I figured that looking for a contractor is the best way to go. After all, uncle contractor will already earn one fold from you. Then the designer firms come in to earn 2-3 times more (depending on the reputation of the firm and the materials that you select). This is my analysis:
Uncle contractor is my mum’s contact. He used to renovate her HDB and his pricing is reasonable. So we decided to use him.
The quote was close to $50k for the renovation works which I wanted (see previous post - first step - market research).
That is about 50% savings from the quote given by designer firms!!!
From the list, I cancelled out some items which we can DIY, some which was not necessary and some which we can buy off the shelf.
We got him to:
- Hack and change floor tiles of hall & dining area
- Extend front porch & lay tiles
- Sand & polish parquet
- Attach cornice in Master bedroom
- Adding/ changing power points
- Repairs to window grill locks & hinges, sliding door wheels
In the end, the bill came up to about $25k (I’ve added buffer as some electrical items and other small works are not reflected in the bill).
From $100k quote to actual $25k paid, that is a load of savings. Cool man! Now I have more buffer for better furniture!
Give me a tinker if you'd like to use this contractor. I'm pretty happy with his work done too. :)