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Have you ever called for a plumber or a repairman to your home and felt like you got ripped off by expensive service fees? Well, so did we.

Initially, we thought that this was inevitable. After all, we aren’t skilled enough for making a lot of these repairs. But with the rise of Google and YouTube tutorial videos, even the most difficult repair task can be made easy.

The only caveat? You need the right tools. With that, anyone can become a DIY superstar and fix every problem without creating a dent in the wallet thanks to very high fees. Here's a list of the top places for you to get the right tools to do just that, the next time something in your home breaks.

The ultimate home improvement store list

 

Hardware  Shop   Location  Region Contact Best for
Selffix Multiple locations North, South, Central, East, West  

 

– General hardware and convenience
– On-going monthly promotions all year round, premium brands

Mr D.I.Y. Multiple locations North, Central, East, West See Mr DIY section

 

– General hardware and convenience
– OEM tools, appliances and home storage solutions

David Hardware & Electrical

Blk 18 Marsiling Lane, #01-261, Singapore 730018

North 6363-8803

 

– General hardware
– Industrial grade tools, home accessories, TV brackets and water taps

Horme Hardware

 

1, #01-01 Ubi Cres, Number One Building, Singapore 408563
10 Buroh Street, #01-05/06 West Connect Building, Singapore 627564

East, West

6840-8855/
6840-8822

 

– Wide range of general hardware
– Indoor and outdoor paint, bathroom accessories and power tools

NBS Hardware & Houseware Pte Ltd

762 Jurong West Street 75, Singapore 640762 West 6792-0811

 

– Sanitary equipment
– Toilet bowls, bidets and toilet hose

Brandon Hardware Paints & Plumbing Services 3 Everton Park, Singapore 080003 Central 6227-0889

 

– General hardware and tools
– Paints and plumbing equipment

The Hardware Shop 280 Woodlands Industrial Park E5, #01-25, Singapore 757322 North

6684-2252

 

– General hardware
– Tool box essentials (screwdrivers, screws, pliers, etc.)

HardwareOnline.com.sg 27 Playfair Rd, Singapore 367991 North-East 6858-8668

 

– Hardware equipment, light machinery, power tools, welding equipment
– Hand drills, paint and safety gear

SunHee Hardware Paint & Electrical 354 Clementi Ave 2, Singapore 120354 West

6777-1788

 

– General hardware
– Paint and painting accessories

Samroc Paints & Hardware Supply 354 Clementi Ave 2, Singapore 120354 West

6776-7700

 

– General hardware and electrical supplies – Paints and wires

 

1. Selffix

Let’s start with the more familiar brand name: Selffix.
With 14 stores across Singapore, you can find a Selffix store anywhere from the East (Paya Labar, Parkway Parade) to the West (Boon Lay), and the North (Choa Chu Kang) to the South (Harbourfront). Simply key in ‘Selffix’ into your Google Maps to get the exact location of each Selffix store at the palm of your hands.
Besides the wide range of stores across Singapore, Selffix also has its own online store. Through either its online store or physical store, you can get self-fix tools from bathroom accessories, kitchen appliances to painting kits to hardware tools and household cleaning tools.
While prices here might not be as affordable as the rest on this list, they offer monthly promotions and its convenience surely makes up for it. In addition, Selffix also offer free home delivery if you spend more than $80 on its web store.

2. Mr D.I.Y.

Looking for hardware tools, building materials or home storage solutions at low prices? Then you should definitely head to Mr D.I.Y., a Malaysian retail chain that sells a range of hardware and household items to satisfy your DIY needs. The number of Mr D.I.Y. stores across Singapore has been steadily increasing with presence at 10 locations. Most of these stores are located in the western part of Singapore.

How affordable is Mr D.I.Y? Well, a small fire extinguisher costs a mere $3.50 here as compared to $28+ at other stores, saving you at least $24.50. And a heavy duty lock for your front door is priced at $8.90 here as compared to $18+ at other stores.

If you are more of an online shopper, you can also purchase your hardware tools and materials from Mr D.I.Y.’s online store. To save even more, make sure to check out their Facebook or Instagram post for on-going store promotions before making your purchase.

3. David Hardware & Electrical

If you are living in the North, you’ve probably already heard of David Hardware & Electrical. This is an old school general hardware store that has been serving residents of the North for the past few decades.

If you are searching for heavy-duty or industrial grade tools, accessories, TV brackets and water taps, this hardware store will fit all your needs. While it doesn’t have great lighting or shelving like Selffix, be rest assured that it compensates for it with low prices.

Related: Renovation: The best kitchen cabinetry and hardware for your space

4. Horme Hardware

For anyone that lives in the East, Ubi is your go-to place for any hardware-related buys. You can find a hardware shop at almost every corner of the industrial estate of Ubi without having to search too hard. Among the hardware shops in Ubi, Horme Hardware is probably the most popular one.

