My Reno Diary

Our team consists of experienced project managers, interior designers, in-house drafters, and trusted suppliers to provide the best possible interior design suited to homeowner’s need with optimized and budget friendly costs.

7 Gambas,
Crescent #01-01 Ark@Gambas,
Singapore 757087.
+65-6255 1010

60 Ubi Cresent,
#01-04 Ubi Techpark,
Singapore 408569.
+65-6844 1010

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Your contractor has no control over how long it takes to refurbish a HDB/Condominium. We know, it’s shocking. In fact, homeowners determine the whole duration of a renovation job. Actual HDB/Condominium renovations take only two months. Many HDB and condominium residents in Singapore, on the other hand, delay the process.

There’s a certain flow to follow during a renovation. Here’s a shortcut inforgaphic of a hdb renovation guidelines in Singapore. Here’s an estimate of how long it takes to renovate different parts of your home.

However, take note that the timeline is just an estimate.Every homeowner’s requirement is different. For example, if a homeowner does not require carpentry services, then we can save 2 weeks of renovation. Or if a homeowner has given us a tight timeline to work with, perhpas they urgently need to move into their new home, then we’ll have to speed up the process.


Furthermore, Singapore’s Housing Development Board (HDB) grants a one month renovation permit, and allows for an extension of 1 month. Of which only three days are allocated for noisy renovation works like hacking of tiles.

Why Most Renovations Last 3 Months or More

Although HDB and Condominiums renovations are last 2 months, the average Singaporean homeowner takes 3 months. The additional month, or even more, is actually just deadtime spent by the homeowner making decisions.

Symptoms of chronic renovation analysis paralysis are:

  1. Flitting between interior designs (“Or should we consider the contractor route?”)
  2. Staking out for the best interior design proposal
  3. Haggling quotations
  4. Deliberating the choice of materials

More often than not, we’ve had to put a stop to the entire renovation because owners cannot decide on the material or design of their cabinetry. Sometimes, designs evolve because homeowners have to make budget cuts. Consequently, these cause delays in the renovation.

Granted, renovations for most homeowners in Singapore are usually a once or twice in a lifetime kind of project. Poring through every single facet of your new home is nothing to belittle. Moreover, the cost of renovation is no small penny to pay. You want to get it right the first time.

To relieve yourself of the renovation analysis paralysis, consider the following tips.


Sticking to a Renovation Plan

  1. Three months before you collect your keys, begin sorting through ideas you may have for your home. Arrange inspiration photos on a Pinterest moodboard which you can discuss with your interior designer.
  2. Discuss with your family how much you are willing to set aside for the renovation.
  3. Shortlist interior designers you might want to work with in this prepatory time. Get recommendations from friends and family. If you find a contractor or interior designer you like, be sure to check reviews. Secondly, all interior designers and contractors should have the proper licenses to operate.
  4.  Ask shortlisted interior designers for quotes and a couple of proposed views for the house. Compare quotes and design. Find one that best fits your requirements and budget. (Pro-tip: Try our virtual reality home tour to get the best visualisation experience!)
  5. HDB renovation noise rules. Noisy renovation such as demolition of walls, removing wall/floor finishes, cutting of tiles and drilling works, etc. are restricted from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm daily during weekdays. hdb renovation timing saturday, noisy renovation are not allowed to be carried out on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. Residents who encounter renovation contractors in singapore who do not comply with the requirements can report them to the HDB renovation noise complaint to hdb renovation noise complaint hotline


As you can see, how long it takes to renovate depends heavily on confidence in your decisions. As interior designers, My Reno Diary try our best to provide suggestions to help. So hear us out, and take a leap of faith. And if you need to talk to an experienced interior designer, feel free to reach out us at My Reno Diary. Hopefully, with these tips, you’ll have a smooth renovation.