Before starting renovation work on your house, there are some things that you should look out for. For example, the beams and columns in your house, or what we call the structural supports of the interior unit. It is highly recommended that you do some research about the regulations by the relevant authorities before starting your renovation work as some beams and columns in the unit are not allowed to be hacked away, altered or modified unless properly authorized by professional engineers and then accepted by the relevant authorities.
It is also highly recommended that you check if the existing walls in your house are too old. The older the condition of the interior, the more brittle the foundation may get. This can make it harder to hack a section of the wall as bigger pieces on the sides of the wall may come off together in the hacking process. However, repairs will be done for such situations with proposed alternatives suitable for the interior structures, subjective to its conditions.
It is also highly recommended that you check if the area that needs to be worked on affects any existing power supply. Many people usually neglect this step and start their renovation work. Hacking walls with power sockets in the way can damage it and rewiring work would then be needed for the affected areas.
You should also plan water points for your appliances that require water supply such as your washing machine, fridge or water dispenser. Planning out your preferred location of cable and wiring points are also high recommended as you do not want to build your perfect house, only to realise that the nearest power point is too far away from the couch, your bed and other key locations of your house that could require a nearby power outlet.
Another important thing that you should take note of before starting the renovation process is to get your toilets up and running. Even though you are not living there yet, you may consider providing the contractors working on your home some conveniences of time to save them the time and effort of having to walk to the nearest public toilet, which indirectly causes reduction in time they can spend working on your house.
It is also highly recommended that you only work with HDB-approved contractors or interior designers that is registered to carry out HDB renovation work if your new house is a HDB unit. The reason for this is simple, any work done must comply with guidelines stipulated by HDB. Otherwise, HDB will consider them to be unauthorized and may demand that the unit be reinstated to its original condition with immediate effect.
Moving into a brand-new place is exciting and you may want to start buying new furniture way ahead of time. However, it is important to remember to schedule your home delivery items like furniture or major appliances to arrive when your renovation is almost finished. If the furniture arrives too early, there is a risk of it getting damaged or stolen.