Check For Defects
Bring along the defects list provided by HDB/developer, and a lock to secure your home. You will need a seasoned, meticulous eye for this, so it would be better to invite your ID along to help spot anything amiss and take measurements!
Tools to bring
Here are some useful tools to have while combing through your new house for any defects:
- Tape and markers: Use masking tape to indicate defects, and markers to write down a description of the problem. You could also come up with a colour scheme: red marker for serious defects and yellow for minor ones which will let the HDB contractors know which problems to focus on.
- Coins or marbles: Detect hollow spots on floor tiles by tapping on it using a coin or marble.
- LED Plug-in light: To make sure that all electrical sockets are functional.
- Spirit level: To make sure that doors and windows are properly aligned and upright.
- Camera: To have your own visual documentation of any reported defects.
You could also seek further assistance and advice from Building Service Centres.
Set Up Your Basic Utilities
It's really important to get the basics working before embarking on a renovation. In order to renovate, workers will need electricity for their tools and water for washing grime or dirt - so don't leave them hanging!
Apply for a utilities account with SP Services to activate the water, electricity, gas and waste collection services, soon after collecting your keys.
Now that you've gotten a physical feel of your space, its also a good time to shop around with your ID for some key elements, such as your flooring, feature wall finishings, kitchen appliances and bathroom fittings.
After months of planning and discussion, it sure is a big relief and joy to see your dream home coming together. That doesn't mean you can take the back seat and let the magic miraculously happen yet! Here are some things to take note when managing a renovation.
Confirm The Renovation Schedule
While renovations for BTOs usually take about 8 - 10 weeks, and resale 12 - 14 weeks, its best to clarify the schedule with your ID to ensure a smooth moving process. Do note that slight delays are common, so be prepared to extend any living arrangements whilst renovating!
Keep Your Home Safe
There'll be many people coming in and out of your house - contractors, builders, electricians and the like. Remember not to leave any valuable items lying around, and install a lock that only those overseeing the renovation - such as your ID - can access.
Keep Tabs On Progress
Trust your ID to provide you with timely updates on your renovation, but do make an effort to drop by at least once a week! Make sure works are done to plan, and inform your ID if you find anything unsatisfactory or defective.
The big reveal is finally here! All you've got to do is put the finishing touches - arrange for furniture and other decor accents to be delivered to your home. One last thing, though:
Do A Final Check
Do a run over with details like power points, or the swing of hinges, and be sure to highlight any problem areas that need rectification.
Have everything down pat? Kick back and pop some champagne - plan for your housewarming party to show off your gorgeous home to everyone!
Life's definitely easier when you have a handy timeline to guide you in your renovation. In the midst of waiting for your house keys, and looking for an ID to create your dream home? Schedule a FREE non-obligation appointment with us today via the link here: https://9creation.com.sg/appointments/