After waiting for 3-4 years, it’s finally time to collect the long awaited keys to your brand new flats! I am sure, like me, you are having a mixed feelings about this — on one hand, you are excited at the opportunity to wake up to your soulmate every single morning, on the other hand, you are probably worried about the list of things you have to prepare and research on for your home renovation.
You might have heard of horror stories from your friends about their home renovation or you might have even read about how an unscrupulous renovation company collect tens of thousands from a couple and disappeared into thin air. I can assure you though, all will be fine, as long as you do enough research and take the necessary precaution.
1. Research on your home renovation idea
Let’s start from the easy one first — deciding on your renovation idea. By having a firm and clear idea of what you want is important, because, then, you will not be easily sway by your ID to do a design that you might not like in the long run.
An easy way to do so is to create a Pinterest account and start pinning ideas from various home design websites such as Qanvast or Houzz. This way, it also helps you cut down the time needed for the first quote because your ID will have a clearer idea of the design style and layout that you would like.
2. Decide if You Need a Home Renovation Loan
After talking to a few renovation firms, you should then have a good idea of the kind of quotation you are looking at for the HDB design of your dreams. Most likely, you will realise that renovation is really a lot more expensive than you expected.
At this juncture, you will have to decide if you want to acquire a renovation loan to get what you want or you might want to compromise on some items and to get them later on.
Do note that there are a few providers of renovation loans and they include banks as well as licensed money lenders. Look at each of the options and their packages before deciding on the best one for you.
3. Research on some of the common renovation decision
Once you have talked to a few ID firms, you might get a variation of the few questions below
- Do you want tiles or vinyl flooring?
- Do you want storage or gas heater?
- Do you want to have false ceiling?
- What kind of air-con system would you like?
You can read through a lot of these discussions over at renovation forums such as http://renotalk.com/forum/ There are usually very minute differences and really boils down to your personal living preferences.
4. Make one final research before you decide on your home renovation contractor.
One of the precaution you can take while choosing your ID firm is to check if they are have a HDB renovation permit. You can check them out over at this website – HDB Contractors. Once you are there, make sure you double check on information such as their address, email and telephone number so that you can be sure that it’s not imposters trying to disguise themselves as a legitimate company.
But this is only the first step. You may also check out a company’s responsiveness and attitude towards their customers via their Facebook platform or check out reviews from their past customers via platform such as Qanvast or Facebook.
Supervise your home project
No matter how comfortable you are with your ID or your firm, always make sure that you monitor and visit your home regularly to check on the progress. This is to prevent any miscommunication from causing an undesired permanent change to your home.
After all is done, make sure you do one final inspection before agreeing to pay the remaining sum to your ID firm. While small imperfection are unavoidable, you would want to make sure that all the major items such as lighting points or carpentry are dealt with properly.
Here’s wishing you a smooth renovation journey and we hope this will help you out as a first-time HDB owner!