Singapore (PRWEB) August 27, 2012
One of the biggest hurdles Singapore homeowners face while considering renovation of their homes or designing the interiors of their brand new homes is finding the perfect interior design ideas. Browsing through hundreds of magazines and cutting out designs which they like is cumbersome and time consuming. And sharing these ‘paper’ ideas with the interior designer is practically difficult.
InteriorDesignSingapore.com aims to eliminate these issues and help Singapore homeowners find their dream designs easily and connect with top Singapore interior designers. At the web portal, home owners can browse through the portfolios of top Singapore interior design firms, ‘pin’ what they like to their profile and share these portfolios with their own interior designers.
Thomas Hoi, Founder of InteriorDesignSingapore.com says, “Currently we have the top 10 Singapore interior design firms on board. Interested homeowners can browse through their design portfolios absolutely free of charge and choose what they like”.
According to Thomas, besides finding the right interior design ideas, another equally important (but difficult) task is finding the right interior designer or contractor. “The Consumer Association of Singapore (CASE) received 1488 complaints against contractors in 2011, which was up from 1313 in 2010. So clearly there are issues here that need to be resolved so that homeowners can have positive experience during their renovation project”, says Thomas.
A study of the CASE data reveals that majority of the complaints that homeowners had with the contractors were on the issues of defective and delayed work, use of inferior materials and overall poor quality of workmanship. Much of these issues and problems can be easily avoided by better communication between the homeowners and the contractors, feels Thomas.
Thomas explains that homeowners are unaware of several technical details of the materials used and thus have flawed expectations of how the finished project will look. And when reality does not match expectations, conflicts arise. Contractors can avoid such conflicts by educating homeowners thoroughly about the materials and what the finished look will be like.
Moreover, homeowners can avoid disappointment at the end of the renovation project by asking the right questions in the beginning. The report on “Avoiding 7 Costly Mistakes” educates homeowners on exactly the right questions to ask.
According to Thomas, these costly mistakes are very common and can be easily avoided by studying the report. The most common mistake, he says, is that homeowners have no idea about their budget. As a result, financial control rests with the designer, which can lead to a hefty bill at the end of the renovation project and much argument and distress for everyone.
Another common mistake homeowners tend to make is to choose the designer who offers the lowest quotation. Such a designer may not deliver on quality, which may prove costly in the long run.
Thomas strongly recommends avoiding verbal contracts. “Verbal contracts almost always result in disputes. Take time out to draft a written contract with the contractor detailing various aspects of the project and associated price. Including completion dates in the contract ensures that the contractor sticks to a schedule.”
In cases where renovation involves demolition and reconstruction, certain legal permission issues may be part of the picture. The significance of written contracts in such scenarios cannot be overemphasized.
With InteriorDesignSingapore.com, besides instant access to inspiring interior design ideas, Singapore homeowners can also learn to avoid painful mistakes committed by other people and have a good experience with their renovation process.
The site is live and ready with portfolios for homeowners to view and share.
About Thomas Hoi
Thomas Hoi is a successful online entrepreneur and co-author of the bestselling book “The Art and Science of Success- Proven Strategies from Today’s Leading Experts”.
To download FREE report "Avoiding 7 Costly Mistakes Clients Make While Hiring an Interior Designer", please visit http://interiordesignsingapore.com/. Like us on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/InteriorDesignSingapore. To schedule an interview, please call +65 9768 0834 or email Thomas Hoi at admin(at)interiordesignsingapore(dot)com
For Media enquiries, contact
Thomas Hoi –
Thomas Hoi LLP
Phone: +65 9768 0834
# # #