolition costs often include waste removal and furniture disposal. Retaining existing fixtures isn't always a good idea unless they are in excellent condition and can be reused. This not only promotes recycling but can also save on renovation and material costs.

Plumbing & Electrical:

Next, inspect the plumbing and electrical systems of the new home. Check for any leaks, exposed wires, necessary pipe replacements, or insufficient water pressure. If your home still uses old metal pipes or has exposed electrical wires, they may pose safety hazards and require significant upgrades. Plan the placement of your appliances beforehand to avoid unnecessary costs linked to electrical outlets.


If your unit has a water leakage issue, you'll need to prioritize waterproofing and flooring. Other masonry tasks include tiling, countertop installations, etc. If you're considering a re-layout, set aside a budget for hiring masons to rebuild walls.

Woodwork & Furniture:

If the house has solid wooden doors, they can often be reused, saving costs. If you need replacements, remember that door prices and installation charges are usually separate. Another crucial aspect is custom furniture. Tailored pieces, according to your unit's size, can be more space-efficient than ready-made ones. Adequate storage can significantly influence the ambiance of your home, so plan wisely! Raised floors or even small lofts for added storage have become trendy and are worth considering.


Painting costs can vary based on ceiling height, wall conditions, and other factors. Often, these costs aren't apparent until work begins, leading to additional charges. "Scraping off" means removing old paint and loose plaster to ensure the new paint's durability, which might be costlier. If you're on a budget, you can ask the professionals for "patch plastering". New homes usually only need this, but for older properties, it's good to get expert opinions.

Air Conditioning:

AC units come in split and window types. Window ACs are traditional and need brackets for installation on window frames or dedicated platforms. Ensure the unit size matches the window size. Installing split ACs is more complex and might involve high-altitude outdoor work.


Never underestimate professional cleaning services. Renovation can leave various stains, such as paint or glue, which regular household cleaners can't tackle. Here, professional cleaning services can come to the rescue! Apart from the mentioned aspects, the home's size, design style, and materials will significantly influence the final quote. If on a budget, it's advisable to list down your requirements, create a comprehensive renovation checklist, and prioritize before consulting. Adjust based on the quote received!


For many, renovation isn't an easy task. Aside from cost considerations, the process can be quite vexing for homeowners. That's where DECOLAND comes in with its all-in-one service approach. Whether it's finding the right renovation team, designers, getting accurate quotes, or managing the project, DECOLAND is here to support.

DECOLAND is here to help you solve all your renovation worries effortlessly!

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