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HDB Renovation Singapore

May 3rd, 2012

HDB Renovation Singapore: A System Of Checks And Balances

In the concrete jungle of Singapore, most people live in public housing which is governed by the Housing and Development Board, or the HDB. As such, it follows that all changes and renovations should be guided by the strict rules of the HDB. In fact, failure to comply can result to hefty fines for the homeowner and the renovation contractor alike.

The Key Details That You Need To Know About HDB Renovation Singapore

Prior to starting a renovation project for your flat, you need to make sure to hire a company that’s certified by the HDB Registered Renovation Contractors. Did you know that if you just ask anyone to renovate your house, you can be fined up to $5,000. Of course, you wouldn’t want that to happen. Thus, it is imperative to ask for contractor’s credentials and proof that they are registered with the HDB.

Furthermore, aside from the aforementioned, there are certain advantages of hiring an RRC. For one, they are well versed with renovation rules of the HDB. Not to mention that these guys are professionals, thus, with their impeccable sense of style you’ll be sure that they will do a fine renovation job.

Planning HDB Renovation Singapore

Before you pick up that sledge hammer and start whacking the walls, make sure that you strictly abide the renovation rules of the HDB. For instance if you’re planning to change the paint of the facade of your house, better think again, why? Because any changes to the outside of the house including the common hallways, the outside walls, and the balcony, are not allowed. Any alterations that may compromise the structural integrity of the building are also prohibited. Hence, you cannot remove any columns, slabs, beams, and reinforced walls. But, you are allowed to add internal division walls as long as they are not made of any flammable or toxic materials.

For more information about the HDB rules and regulations that govern renovations, visit the HDB website. Remember, ignorance of the law excuses no one. So read up before you start.

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