When talking about renovating, people tend to choose a renovation package rather than an interior designer. As renovation packages seem cheaper and clearer, and you can always choose a package listed online within your budget (without considering the hidden cost) and compare them with other packages. If you are lucky enough to find a really cheap deal, it still doesn't mean you are one step closer to your dream home. In this article, we will explain if an interior design package suits you or not.
We believe every individual has different needs, different user habits and definitely different opinion of beautiful things. To save on the cost of a design, the so-called interior design firm or contractor apply similar designs to various customers who engage in their package service, just like the one-size-fits-all t-shirt. But we are not talking about t-shirts now; we are talking about home renovation. You may chuck your cheap t-shirt away or give it to someone else if it doesn't fit you, but you can't simply leave your property there if you don't like it. Unless you are really 'chin chye' and can take everything the package gives you, otherwise you might not get your dream home in the expected theme or design.
So, admit that you are an average Joe, otherwise find a real designer to customize your home renovation. Consider your needs for spaces, your user habits for the layout plan and your preferable home theme for your personal style with your designer. We recommended a new pathway to your dream home here, which is get your design done first before finding a contractor.
2. Quality of cheap package deal
Do you think cheap and nice deal really exists? Find out why renovation is so expensive in Singapore here. When an id firm or contractor offers a really low price package to meet your budget, the only way for them to make profit is to cut down their costs. They might choose to use cheap material with low quality ordered from some famous online stores, or hire some unprofessional handyman or carpenter, which conduct a poor style of workmanship.
All these cheap tactics used by id firm or contractor leads you to an endless fixing problem. Your cabinet for example built by cheap quality material would start to become rotten or broken due to poor workmanship. The money you would likely have spent for fixing the problem would probably been better put towards it in the beginning if you don't engage in a 'cheap' package deal.
3. Hidden cost
When every house typically HDB building comes with a different design and layout, it is hard to use the same method on all renovations. Especially resale flats, which come in different conditions and a different approach like a demo job if it needs to be done before renovation start. A cheap renovation package deal probably doesn't cover all the detailed fees, such as electrical work, bathroom accessories installation and lighting etc. Finally, here comes the hidden cost, a big 'no no' when talking about renovation.
You may think some of the services come with the products, but buying a cheap renovation package is like buying a new car without wheels. If you want to run your car you have to buy extra tires. So do check your quotations weather it includes the fees mentioned or not , and do some homework before signing a renovation package deal.
If you are really keen to choose a renovation package deal instead of a personalised interior designer, we suggest you to find a recommended id firm with a good reputation (do check our portfolio here). Don't be fooled by some cheap renovation package deals offered by unscrupulous id firms or contractors. You might fall into a trap that can ruin your excitement of getting a new house. And the true nightmare starts only after you move into your 'dream home'.
We are determined to say that in ted iD, we charge ala carte as we do not believe in packages. We want to make sure our clients are satisfied all the way after renovation without those suddenly-popped-up hidden costs. Call us for more information about our service, our designers will do their best to make sure you get your dream home.
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