First Visits to our New Apartment!

Been almost ten days since we collected keys to our apartment at Punggol =)

Since we have collected our keys, we’ve been busy with quite a number of things. Felt kind of hectic running all over Singapore, but I guess it is all worth it to build our dream home.

Key Collection Day

On keys collection day, we went through the standard stuff – brought along a pineapple and rolled it into the house as we shouted – “HUAT AH!”. It ended up right in the middle of the living room!

  1. Sprinkled a salt/rice mixture on all corners of the flat.
  2. Sprinkled “holy water”.
  3. Planted some green bean sprouts.
  4. Rolled a couple of oranges into the flat as we left.

Our geomancy met us at our place to conduct the Feng Shui audit. Lucky for us, there wasn’t any major problems with our apartment. Overall, it was like pretty alright, and required just a simple Salt Water Cure to remedy it.

Defects Checking

We went back to our place on a weekend to perform a more thorough defects check. As we did not opt-in for the tiles and doors for our new HDB flat, it was relatively simpler when it came to checking for defects.

Just an idea of some of the stuff we did :

  1. Opened our letter box.
  2. Checked our gate and main door.
  3. Looked through the peep hole.
  4. Tested the water supply for taps/showers.
  5. Tested all power sockets with a simple LED light.
  6. Flipped all the light/power switches.
  7. Tried attaching the TV cable on all TV points.
  8. Knocked a few tiles here and there but didn’t seem to detect hollow tiles.
  9. Opened and closed all windows, and check for cracks.
    - found sliding windows that didn’t close smoothly.
    - flimsy lock found on sliding window.
  10. Opened and closed bomb-shelter door.
  11. Checked for toilet bowl leaks/cracks.
  12. Checked bathroom tiles.
  13. Checked bathroom basins and taps.

Some of the stuff we brought, for convenience :

  1. Bottled water.
  2. Tissue paper.
  3. Hand soap.
  4. Measuring tape.
  5. Foldable table and two chairs.
  6. Pen and paper.
  7. Wall-powered fluorescent light.

Things you need to bring :

  1. Padlock
    - give only the key to your padlock to the Building Service Centre when reporting defects
    - use the padlock, and keep the gate and main door unlocked
    - this prevents strangers from getting hold of the keys to your home

Defect Rectification

As luck would have it, we were in the house when the technician/worker came by, so I could supervise and check again after the work was done. The windows works in two rooms and living area were completed in about 15 minutes.

Consultation with Interior Designers

Found the time to meet up with another of our shortlisted ID.

We were not expecting much, but were pleasantly surprised by his proposed design and floor-plan, which showed creativity and originality in its simplicity.

In particular, we felt that he did not insist on his designs and took the time to listen and assess our suggestions. This was very important to us. After all, we are paying for his expertise in designing and coordinating our project. As customers, it is important our preference are taken into consideration.

Contrary to popular beliefs, he did not try to squeeze every cent out of us! To quote an example, he suggested we do away with one of our built-in cabinet and leave it as an option to purchase one according to our needs in future.

Having performed our due diligence in searching through forums – namely Renotalk – for reviews on this particular design firm and this interior designer, we requested a visit to a showflat. As a final safeguard, for whatever it is worth, I was able to take a quick look at the workmanship and ask a few more questions.

At this point in time, let’s just say there is a high chance we’d be engaging him as our ID. For now, I’ll be waiting patiently for his revised quotation.

    • Stephen
    • February 12th, 2013

    Hi, would you mind sharing with us your ID? We’re going for our 1st appointment in March, and is currently looking for some reliable and honest ID. Thanks a lot!

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