I hired an ID and no regrets. Here's what I realised why one was necessary after engaging them:
We don't have time to source and liaise with each of the contractors. And there's so many! Tiling, carpentry, electrical wiring, painters, etc.
There were so many things we didn't think about, like corners and functionality, wiring, etc. If not for our ID, we would have overlooked many of these.
It was tough to visualize and match colours, furniture, etc
Our ID also guided us through the steps for getting our utilities and internet setup (Netlink Trust)
We barely even knew the difference between many materials until our ID educated us on it, such as compressed vs pure wood (I would have gone pure IKEA otherwise!), laminates, granite vs stainless steel sinks, quartz kitchentops vs. EDL compact, etc
There was a LOT of dust and grime accumulated during the hacking and rebuilding process. I wouldn't have enjoyed being onsite all the time for sure.
Our ID also helped us with our furniture sourcing and brought us to JB for cheaper quotes!
All in all, really no regrets. I was like you and contemplated simply engaging contractors to renovate my flat and save the usual ID markup fees, but after embarking on the renovation...trust me, if you have a full-time job it will be close to impossible for you to manage the whole renovation process on your own. Just get an ID - it'll be worth the fee and headaches saved.
So.. one thing my friend did was to speak to a few IDs and get their different opinions, before impl...
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