It is quite possible that you began planning your makeover project before you even got the keys into your hands. It is an exciting endeavour, creating something unique and personal out of a neutral space. This is a particularly interesting venture if you are creative or have lots of ideas for what you would like to do with your new home.
There are, however, thinks that you are going to have to consider before beginning your BTO renovation. Specifically, there are certain guidelines and regulations that have been placed by the housing and development board. You must make sure that your redecoration is within the boundaries of these protocols. Here is important information that you need to know:
Restriction Period on Furnishings
One of the things that you need to be aware of is that there are certain furnishing of the flat that you simply cannot alter. This restriction endures for about three years after you have moved in. This is because the HDB has ensured that all of the wall and floor finishing have been equipped with waterproof coverings. This is to prevent from water leaking down to the apartment below you and causing water damage. These tiles that have been placed have a warranty of three years. To overcome such a rule, you can always place your preferred tile over the one that is currently in place.
You are going to need specific approval if you want to make certain changes to the walls such as tearing them down or altering them. There are many wall alterations that you simply cannot make as the HDB has very strict regulations regarding such transformations. You can, however, add certain doorways and other partitions. You will need to get the appropriate approvable for the HDB, nonetheless. You should know exactly what you can and cannot do with the walls before your BTO renovation.
Inform Your Neighbours
There is a great deal of emphasis placed on minimizing the amount of disruption you can cause your neighbours. This is why there are specific days and times that you can work on your home. You can only conduct construction by good contructors between 9 a.m. in the morning until 5 p.m. in the evening. This can only be done on the weekdays and work must desist on the weekend. You are also going to have to give your neighbours at least a three days warning before you begin work. During this period, you should not use more than two hand-held power tools at one time.
Once you are aware of all of these regulations, you will be able to ensure that your renovations go a lot more smoothly. You can also make sure that everything is up to code.