By : Priya Shandhini
15 March 2016
In our pre-renovation pointers, we highlighted 4 basic steps for a stress-free renovation journey.
In this second part of MyNiceHome’s renovation series, we share how 4 simple renovation do’s can help you and your contractor smoothen your home renovation journey.
1. Renovate during permitted hours
Transforming your flat into a dream home can be a nightmare for your neighbours if the works are noisy and dusty. Do you know that renovations can only be carried out during specific hours? Check out the revised hours, taking effect from 15 March 2016:
• General renovations can be carried out between 9am and 6pm on weekdays and Saturdays. Renovations are not allowed on Sundays and public holidays.
• Noisy works like removing wall/ floor finishes, demolishing of walls, cutting of tiles and heavy and excessive drilling works can only be done between 9am and 5pm on weekdays. Such works are not allowed on Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and eve of major public holidays (i.e. New Year, Lunar New Year, Deepavali, Hari Raya Puasa, and Christmas).
• From 10:30pm to 7:00am, refrain from doing any work, including Do-It-Yourself (DIY) works that involve drilling and hammering. You are likely to jolt your neighbours out of their slumber!
2. Limit the use of power tools
If your renovations involve demolition of walls and/ or removal of wall/ floor finishes, your renovation contractor should not use more than 2 HDB-approved hand-held power tools or their equivalent (If your renovation contractor intends to use a tool that is not on the list of approved tools, they must first seek HDB’s permission!). These hacking works must also be completed within 3 consecutive weekdays.
3. Complete renovation works on time
Renovations should not go on indefinitely. For new blocks, the works must be completed within 3 months from the time the renovation permit is obtained. For existing blocks, it is 1 month, because of the need to reduce inconvenience for your neighbours.
4. Lock up your flat for better security
If the flat is unoccupied while the renovations are going on, it is a good idea to practise these simple home security measures:
• Lock up your flat after the day’s renovations are done. But be sure to use good quality locks, such as close-shackled locks instead of number locks to secure the flat.
• Do not leave your new home appliances in your flat while it is being renovated. It is better to have these items delivered to the flat after renovations have been completed and you have moved in.