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Renovation Prices: BTO Vs Resale

Do you think renovating a new home costs less than a resale home? Or is it the other way around? People looking to get homes of their own inevitably have to go through this phase of comparison. Renovating a house is not an easy task. It takes a whole lot of time, effort, and money. Which items do you want to keep if you’re moving into a second-hand flat? How much would flooring cost if you want it done over? Luckily for you, we’ve done all the researching and comparing. Simply refer to the two tables below for a list of relevant information. Do keep in mind that there are several optional components and that everything varies according to the needs and wants of each individual.

Table 1: Main differences between BTO and resale flats

New BTO

Resale
– Unfurnished

*Can have the following items pre-installed before official move-in:
– Sanitary fittings and internal doors (not available separately)
– Floor finishes for the bedrooms and living rooms
– A kitchen partition wall
– Other elderly fittings (buyers who opt for this must also opt for floor finishes)

– Might have a few furnishings depending on negotiation with previous homeowner(s). This also heavily depends on the novelty of the furnishings.
– No existing floorings, cabinets, etc.

– Save on hacking costs

– Blank canvas to create ideal living space

– Possible to select an apartment in good condition to save time, money & effort

– If you want a new design/do-over, spend more on hacking

– New home, no repair works to worry about – Old homes often come with defects such as pipe leakages, ceiling cracks, etc.
– Have to do basic electrical wiring to ensure there are enough electrical sockets, etc. – Advised to change electrical wiring every 20 years
– Replacement of full height windows (including 3/4 height and bay windows) is strictly not allowed

– Save on window works

– Old or damaged windows have to be replaced

*Only available for 3-room, 4-room, 5-room, 3Gen, 99-year lease 2-room Flexi, and Short-lease 2-room Flexi flats. Cost of chosen components will be added to purchase price of flat.

Table 2: Possible areas to be renovated and relevant costs

Components Specifics Cost (Estimated)
Living Room Design, fabricate & install TV console $1,000 ~ $1,600
Design, fabricate & install wall structure at TV area $1,000 ~ $1,500
Bathroom Construct door kerb, overlay “non-slip” floor, etc. $2,000 ~ $3,000
Design, fabricate & install vanity cabinet $400 ~ $500
Supply & install quartz tabletop $400 ~ $500
Supply & install tempered glass shower screen with door $500 ~ $600
Kitchen Repair damaged walls, apply wall plastering, etc. $1,000 ~ $1,500
Design, fabricate & install fridge cabinet $400 ~ $500
Design, fabricate & install kitchen top cabinets $1,000 ~ $1,200
Design, fabricate & install kitchen bottom cabinets $900 ~ $1,200
Supply & install quartz tabletop $1,000 ~ $1,300
Bedroom Design, fabricate & install wardrobe $2,000 ~ $2,300
Design, fabricate & install bedside table/dresser $700 ~ $800
Design, fabricate & install headboard feature wall $1,000 ~ $1,200
Window Works Fixed panel $3,000 ~ $3,500
1 set of swing doors at entrance $600 ~ $700
Supply labour & material for aluminium sliding window $600 ~ $700
Apply coloured powder-coating for item above $100 ~ $120
Door Works Supply & install veneer door $300 ~ $400
(Optional) Upgrade to solid door $100 ~ $200
Flooring Works Supply & install heavy duty vinyl flooring with skirting at kitchen & service balcony $800 ~ $900
Supply & install heavy duty vinyl flooring with skirting at foyer living room, dining room & corridor $2,000 ~ $2,500
Supply & install heavy duty vinyl flooring with skirting at bedroom $800 ~ $1,400
Carpentry Works Design, fabricate & install shoe cabinet $2,000 ~ $2,600
False Ceiling / Partition Works Construct low-height gypsum board partition wall between living room & bedroom $600 ~ $700
Design & construct plaster board false ceiling in master bedroom $800 ~ $900
Masonry Works Foyer, living room, dining room & corridor $300 ~ $400
Plumbing Works Kitchen (dismantle & install) $100 ~ $150
Common bathroom (dismantle & install) $400 ~ $500
Master bathroom (dismantle & install) $300 ~ $350
Miscellaneous / General Services Supply labour & materials to paint whole unit’s wall & ceiling $1,500 ~ $1,600
Supply labour & materials to paint exposed PVC sewage piping & door frames $200 ~ $250
Supply labour & materials to paint wall area in master bedroom $500 ~ $600
General cleaning upon completion (2 times) $200 ~ $250
 *Disclaimer: All figures are approximations. Numbers may vary for every individual.

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Final product examples:

 

Fuse Concept
Fernvale Link BTO ($70,000) vs Yishun Ring Road Resale ($50,000)

 

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Living Room

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Kitchen



Free Space Intent

Montreal Link BTO ($65,000) vs Tiong Bahru Resale ($95,000)

 

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Bedroom

FreeSpaceIntent-BTO-Resale-LivingRoom-02
Living Room



Ace Space Design

Yishun Avenue 9 BTO ($32,000) vs Tampines Street 83 Resale ($89,000)

 

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Dining Area

AceSpace-BTO-Resale-LivingRoom
Living Room

AceSpace-BTO-Resale-Kitchen
Kitchen

AceSpace-BTO-Resale-Bedroom
Bedroom



I-Bridge Design

Blk 258C Punggol Field BTO ($41,000) vs Rivervale Crescent Resale ($52,000)

 

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Living Room

IBridge-BTO-Resale-StudyRoom
Study

IBridge-BTO-Resale-Bedroom
Bedroom


 

D5 Studio Image
Punggol Field BTO ($40,000) vs Upper Thomson Road Resale ($26,000)

 

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Living Room

d5studioimage-BTO-Resale-Kitchen
Kitchen


 

Space Define Interior
Punggol Central BTO ($46,000) vs Bishan Resale ($130,000)

 

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Bedroom

SpaceDefine-BTO-Resale-Bathroom
Bathroom

SpaceDefine-BTO-Resale-DiningArea
Dining Area


 

Fifth Avenue Interior
Pasir Ris Drive 1 BTO ($10,000) vs Toa Payoh Lorong 8 Resale ($35,000)

 

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Dining Area

FifthAve-BTO-Resale-LivingRoom
Living Room


 

Chapter B
Tampines GreenLeaf BTO ($48,500) vs Towner Road Resale ($50,000)

 

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Living Room

ChapterB-BTO-Resale-DiningArea
Dining Area

ChapterB-BTO-Resale-Bedroom
Bedroom

ChapterB-BTO-Resale-Kitchen
Kitchen


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