GAVIN LIEW & VINCE KOH

BUILD­ING HOMES FOR THE HEART

AugustMan (Malaysia) - - Inspiration -

FRIENDS SINCE HIGH SCHOOL, Gavin Liew and Vince Koh have sta ed mul­ti­ple en­tre­pre­neur ven­tures to­gether – and failed al­most as many times, be­fore they cracked the code that changed the land­scape of prope y in­vest­ment al­most four years ago. With their com­bined pas­sion of cre­ativ­ity and prope y, The Makeover Guys en­tered the mar­ket with a then never-be­fore-seen effo less so­lu­tion for prope y in­vestors: by pro­vid­ing strate­gic makeovers aimed to draw in higher re­turns through rental – all done within a cost ef­fec­tive bud­get, and a tight sched­ule with a turnover of just 30 days.

To­day, The Makeover Guys have ex­panded its ser­vices via Ground­work De­sign for res­i­den­tial homes and pri­va­tised of­fice spa­ces, such as Tang Space and Shang Gallery at KL Eco City, the rés280 co-work­ing/com­mu­nal liv­ing space in Se­layang, and many other res­i­dences across Klang Val­ley and be­yond. Not to men­tion, ap­pear­ing on As­tro OK’s 13-episode re­al­ity TV se­ries,

Ruang, in which Gavin, Vince and their 62-strong team were seen in ac­tion.

HOW DO YOU KEEP THINGS FRESH AT WORK? When peo­ple talked about fur­nish­ing last time, dura­bil­ity is key. They want fur­ni­ture that last 15 to 20 years. How­ever, fur­nish­ing trends do change ove ime. We pro­vide tem­plate choices to al­low you to keep re­fresh­ing your fur­nish­ing, without commi ing to the same old de­sign from 20 years ago. That be­ing said though, our ma­te­ri­als and fur­nish­ing do last (laughs)! So, if you’re one of those prope y in­vestors who’d pre­fer to keep to the same de­sign 20 years from now, it’s pos­si­ble too. That’s the ide­ol­ogy be­hind what we do, and that’s how we keep things fresh – in the most lit­eral sense! HOW DO YOU THINK THE MAKEOVER GUYS CON­TRIB­UTE, NOT ONLY PROP­ERTY IN­VEST­MENT, BUT THE PUB­LIC AS A WHOLE? At the end of the day, we want to en­able more peo­ple to en­joy be er homes, that are cost ef­fec­tive, not to men­tion, look good in the long run. Less than five years ago, the idea of hav­ing cost ef­fec­tive fur­nish­ing did not ex­ist. We were prope y in­vestors our­selves in the be­gin­ning, and we ex­pe­ri­enced first hand the trou­ble that goes into fur­nish­ing our own units. Buy­ing a prope y for any­one should be a happy thing; it’s some­thing ex­cit­ing. But in re­al­ity, the hap­pi­ness soon fades the minute you re­alise that there is so much to do for this new home! On top of that, de­vel­op­ers ap­proached us to ser­vice the mar­ket with fully fur­nished pack­ages, and easy move-in kind of con­cept. That got us think­ing: if there is one thing we re­ally need to solve in the prope y mar­ket, it is ac­tu­ally the ac­ces­si­bil­ity of ren­o­va­tion. We no­ticed the big gap in be­tween go­ing from a house to a home, and we be­lieve The Makeover Guys could fill in that gap. ON THE OTHER HAND, HOW DO YOU THINK THE MAKEOVER GUYS HAVE CHANGED THE EN­TRE­PRE­NEUR LAND­SCAPE? It’s safe to say that we are the pi­o­neers. When we first sta ed, as with most busi­nesses that man­aged to break new ground, it was a bit chal­leng­ing to get peo­ple to ac­cept what we are do­ing. To­day, we see a lot of peo­ple emu­lat­ing the same busi­ness pla orm. What we have been see­ing is a down­ward pres­sure in pric­ing for cost ef­fec­tive fur­nish­ing – which used to be thought as a lux­ury for the priv­i­leged. Mind­sets have changed, and sup­plies are grow­ing to meet the de­mands, which at the end of the day, ben­e­fits the en­tire in­dus­try.

Out­fits by BOT­TEGAVENETA On Gavin: TAG HEUERCar­rera Cal­i­breHeuer 01 Au­to­matic Chrono­graph in 43mm stain­less steel with ce­ramic bezel and stain­less steel bracelet On Vince:TAG HEUERCar­rera Cal­i­bre 16 Au­to­matic Chrono­graph in 41mm stain­less steel with ce­ramic bezel and stain­less steel bracelet

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