Last year, my wife’s family bought a house and renovated it, although rebuilt would be a better word when taking into account the amount of work involved. The house was very old, being built in the 1950’s and in bad shape, functioning as a home for a big family that had lived there since it was built but who were heavily in debt. The house had a small canteen in the front selling simple food. Water leaked through the low ceilings and the walls were damp and mouldy. Too many rooms with bad air circulation contributed to this problem, together with a very old and leaking roof.
However, the house was sitting on land close to the center of the city and was very cheap. The price was negotiated down even further, the owner agreed to pay all the Notary Public ‘s fees, and the sale signed afterwhich four contractors were invited to give quotations to renovate the house.
The going rate for building a house or for major renovations is Rp2 million per square meter for low quality, and Rp3 million for medium quality. With a land size of just over 200 m2 and a building size of about 150 m2 downstairs and 50m2 upstairs, quotations mostly in the range of Rp400 to Rp600 million were received. After negotiating with the contractors a quotation of Rp280 million was decided and a contract signed.
This thread outlines the renovation of the house from start to finish describing problems encountered along the way and with photos.