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How much does it cost to renovate your home in SEA countries?

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How much do home renovation cost in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines?

While it’s hard to estimate the cost of home renovation in this big continent, we have collected some information for you. As you probably know, the cost of labor is significantly lower than in developed countries such as Australia, New Zealand, USA or Canada.

For example, a furniture construction is much cheaper in China or Vietnam than it would be in Canada. Also, the price of new materials is usually lower than in Canada.

Below are our estimates for an average home renovation project:

Home Renovation Cost in Singapore

Average house renovation costs are higher in Singapore than in nearby countries.

For example, the cost of home renovation in Malaysia is usually half of what it would cost you in Singapore. The cost of an average home renovation project in Singapore is between $40,000 and $70,000 for a 3-bedroom apartment. For a 5-bedroom villa it will be between $60,000 and $100,000. A complete home renovation costs a lot more – somewhere between $100,000 to 1 million (or even more).

Home Renovation Cost in Malaysia

Home renovation costs depend a lot on the size of your property and what exactly do you want to do with it. For example, if you need to remodel your bathroom it will cost you around $5,000-$20,000 depending on the size of your bathroom and whether you are going to install new cabinets or just repaint the walls.

On the other hand, if you need to repaint an entire house and replace all windows it will require about $25,000-$80,000 or more.

There are various government bodies that offer financial assistance for home renovations. You can get up to $15,000 of a loan per property and it’s easy to get the money.

You just need to fill in an application form and wait a couple of weeks for the decision. You can also apply for a grant from Property Redevelopment Fund if you want to renovate your property but you don’t have enough money to do it yourself.

The cost of home renovation in Malaysia is usually between $5,000 and $30,000 depending on the size of your property and what exactly do you want to do with it.

For example, if you need to remodel your bathroom it will cost you around $5,000-$20,000 depending on the size of your bathroom and whether you are going to install new cabinets or just repaint the walls. On the other hand, if you need to repaint an entire house and replace all windows it will require about $25,000-$80,000 or more.

Home Renovation Cost in Indonesia

The cost of home renovation in Indonesia is not as high as in Australia or New Zealand but lower than in neighboring countries such as Singapore or Malaysia.

For example, a total home renovation of a small apartment will cost you around $20,000-$40,000 (excluding furniture). On the other hand, if you need to install new flooring in your 5-bedroom villa it will require about $35,000-$60,000 or more.

You can get additional government financial assistance for home renovations and repairs. The amount of financial assistance is not high but still, it’s better than nothing if you need to renovate your house but don’t have enough money for it. You can also apply for a grant from Housing Development Fund if you want to renovate your property but you don’t have enough money to do it yourself.

Home Renovation Cost in Philippines

Home renovation costs are usually lower in Philippines than in neighboring countries such as Malaysia or Indonesia.

For example a total home renovation of a small apartment will cost you around $10,000-$20,000 (excluding furniture). On the other hand, if you need to install new flooring in your 5-bedroom villa it will require about $25,000-$35,000 or more.

If you want to apply for government financial assistance or grant for home renovation, visit the National Housing Authority (NHA). You can also apply for a loan from the NHA. The amount of the loan depends on the size of your renovation project and it ranges from $5,000 to $10,000.

Home Renovation Tips

The cost of home renovation in Asia ranges from $5,000 to $100,000 depending on the country and size of your property.


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