3 Pitfalls To Avoid Paying More For Your Renovation

June 16, 2016
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It is easy to get overly excited when you are getting your new house. However, do be careful about getting over your head and making unnecessary mistakes! To help you on your new housing journey, we have identified 3 pitfalls that you should avoid!

3 Pitfalls To Avoid Paying More For Your Renovation

Interior Designer: Team BJ
Location: Damansara

1. Setting Your Budget A Little Too Low

The thing with some contractors is that they don’t want to lose your business, so if you come in asking for too much on an ultra-low budget, your contractor may just think of ways to get “creative”.

This means he could use cheaper labour, low-end materials, and pretty much apply cost-cutting measures across the board to give you what you want. But the end result might not be exactly what you envisioned; instead it may severely lack quality and compromise on safety.

On the other hand, good contractors will advise accordingly and tell you when your requests simply won’t work and how you can scale back your plans to fit your budget.

3 Pitfalls To Avoid Paying More For Your Renovation

Interior Designer: Green Apple Design
Location: 9 Bukit Utama Show Unit (Block B)

2. No Emergency Fund

Expecting the estimate to be the same as the final invoice is a classic rookie mistake. After all, that’s why they call it an estimate, right? What you need to do is prepare spare cash, around 10 to 15 percent of the budget to cover these extras if they come up (and they usually do).

With a good interior designer and contractor, you can expect that pop-up costs not be excessive. This is because experienced consultants are better at drafting estimates, and are more likely to be honest with the numbers.

3 Pitfalls To Avoid Paying More For Your Renovation

Interior Designer: Kiwi Interior
Location: Kelly's Residence

But how do you find a trustworthy design and construction team? Simple, just ask for recommendations from your contacts or look through Qanvast for user reviews. You’ll find straightforward feedback on architects and interior designers to help you gauge their level of expertise and professionalism.

Check out the Spotlight page on Qanvast to find the shining stars of the design world.

3 Pitfalls To Avoid Paying More For Your Renovation

Interior Designer: La Conception Hauz
Location: Platinum Victory 16

3. No Research, Big Problem!

You wouldn’t even buy a phone without first conducting a quick internet search, so why not do the same for your renovation project? Get online or on the phone (or on Qanvast) and explore your options in terms of price, design, completion period as well as the right team for your project.

If you need more support for your home renovation projects, head on over to Qanvast and check out these real stories from homeowners just like you.

3 Pitfalls To Avoid Paying More For Your Renovation

Interior Designer: JGiConcept Design
Location: 1-Sky Condo


With a bit of sleuthing you’ll be clear on what your money can buy and what it can’t. To make things a lot easier, just request a quote on Qanvast, it’s free!

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