60 Quick Renovation Tips For 1st Time Homeowners

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There is a beginner’s guide for you so that you can renovate your first home with little stress. In this post, interior designers and renovation experts spill their best home renovation tips for 1st-time homeowners.


60 Quick Renovation Tips For 1st Time Homeowners

Design: United Team Lifestyle


#01. Use washable wall paint for high-traffic areas so that smudges and dirt can be easily wiped off.

#02. Hack the walls only when absolutely necessary since this may depreciate the property value if you wish to sell in the future.

#03. Avoid hacking half-walls since it is more expensive than fully hacked walls.

#04. Consider using wallpaper or decals as a feature wall since they are much cheaper and can be easily refreshed.


#05. Use larger tiles to make the living room look bigger and easier to clean since there are lesser grout lines.

#06. Use marble or wood look-alike homogeneous floor tiles since they are more economical and easier to maintain.


#07. Make the ceiling appear higher by installing the curtain rails at the top most ceiling edge and ensure that the curtain length reaches the floor.

#08. Set aside an additional half inch for the curtain length in case the material shrunk after wash.

60 Quick Renovation Tips For 1st Time Homeowners

Design: Team Interior Design


#09. Make the place look roomier by choosing low-slung furniture that hugs the floor.

#10. Decide on the furniture first before deciding on the interior design theme, since it is harder to find the furniture to match the theme.


#11. Place the laminate samples against the wall if you want to match them with the wall colour.

#12. Avoid using textured laminates since dirt gets easily trapped on an uneven surface.


#13. Ensure that there is sufficient clearance for the robot vacuum electrical plugs and docking base for installation of the robot vacuum cubbie under the cabinet.

#14. Set aside an additional 1.5cm of depth, due to the protruding parquet skirting, for living room cabinet carpentry.

Light switches and electrical points

#15. Install a light switch near the entrance so that the switch is within reach once you reach home at night.

#16. Install the electrical points nearer to the floor so that the messy plugs and electrical wires can be hidden behind the low-slung TV console.

Electrical Appliances

#17. Avoid installing the air conditioner directly above the TV console in case of plugged condensate line, which causes the water to drip right onto the TV.

#18. Install the ceiling fan at least 18 inches from the surrounding walls.


60 Quick Renovation Tips For 1st Time Homeowners

Design: Elique.co


#19. Choose satin, semi-gloss or high-gloss finish paint for the kitchen since it is easy to clean and is resistant to mildew, stains and dirt.

#20. Porcelain wall tile is harder, denser and less porous than regular ceramic tile and hence a good choice for high-traffic areas in the kitchen.


#21. Use larger tiles to make the living room look bigger and easier to clean since there are lesser grout lines.

#22. Choose anti-slip tiles for areas which are prone to be wet.


#23. Install high-pressure laminates as they are able to withstand heat and moisture.

#24. Use edge-banded finish to seal the exposed sides of the laminates and to protect the core material from humidity.


#25. Antimicrobial Countertop such as Quartz, it’s non-porous, which makes it easy to clean and resistant to the incursion of bacteria and other germs.

#26. Choose the bullnose countertop edge finish since it is a more kid-friendly option due to its soft, semi-circular edge profile.

#27. Increase the countertop surface with the kitchen sink cover, which made of the same material as the countertop.

60 Quick Renovation Tips For 1st Time Homeowners

Design: The Interior Lab


#28.  Ensure that there are no gaps between the ceiling and the upper kitchen cabinet to prevent dust from being trapped in between.

#29. Use marine-grade plywood for the kitchen sink cabinet since it is more water durable than regular plywood.

Lighting and electrical points

#30. Install a task lighting above the kitchen countertop where you prepare your food.

#31. Spread the electrical points along the kitchen counter so that the kitchen appliances will not cluster in one corner of the countertop.


60 Quick Renovation Tips For 1st Time Homeowners

Design: The Interior Lab


#32. Choose moisture-resistant paint such as Dulux BATHROOM+ EMULSION PAINT so that the walls and ceiling will not mould.

#33. Install grab bars at strategic corners of the bathroom so that they can also be used for hanging towels.

#34. Curb the mould growth by installing a wall ventilation fan to keep the bathroom dry.


#35. Use anti-slip R10 to R11 rated floor tiles to prevent accidental slips.

#36. Choose a coloured grout and sealant if you are using dark coloured floor tiles.


#37. Set aside 12 cm for the shelf depth if you wish to keep toilet rolls within reach in the bathroom.

#38. Use a corner vanity unit to save extra space if the bathroom is compact.

#39. Install silicone bumpers on the cabinet door to prevent surface damage when it slams against the wall.

Water taps

#40. Use thimbles which are water-saving devices in the water taps and showerheads to reduce water flow.

#41. Install basin mixers so that you have ease of access to warm and cold water.

60 Quick Renovation Tips For 1st Time Homeowners

Design: ECasa Studio

Water basin

#42. Avoid slim or shallow styles since they are only suited to powder rooms, where they are used for washing hands.

#43. Use integral sinks which are easier to maintain since they are made from the same material as the countertop they are set into.


#44. Install backup lighting such as cove lighting in the bathroom in case the primary lighting is not working and needed some time to be fixed.

#45. Use accent lights in the form of hidden LED strips around the mirror or around the vanity area.

#46. Consider using motion sensor lighting so that you do not need to fiddle with the switches when you need to visit the bathroom in the middle of the night.


#47. Install a door sweeper at the bottom of the door to prevent humidity and moisture from leaking into the master bedroom.

#48. Use clear vinyl wrap for the bottom of the wooden door to prevent it from water logged after it is in contact with water.


60 Quick Renovation Tips For 1st Time Homeowners

Design: ECasa Studio


#49. Consider using smart glass or switchable privacy glass technology for switching of glass walls from transparent to opaque with the flip of a switch for on-demand privacy control.


#50. Use blackout night curtains for optimum privacy and to keep the light out.

#51. Use velvet since it is thick and excellent for insulating the room against the tropical heat.

#52. Choose a thicker curtain rod since it is more versatile and can hold the weight of any fabric.

60 Quick Renovation Tips For 1st Time Homeowners

Design: Brickwood Studio


#53. Install soft felt glides underneath the bed frame and chairs as they will protect the hardwood floors from being scratched.

#54. Consider using multifunctional furniture such as a storage bed frame or head bed, since they can help extend the storage volume without taking up extra space.


#55. Use sliding wardrobe doors instead of casement doors when there is inadequate clearing space for the doors to open.

#56. Create a seamless facade by extending the adjoining wardrobe laminate design with the master bedroom en suite’s door.

Lighting and electrical points

#57. Ensure that there are sufficient electrical points in the bedroom for humidifier and charging of personal mobile devices next to the bed.

#58. Install wall lights at the sides of the bed for nighttime reading and switches that control all of the lights in the bedroom.

Home cinema

#59. Set aside a distance of 3 to 8 feet from the projector to the wall for short-throw projectors. Avoid using textured wall treatments since the unevenness will show up in the projection.


#60. Install weather stripping at the doorframe, so that when the door is closed, light and air-con are unable to leak through the door opening.

This article was originally posted on Renonation.sg, Singapore’s leading renovation and interior design site.

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