The Truth About Condo Renovation Costs in the Philippines

Condo Design, Condo Living, Homemaking.

Whether it’s a DMCI Homes condo or not, it’s an open secret that condo units look pretty much the same outside and inside. Luckily, homeowners can hire professional help to renovate their homes to have a unique design. If you’re planning to do the same for your condo, it would be wise to know how much an interior design condo package in the Philippines can cost you before jumping the gun.

Before we talk about pricing, it would be best to find out what are the steps to get your condo unit renovated first because things can get complicated real quick. Here’s what you need to know before you get started.

Find out what you want

First of all, you need to identify what it is you want. Do you want more storage room? Is there a specific theme or material you want to be used? Do you want a piece of furniture to stand out?

List down what you want to change in your condo unit so you can plan the renovations properly. Knowing what you want will give your interior designer and contractor a general direction on what they must do to turn your condo into your dream home. Most importantly,  to establish a budget limit and prepare an emergency fund.

Talk to an interior designer

We understand that designing your home can be fun and save you money, but, unless you have an artistic eye, chances are things won’t match and your condo would look like an architectural mess.

With that in mind, it would be best that you consult a professional interior designer to do the work even if condo interior design cost in the Philippines can be a bit costly. They can help you with condo unit renovation plans and find a way to make it work for the budget you set. Don’t be ashamed to tell them what you like and don’t like from their suggestions. After all, it’s your house and you’re paying them.

Canvass renovation packages

Now that you know what you want and have talked to an interior designer, it’s time to canvass how much you’ll be spending on both materials and labor. Affordable house renovation in the Philippines can be hard to find so it would be best to talk to several contractors and ask for a quotation for your condo unit.

Find out which of them can provide the best service for your money the fastest. In the construction business, the longer a project takes, the more money you will have to shell out. And that’s why knowing who can renovate your condo the fastest or within your timeline is important.

Request for permission from your condo’s admin

Before you even think of officially hiring the contractor to start on your unit, you need to secure a permit from the condo’s admin.

Present the complete design plans of the project

This should cover everything from the condo’s architecture all the way to furniture. Make sure that it’s signed and sealed by a licensed architect. If the plans meet the requirements of the admin’s criteria, construction can begin right away after you pay the construction fee.

Secure the permits

Get the permits for the contractor, carpenters, and other workers needed for the renovation of your condo, as well as the delivery permit.  That’s because work can only be done on certain days and hours. Sometimes, the contractor is the one who does all of these.

Insure your workers

You’ll also have to pay insurance for the workers. You might also notice a small spike in your association dues to cover the other construction expenses.

Condo renovation costs in the Philippines

Now that all the documents, plans, designs, and workers are ready, it’s time to know how much it would cost to have each room renovated.

Renovation cost per square meter in the Philippines can be a bit high. The average cost of house renovation in the Philippines may cost as low as Php6,000 to  Php30,000 per square meter. It really depends on the appliances, furniture, fixtures, and decorations that will be installed in your condo unit.

Tearing down the existing walls and fixtures in your condo can set you back Php10,000 to Php15,000. Thankfully, this will include hauling the trash out. Tile work will cost at an average of Php20,000, depending on your floor area and the type of tiles you will be using.

Making the living room livable

living room curtain rod and white curtain

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There are several key items you need for your living room to be “livable.” This will include a TV, sofa, small table, carpet, and a small window type air conditioning unit or electric fan. This may cost around Php45,000 in total.

A kitchen for the gods

A beautiful kitchen will entice even the novice cook to use it. So it would be best to invest a little bit more in the kitchen renovation cost. A modular kitchen closet and granite countertop can be priced around Php10,000 and increases depending on your budget. Add Php5,000 and you get a nice stove, sink, and faucet to go with it. Tiles for the flooring can go for Php200 to Php500 per piece. Costs may change, depending on what else you want to be installed in the kitchen.

Create a cozy bedroom

The bedroom is your sanctuary, so it should be cozy enough to rest and relax in. A mattress is priced around Php4,000 to Php15,000, curtains can be bought for Php2,000, while other fixtures can amount to a total of Php20,000 or more, depending on your lifestyle. If you want to have a walk-in closet built, prepare to shell out around Php35,000 for the doors, shelves, and wirings.

Wash up in a classy bathroom


Bathroom designs are either creativity or budget driven. Some don’t use tiles and instead have the floor brushed up with lacquer, while others spend a fortune on the tiles. The same thing goes with the bathtub (if it fits), shower, and wash area fixtures. So it would be best to check your bank account and decide how much you’re willing to spend to have it renovated, just make sure that you don’t forget the bathroom essentials.

Obviously, renovation can leave a huge dent in your bank account so make sure that your project sticks to its timeline. You can also swap or re-use existing furniture to save on cash. Ultimately, it boils down to how much you’re willing to spend to making your condo living more unique.


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