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HDB Renovation Checklist for Homeowners

August 19th, 2014

In Singapore, majority of homeowners live in HDB apartments and flats. In fact, roughly 82% of residents in the country live in this type of accommodation. If you’re one of them, you’re probably looking into the idea of renovation. Our homes, just like our appliances, need to be properly maintained so that they will continue to look nice, modern and beneficial to us.

But before you start your HDB renovation project, you have to take care of some groundwork to ensure that everything’s been taken care of. So here’s a HDB renovation checklist you can use:

HDB Renovation

1.Check Existing Defects Prior to Starting Your HDB Renovation

Take a look at your appliances, electrical wiring, windows, doors, water heater, walls, ceiling, tiles, lighting fixtures and safety devices. Inspect everything so you can note down all aspects of your home that need repair or replacement.

2. Set a Budget for HDB Renovation

This is a crucial part of your HDB renovation project. You have to decide how much you can afford to spend for renovating and repairing your home. Your contractor or interior designer can create a plan for your home based on the budget you have so this must be settled before anything else.

3. Research on HDB Renovation Contractors and Interior Designers.

It’s important that you choose an interior designer who is registered with HDB, or at least, they should be affiliated with a contractor who is registered with the housing board because they are the only ones who are authorised to do renovation work on such properties.

Once you’ve done your research, you need to come up with a short list of potential designers you want to hire for your HDB renovation project. Call them up, ask for references and then do a little background research on them.

4. Consider a HDB Renovation Package

Sometimes, it’s much more practical to opt for a renovation package because there’s already a set cost for the project. If you do choose this option, make sure that all your verbal agreements with the contractor or designer is put into writing. This should include any warranties and contingency plans, in case things don’t turn out as planned.

As soon as your HDB renovation project begins, do constantly monitor the work done on your property. Check to ensure everything is going as planned and that the work being done is still as scheduled.

When the project is completed, see to it that all obligations are taken care of and that the output is exactly what is promised. You have to inspect all the work done as thoroughly as possible. Go back to your written agreements so you can double check all the improvements and repairs made. If something is amiss, inform the contractor or interior designer before the handover. Don’t make full payment unless you’re happy with the HDB renovation works that are done on your home. Finally, do remember to change your locks immediately following the handover.

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