You Are Paying More For Renovation Now


You Are Paying More For Renovation Now




If you have signed your renovation contract on or after June 1, you’ll likely have to pay more.


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That’s because a new rule — which requires pre-packed cement to be used throughout Housing Board flats — has driven up charges.


In some cases, HDB dwellers may end up paying as much as $3,000 to revamp their digs, The Straits Times reported.







Before the rule

Contractors would manually mix cement, sand and water on-site to do up floors and walls.


Pre-packed material was previously mandatory only in wet areas such as toilets and kitchens.


After the rule

Contractors just have to add water to the pre-packed screed mix to use it.


Pre-packed material to be used throughout the flat to ensure cleaner environment and more uniform finishes, said HDB.

Benefits of using pre-packed screed:

► It is blended to the required proportions at the factory and requires minimal on-site preparation.

► It offers a higher quality of finished work and less material waste.



► More expensive than using raw sand and cement.

► Contractors have to buy the pre-packed screed in bulk and work out how they should charge customers.

► Workers may find the pre-packed material stickier, harder to use and more time-consuming​.


A HDB spokesman said the use of the pre-packed material “makes up a small part of the overall renovation costs”.



He added that after checking with the industry, they estimate that renovation works for a five-room flat will cost about $1,500 more — although this also depends on the extent of renovation and labour costs.



The new regulation was initially due to take effect last December and renovation contractors were first told of the change a year ago.


But many asked the HDB for more time to prepare.   Associate Professor Tan Teng Hooi, head of SIM University’s building and project management programme, said:


“The old method of manually mixing sand, cement and water depends largely on personal judgment or trial and error.


“Using pre-packed material will ensure better quality in terms of consistency and finishing.”


Mr Jon Nio, 29, will move into his four-room flat in Clementi once renovation works are done. The public relations consultant signed his renovation contract in early May and so is unaffected by the new rule.


“I’m glad I’m not affected because every cent counts,” said Mr Nio, who expects to pay about $35,000 in renovation costs. “The extra money spent on the pre-packed screed could cover items such as a washing machine and television set.”

Source: The Straits Times



Price of new pre-mixed screed in HDB


What this means for renovation and interior design in Singapore is a price increase. This is due to material cost and labour cost. In terms of material cost, pre-mixed screed is more expensive.



Extra trouble of combining cement and sand. This cost will vary as more experience on screeding is gained. A good estimate would be about $0.50 psf. The same can be applied to labour cost.



Pre-mixed screed is said to be harder to apply. More effort is needed by workers. There is a learning curve.



The industry will equilibrate to a price but an estimate is also about $0.50 psf, making the effective increase in total cost to be about $1 psf. For a 3-room HDB, this is about $700; 4-room HDB, $900; 5-room HDB, $1100.



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  • Vincent

    I like to know, so if we sign before June from id. We will not need pay the pre-mix cement even if we get the keys on June? Cos I signed before June, but key collection was on June. Yet Hdb provide only free screed if I using laminate flooring. But I chided use my wooden tiles. And pay for the pre-mix cement now. Which we can't appeal from Hdb but already signed before June... Pls let me know what is right? Am I been chop carrot?