A warehouse-sized general hardware shop that is located in the industrial estate of Ubi, it sells all kinds of imaginable tools. They have more than 55,000 products across 22 different categories, from cleaning to bathroom and power tools to light machinery. While they also have a website, reviews claim that it doesn’t have every item listed online. So, if you are looking for something very specific, you might want to give the physical store a try or drop the owner a call first.

Horme Hardware also has an outlet in the west located in the Jurong industrial estate. You don’t have to travel all the way to the East for your hardware needs. Prices here are pretty affordable, a 5L tin of Nippon Paint Odourless All-in-1 costs $88.30 here as compared to $120 on Nippon Paint’s official website. If you intend to place your order online, remember to spend at least $100 to get free delivery, else it is priced at $8.

5. NBS Hardware & Houseware Pte Ltd

Don’t be confused by the name – it has nothing to do with the Nanyang Business School (NBS). The only similarity between them is that they are located in pretty close proximity.

Unlike the other hardware shops, NBS Hardware specialises in your everyday sanitary equipment from toilet bowls to bidets to taps and shower accessories. You can also find painting material at NBS Hardware like Nippon Paint and Jotun and other general tools (bolts, nuts, screws, etc.). Interestingly, NBS Hardware also sells ready-made furniture if you are looking for one.

6. Brandon Hardware Paint & Plumbing Supplies

Shopping for painting supplies to give your home a new look? Brandon Hardware Paint & Plumbing Supplies is the place to hit. It is centrally located near Outram Park and easily accessible by public transport. From spray paints and ready-made paint to customised Nippon paint, it is a convenient store to grab your supplies for a complete paint overhaul. (Related: Prep your walls before a paint job. Follow these 3 steps! )

Another great service that Brandon Hardware provides is its plumbing tools. If you have any plumbing tools that needs replacement, you will be able to find them here. Besides providing plumbing tools, you can also get plumbing services from Brandon Hardware.

Prices here not the cheapest for some, but definitely competitive. A basic copper pipe measuring 1/2″ in diameter costs $3.50 per foot here, as compared to $6.79 at a competitor. Oh, did we also mention that Brandon Hardware is on Carousell?

7. The Hardware Shop

By now, you’ve probably realised that there is a pattern to where the hardware shops are located. Most of them are located in industrial estates or industrial parks. After all, industrial sites are where such tools will come into use. So, if you are living in the northern region of Singapore, you can try out The Hardware Shop for your hardware needs. It is located in the Woodlands Industrial Park, which is convenient for those living in the North compared to Ubi or Jurong Industrial area.

The Hardware Shop is stocked with basic hardware equipment for both personal and industrial usage. You can also find hardware tools such as spanners, pliers, screwdrivers, nuts and bolts of all shapes and sizes.

8. HardwareOnline.com.sg

HardwareOnline.com.sg is like Singapore’s own Amazon for hardware equipment and tools. It has everything you need to make your claim to fame as a professional contractor.

A quick browse on their website will leave you in awe of the types of hardware equipment you can get for your home. Think items like a mini compressor and hydraulic tools to start building your own cupboards, shelves or furniture in your own home. You can also order your own electrical wiring and cable tools to be your own electrical contractor. Add to that a plethora of paint supplies are also available. Prices range from $75 for a Bosch hand drill ($85 at its competitor) to $20 for a safety helmet and $12 for a chrome spray bidet with hose.

HardwareOnline.com.sg has Visa, MasterCard and PayPal integrated into their payment system to make it a seamless experience for you. The only downside is that you need to spend a minimum of $200 to be eligible for free delivery.

9. Samroc Paints & Hardware Supply

Besides the bigger hardware shops in the industrial areas, there are also small neighbourhood hardware shops that can fulfil your DIY needs. Most of these neighbourhood hardware shops do not have any industrial grade tools or equipment, but they can definitely provide you with tools or equipment for personal use.

Samroc Paints & Hardware Supply is one of those neighbourhood hardware shops you might want to check out, especially on days where the bigger hardware shops are closed (they typically close on weekends since the industrial area is pretty dead on weekends). As its name suggests, Samroc Paints & Hardware Supply has both hardware tools and equipment as well as painting tools for you to embark on any DIY home project.

10. SunHee Hardware Paint & Electrical

If you can’t find what you need at Samroc Paints & Hardware Supply, try its neighbour/competitor: SunHee Hardware Paint & Electrical.

SunHee Hardware Paint & Electrical is one of the most reviewed neighbourhood hardware stores on Google Maps. It has a 4.4 star rating with 50+ reviews. According to users, SunHee Hardware provides customers with a reasonable price and has a wide product range to fulfil your DIY needs. If you’re unsure about what tools or equipment you need, their staff are also friendly and approachable, and will provide you with suggestions on the right items.

This story was originally published on the SingSaver blog. Text: Si Jie Lim