In late June, we have decided to purchase our own apartment here in Romania. It was an old two bedroom apartment that hasn’t been renovated since its initial purchase back in 1977… so we knew that there was a lot of work to be done. And today I am here to share with you the costs for renovating an apartment in Romania, as well as the results.
However, the low market price (at 25,000 Euros / $33,850 in 2014) and our desire to have our own home here in Romania made us put our hands deep in the pockets and splash the cash for the purchase. Because, yes, even though the price is extremely low if you compare it with other countries, for us it was a big expense.
You can check out the original article here, with the photos showing the 1977 apartment in its entire glory.
Fast forward a couple of months and we are looking at a completely different apartment. We basically had to replace and repaint everything everywhere, including the electrical wiring, doors and windows.
And although we did hire a team to do this – as it was clearly a job for somebody with a lot of experience and man power compared to me – it still proved to be extremely tiresome and fund drenching. The result? The costs for renovating and apartment in Romania were higher than we had anticipated at first, and you can check them out below:
– $2,460 / 1,863 Euros: payment of the team who spent almost an entire month taking the apartment down and building it up from scratch
– $1,350 / 1,020 Euros : replacing all the old windows with double glazed panels (balcony included)
– $3,300 / 2,500 Euros: Initial Material costs
– $200 / 150 Euros: Additional material costs (mostly the electrical stuff)
– $500 / 380 Euros: Changing the bathroom appliances and purchasing the kitchen sink
– $990 / 750 Euros: Kitchen furniture & installing it
– $69 / 52 Euros : Miscellaneous
GRAND TOTAL: $8869 / 6715 Euros
We were initially anticipating extra costs of just $6,600 / 5,000 Euros, so having to put an extra $2,300 / 1,715 Euros on the table didn’t feel good at all, especially since we still have to purchase most of the furniture and we’ve kind of hit the bottom of our money bucket.
But I personally can sleep on a blanket on the floor for now and I wouldn’t mind. I’m at home and it feels great to own your little place in the world, no matter how cheap the country you live in is. What matters the most is that we have our own place and we’ll soon turn it into our home. There’s no hurry, now that the basics were done.
Do have in mind that when it came to renovating our Romanian apartment, we were on a pretty tight budget. This means that we didn’t go for the most expensive things available, meaning in turn that we’re not talking about top quality stuff here. The electrical part was top notch since you don’t play with this, but otherwise everything was in the medium-low range price-wise.
It’s also important to know that we live in a smaller city and not one of the major ones. In Bucharest, for example, we would’ve easily spent between 10,000 to 15,000 Euros for the same thing (mostly in higher costs for the team handling the renovations).
How does the apartment look like now?
I didn’t manage to take any high quality photos of the place yet, but my wife did some nice before/after shots on her mobile phone and even though the quality of the images is pretty poor (and the place is still pretty dusty), it shows the huge improvement our apartment has seen over the few months. And I promise it looks even better in reality!
So here are the before and after shots of the apartment renovation here in Romania:
By the end of the month, we should get the remaining appliances and hopefully by the end of September, we’ll have the place furnished up at least with the basics so we can move in. We can’t wait to get there, but despite me saying that I’ll sleep on a blanket on the floor, I still prefer a comfortable bed or at least a mattress, so we’re not moving in right now. Just a bit more waiting left, though!
I also promise to take some much better photos and share them with you as soon as everything’s ready and we’re moving in.