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Simple steps for renovating your new home

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The search is on: 

Looking for your first home is a big step in your life. Scouting for a good location, picking a type of house, fixing your budget, then finally moving into the property is a long and often stressful process. And while you may have found a good home, it may come empty and need a bit more personalisation. This will be another task that will take time, money and attention.

Below are a few basic tips for first-time homebuyers to help decorate and settle into your new home, thanks to Realestate.com.kh:

Interior design concept:

Before you get started, consider what your design concept will be and what you personally want for your house. In line with this, there are three types of concepts you can select, including traditional, modern and contemporary. Whatever concept you choose, the overall goal should be to turn the empty space into a flexible and multi-functional area.

In Cambodia, some people believe in feng shui, and think this layout concept offers more luck for the family. So you may want to  consider this when renovating and decorating as it will boost your chances of a higher resale of the property in the future.

Budget plan:

Homeowners will always need to look at their budget before considering any plan of the interior design of the house. You can have a design firm check to see if the master plan will fit into your budget. A rendered sketch is first designed by the interior designer to show the property owner for approval. After this, a clear quotation is issued. You can now use this to cross-check if the design fits your budget. Normally, for this service, a minimum price starts at about $4,000. However, you can spend more or less depending on the type of materials you prefer.


Materials are a significant factor that can help your house become more attractive. There are many types of materials you can choose from, including either recycled or modern materials. In Cambodia, however, recycled material sometimes costs more than the modern due to a lack of resources – including equipment and specialists. The quality of materials determine the price of each type.

Contractors and interior service:

Choosing an interior design firm doesn’t mean you choose the contractor. You can choose the interior firm for both designing and construction services. But you can also hire them separately.

As a suggestion, homeowners should avail of both services from one company because it’s easier in terms of coordination. Hence, the process is bound to finish on time and to spec.

Keep your eyes on the interior design firm:

You can let the contractor do their work, but you need to check on the progress of the design in order to make sure everything is done correctly and that everything will be completed as scheduled. Ensure the materials you ordered are not being exchanged for cheaper replacements and make sure that workers are not cutting corners in the work.

Find out more about making the most out of your property investment on realestate.com.kh today.

James Whitehead is Director of Content @Realestate.com.kh

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