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These 4 Common Newbie Mistakes Are Costing Your Reno Dollars

These 4 Common Newbie Mistakes Are Costing Your Reno Dollars

Take note of these common blunders!

So, you’ve sealed the deal and are one step closer to bringing your dream home to life. But now comes the hard part: it’s time to start planning for renovations. Many homeowners jump straight into the renovation without knowing what to expect, but it’s important to learn how to navigate the tricky waters to prevent any pitfalls.

Whether you’re going for a gut renovation or just a simple makeover, there are often unexpected challenges that may arise during the process. But don’t let these hiccups get in the way – keep these tips in mind to help you make your renovation journey a little easier, all while saving you time and money!

1. Think twice before sacrificing function for form

Let’s be real: we’re all guilty of following trends blindly just for the aesthetics. Certain design features that are in style now may look great in your home, but they can also be pretty tough to maintain and require a whole lot of upkeep in the long run.

For instance, cement screed surfaces are highly coveted for its industrial appeal, but are prone to cracks and damage overtime. Instead, opt for alternatives like concrete-like tiles or cement screed-inspired laminates which are easier to maintain. Small-format tiles offer a contemporary look in vertical applications, but the multiple grout lines make it difficult to clean and susceptible to stains especially in high-moisture areas. Consider vinyl as a more durable option, which is great for bathrooms due to its water-resistance capabilities.

Before you splash out big bucks on these on-trend materials, make sure to do ample homework to ensure it doesn’t compromise on function and comfort.

Mr Shopper Studio_Potong Pasir Avenue 3

Interior Firm: Mr Shopper Studio

Another common mistake amongst most homeowners is that they tend to hack away walls without planning ahead. If you plan on having children within the next few years or reselling the flat in the future, it may be wise to stay clear from any demolishing works. A smarter and more efficient way of maximizing the space is to turn it into a convertible space that can be easily adapted to cater for future needs. You can also make use of a partition wall to demarcate areas, or decorate with wall panels or wallpaper to define a space.

2. Don’t be afraid to spend on things that matter

Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to skimp out on quality items. Instead of saving a couple of dollars on cheap goods that have a short lifespan, it’s wise to invest in a few key pieces of furniture that will serve you for years to come so you won’t have to worry about replacing it in the future.

Here’s an example: many homeowners would go for synthetic leather as a cheaper alternative to authentic leather, but it easily wears overtime and doesn’t last as long. A more viable solution is fabric upholstery — a good fabric of premium quality provides better durability thanks to its highly resistant finish, which makes it easy to wipe away any unfortunate stains and allows for fuss-free maintenance. You may be expected to pay a bit more for quality materials, but it will prove to be a sound investment in the long run.

Mr Shopper Studio_Ang Mo Kio Court

Interior Firm: Mr Shopper Studio

3. Know how to choose the right materials

Picking the right materials is crucial in ensuring that your home is designed to withstand the test of time. While most homeowners would simply leave it to the professionals, being involved in the decision-making process will help to make sure that the materials meet the demands of your lifestyle and budget. This can be based on various factors, including cost, practicality and longevity. 

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Interior Firm: Notion of W

Be sure to request for samples or swatches prior to purchasing any supplies – whether it’s upholstery for your sofa, or brand new tiles for your flooring. This way, you can get a feel of the product and see how it looks before actually committing to it. There are plenty of colours, textures and designs available in the market, so it’s important to know your options in order to achieve your remodelling goals. 

If you’re not sure where to start, you can also get free professional advice and tailored recommendations from our Materially Guide to make the selection process easy and fuss-free You can browse through our extensive selection of materials and get your favourite samples conveniently delivered to you, at absolutely no cost! 

4. Get quotes directly from material suppliers

It’s commonplace for IDs and contractors to charge a finder’s fee on their services. To avoid intermediary markups, we recommend reaching out directly to the brand for more transparent quotations. One major advantage of direct purchases is that you get to bypass any additional costs, which means you get to set aside more budget for furnishings and other decor items.

Notion of W_Bidadari Park Drive
Interior Firm: Notion of W

Otherwise, you can also choose to go through Materially for a more hassle-free experience. Besides getting access to exclusive rates, we also provide styling tips and recommendations to offset the need of an ID. 

The biggest perk of going direct? Installation is carried out by in-house experts who are experienced in what they do, so you can rest assured that everything will be professionally executed with precise workmanship. This eliminates the need of having to sub it out to different contractors, who may not know the exact care and installation approaches required. On top of that, you also get a comprehensive warranty covered directly by the manufacturer without being bound to an ID’s given warranty – which typically only covers 1 to 2 years.

Kickstart your renovation journey with Materially!

It’s time to make the most of your home renovation with these essential tips! To guide you along on your reno journey, Materially provides you with a comprehensive range of personalised solutions – from palette curation ideas to material recommendations, all in one seamless, unbiased platform. What’s more, you get to enjoy exclusive discounts from our brand partners as a Materially referral. Simply book an appointment via us here and quote “Materially” on your visit to redeem these promotions!

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