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The Ultimate List of Interior Designers To Avoid In Singapore

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$55,000 an average cost of renovating a HDB flat

According to Consumers Association of Singapore, complaints involving contractors (renovation and interior design) take up 8% of the total complaints in the year 2017.

This percentage could have been higher given that a lot of such cases usually go unreported.

With renovation being one of the large ticket items for Singaporean couples, a trustworthy interior designing contractor is important. In the first 7 months of the year 2017, a total contract value of $8,420,000 was received over renovation complaints.

The ultimate list of interior designers to avoid in Singapore

To come out with the ultimate list, we combined the list we found on SMRT Feedback with that on Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE).

If you are looking to get a package from any of the contractor in the list below, do think twice.

No.Name of Interior Designer to Avoid
13Latte Pte Ltd
2Absolute Design Associates Private Limited
3A-Build Construction Pte/Ltd
4A'Conceptz Design & Renovation Pte Ltd
6Alam Living Interior Design Consultant -Ms Siti Hawa Bte Othman
7Am Construction Technology Pte Ltd
8Ansana Pte.Ltd.
9Apco Pte Ltd
10Bayview Concepts Pte Ltd
11Behome Design Concept -Ng Chun Kiat
12Blink 23 Pte Ltd
13Blu Pin I.D Pte Ltd - Sia Chun Yi(She JunYi)
14Briggs Design Pte Ltd/ Pemplas Interior Pte Ltd
16Chan Chee Seng( Zeng ZhiSheng )
17Chan Yi Quian Brenden t/a Board of Designers
18Chia Su Yung
19Chiam Ser Ko t/a Festal Interior Reno
20Chong Sen Construction Pte Ltd
21Colour Centre Pte Ltd
22Cozy Loft Pte Ltd
23Creaction Design Pte Ltd
24Creative Interior Design - Mr Tan Yong Heng
25Da Vidbox Designs Pte Ltd
26De Ir Pte Ltd
27Décor Studio Pte Ltd
28D’Concept Design Private Limited
29D'Poh Interior Pte Ltd
30Dream Innovatus Home
31Eco Intergrated Pte Ltd
32Edsel Design&Renovation Pte Ltd
33Eins Construction Pte ltd
34Elementz Design Studio
35EL-FA Team Pte Ltd
36Emmanuel Reno & Services
37ER Concept Plt Ltd
38Expeditious Pte Ltd
40Façade Holdings Pte Ltd
42Foccus Interior Pte Ltd
43Focusstudio Pte Ltd
44Fu Fang Ruo t/a Bizwiz Construction & Services
45Genesis ID Pte Ltd
46Genesis ID Pte Ltd
47GS Creative Pte Ltd
48Haller (Far East) Private Limited
49Hauslab Design&Build Pte Ltd
50Hiaxia Crystal Constrcution Pte Ltd
51Hong Choon Building Construction
52I1 Reno Pte Ltd
53Icon D'Zigne Pte Ltd
54Icon Studio P/L
55IDA Construction Pte Ltd
56Illusion Design & Contract Pte Ltd
57In-Base Interior Design -Tan Lay Nah
58Innerspace Interior Pte Ltd
59Island Lifestyle Group Pte.Ltd.
60J-Plan Associates Pte Ltd
61J-Plan Associates Pte.Ltd.
62JS Devise Private Limited
63JST Creations t/a Tan Lay Hoon
64K Jensen Pte Ltd
65Ke Kim Ching t/a Goodrich Building and Trading
66Kenreno Construction&Trading
67KK Workshop Pte Ltd
68Koon Seng Renovation Contractor
69Lau Yong Koi t/a Crystal Pool Building and Services
70Lim Lee Hoon t/a Junying Design&Construction
71Limmax ID Pte Ltd
72Lines & Angels Private Limted
73Linewerkz Pte Ltd
74Luxur I.D. Pte Ltd
75Markwell Design&Contract Pte Ltd
77H Klassic Pte Ltd
78MH Builders Pte Ltd - Mr Chng Chee Ann
79Mr Lim Soo Tat t/a Roca Vida
80Mr Teo E-Shen
81Mr Yang Johnson
82Mr Zulkanain Bin Amin
83Mycenean Design-Profession Pte Ltd
84New Age Construction&Trading Pte Ltd
85Nexus Interior Pte.Ltd.
86Ng Meng Teck formerly t/a Ben Design&Build
87Omni Construction Pte Ltd
88OP3 International Pte Ltd
89Penthouse Interior&Trading Pte Ltd
90PNI Homes Pte Ltd
91Point Design City Development Pte.Ltd.
92Point Design City Development Pte.Ltd.
93Reka Bina Pte Ltd (RB Services Pte Ltd)
95Sek Loong Trading& Construction Service Pte Ltd
96Sim Wee Kiat t/a Witz Studio
97Siong Lee Contractor
99Solidform Trading - Koh Huang Sim
100Studio Q Design(Pte Ltd)
101Tan Meng Hua
102Tan Tian Bok/Tan Tian Ci both t/a Jiamei Furnishings
103Techgroup E&C Pte Ltd
104The Creative Formation Pte Ltd
105The Metaphysics Practice -Kua Joo Siang Raymond (Hafary as Third party)
107Timlord Construction Pte.Ltd
108TMG Cornerstone Pte.Ltd.
109Tycoon Construction Pte Ltd
110Vent Engineering Pte Ltd
111Wallstreet Interior Pte Ltd
112Well-Know Engineering Pte Ltd
113Weng Stone Trading Pte Ltd
114Workshop I.D & Build Pte Ltd
115WTH Builders
116WYS Engineering & Construction P/L
117YKS Builders & Engineering P/L
118Zen Seng Pte Ltd
120ZQ Studio Pte Ltd - Victor Yeong Kong Khuen
122Vector Design

Further reading: How to spot a renovation scam?

The sad part about renovation scams is the long process before it gets reported.

  • A victim needs to first recognise that he has been scammed. This process usually takes up months before the realisation kicks.
  • Usually, quite a huge amount of money is involved which means a troublesome process for the victim in hope of recouping his loss through various means.

By the time a scam got reported, a few other victims would have fallen for the scam by the same ” interior company”.

Types of renovation scams

There are a few common scam methods being adopted these days:

  • Work not done after initial payment, with work falling short of what was promised. When victims grew anxious about the completion deadline of their home, the contractor demanded further payment.
  • Interior designers falling to provide the promised service after payment.
  • Provides an attractive renovation package, but materials used were not of the promised quality.
  • There are also cases where interior designers disappeared after the first payment was made.

What can consumers look out for?

As mentioned in one of our interviews with 4 interior design experts, here are some things we can lookout for.

  • It is important to research the credentials and history of the interior designer that you will be using, before making your first payment.
  • While cheaper packages may seem attractive, it usually comes with a price. One of such is the compromising of quality of the materials used.
  • It is important to set a realistic budget and educate yourself on the information on sales and promotions before heading out to search for an interior designer.
  • Usually getting a quotation from a few interior designers is necessary. If a package appears too good to be true, it probably is.
  • The most one should be paying is a 20% deposit at most. If the interior designer is asking for a percentage such as 50%, maybe it is time to think twice.
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