I’ve been thinking up a thousand ways to do up my new flat since the day I successfully balloted my Build-to-Order flat, so my mood boards never seem to stop growing!

While it’s fun and exciting going through décor magazines and online sites, I felt I needed a reality check to keep me focused on the important stuff.

Apart from a pre-renovation checklist that I had drawn up, I also sought help from friends who are already proceeding with their renovations.

One important piece of advice I gleaned was to leave any carpeting to the end. Whilst the laying of new tiles is often done first, carpeting should be done last as carpets are harder and more troublesome to clean! Additionally, you might want to use plastic to protect your new flooring before other renovation works are done.

Flooring Guidelines

Want to know some of the dos and don’ts when working on the flooring in your home? Here are some guidelines to take note of.

* Note that you can only replace the bathroom or toilet tiles three years from your block’s completion date! Here’s why – the toilet is designed to be a wet area, and a waterproofing membrane and waterproofing screed have been laid before laying the floor finishes. This is to prevent water from leaking through the ceiling of your neighbour living in the unit below. However, if you’re laying new toilet floor finishes over your existing ones using adhesives, you may do so at any time provided there’s only one layer of existing floor finishes. 🙂

If the flooring job you’re looking to get done in your home isn’t listed above, check with HDB to find out what can or cannot be done and if prior approval is needed.

Meanwhile, check out the Guidelines for Building Works if you need more information on the renovations that can be done in your home!

Have pictures of the renovations done in your home to show us? Drop us a mail at mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg!

By the way…
Do remember to engage an HDB Registered Renovation Contractor if you want to carry out your renovations. As it is a private contract between you and the contractor, if there’re any disagreements, you are advised to resolve the matter between the contractor and yourself, or seek assistance through CASE or the Small Claims Tribunals if necessary. You may wish to know that CASE has a Consumer Guide with some tips on looking for a contractor, too.

By Nur Hafizah
Jan 29, 2014

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