7 Home Renovation Costs You Need to Consider


Home renovations have experienced a surge in popularity in recent years. Regardless of the increasing cost of construction supplies mostly during the COVID-19 -pandemic, several more house owners hopped on the idea of renovating their homes, either for convenience or to maximize financial returns. If executed properly, home renovations can be life-changing, satisfying, and empowering. A home renovation is an exciting experience, may it be remodeling the bathroom, repainting the bedrooms, or modernizing the dining area. And yet, as with any changes, you may encounter numerous potential difficulties. A common mistake among homeowners when it comes to home renovations is that they jump right into the operation without knowing what to anticipate, such as the renovation costs. Then they would feel bad not coming up with a plan on what to prepare for the renovation after suffering the consequences of a failed renovation project.

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Renovating your home can become the most challenging time of your life, from inappropriate equipment to major delays and even extra unforeseen charges. When you are not totally ready for your renovation work, you will become overloaded and stressed by the handful of screw-ups that may occur unexpectedly. Renovations are not quite as basic as they appear on your social media group such as Home Buddies. The truth of the matter is that it takes a considerable amount of effort, time, and finances. But unless you desire to do it correctly as a first-timer, you should always think about and plan ahead of time on what to prepare for your home renovation.

Even though you will not be able to foresee every component of using a machine for your renovation project, the more precise you prepare ahead of time, the fewer extra renovation costs you will incur. The majority of the extra expenses of carrying out your home renovation can be avoided with precise consideration. For reasonable renovation costs, making a budget that accounts for unexpected expenses ahead of time will help you stay away from potential drawbacks and issues.

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Here is a rundown of what you need to prepare for your home renovation:

Consider the size and scope of what you will renovate

There are several methods for calculating the cost of a home renovation, but the simplest is by employing the area method. Simply multiply the home area (square meter) to be renovated by the “cost per square meter.” A typical renovation project will be priced between P15,000 and P20,000 per square meter. This is considered an average because a number of things can affect this cost to go up or fall.

Consult or hire experts for your project

Consider hiring contractors as they can help to make the renovation process go a little faster and smoother. These experts not only have the necessary equipment and knowledge to complete the job precisely, but they can also accomplish it quickly. Fees for contractors and labor will account for 38-40% of total renovation project costs.

If the contractor fee is too high, you have the option to look for laborers by yourself. The Philippine Labor Guide lists laborers’ hourly and daily rates. Simply multiply the number of construction days by the daily cost of labor. Also, assess yourself if you can handle leading these workers.  Otherwise, use these figures to bargain. The average daily cost for skilled labor (foreman, plumber, operators, driver, leadman, electrician, etc.) is approximately Php 500-650, while unskilled labor (cleaner, assistant) is approximately Php 400-500.

Take into account if you will need any permits

Bear in mind that there are types of home renovations that necessitate city government permits. All renovation projects, with the exception of purely aesthetic interior advancements, necessitate a building permit under the Philippine National Building Code. An authority will inspect and evaluate the renovation arrangements you completed as part of the Building Permit process to ensure that they comply with the National Building Code of the Philippines (PD 1096), the Fire Code of the Philippines (RA 9514), as well as your Local Building Code. The payment of your property permit fees is estimated to be around Php 6, 000 or higher because it is dependent upon the size of your property, location, and overall renovation plan.

Consider interior and exterior finishing

This is often dominated by the ceiling and walls to be followed by the doors, windows, and ceilings. This accounts for 70% of total renovation project costs.

Take into account bathroom works and fixtures

Adding more bathrooms implies doing more tasks. Also, be wary that a bathtub will make you spend more than a simple showerhead. So make sure to look for affordable bathroom fixtures. Plumbing works account for 30% of your total renovation project costs.

Allot budget for electrical works

Many old houses have daunting and troublesome electrical systems. For starters, infestations from pests may have already negatively impacted the electrical wires. Electrical works account for 10% of your total renovation project costs.

Account for unexpected expenses

Every old house has damages that may be invisible to the naked eye. May it be in the bedroom walls, under the living room floors, and everywhere in between. A renovation can take those to your awareness. To account for additional expenses, allow at least 10% to 20% of the total renovation cost.


In a nutshell, home renovation is not a simple task and can be really expensive! A lovely home, on the other hand, could indeed make you feel better. Now that you have an idea of the costs to renovate your home, you may be wondering if it is better to renovate your old home or purchase a new one. Truth be told, it is sometimes less expensive to purchase a brand-new house rather than renovate an old one. A lot of brand-new homes sell for around PHP 1.5 million to PHP 2 million. But you may locate these properties in flourishing communities often quite far from Manila. Fortunately, the Greater Manila Area provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal are experiencing a rise in infrastructure and economic development. In contrast to the more distant provinces, Cavite’s accessibility to Metro Manila helps to make a daily commute feasible for students and employees based in Metro Manila. Cavite continues to remain one of the most appealing preferences for those who want to move to Greater Manila, thanks to its remarkable rapid industrialization, outstanding infrastructural facilities, and greater accessibility to the capital city.

BRIA Trece Martires’ residential villages, which provide a variety of the most modern facilities offered in the Philippines today, associated with Cavite’s ideal suburban-like location, make it an enticing pick for those who want to get away from the high cost of living in Metro Manila without sacrificing the comforts of an urbanized way of living.

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BRIA Homes primes itself on developing affordable house and lot packages and easy-on-the-pocket condominium units that cater to ordinary Filipino families who aspire to acquire their own homes. It had become the perfect choice for average Filipino workers who wanted to invest in a high-quality and affordable home.

Interested property seekers can check out BRIA Homes developments through virtual tours on the BRIA website. You may also send inquiries via the official BRIA Facebook page, or reserve a property online through the BRIA reservation page.

Written by: MC Sanchez