Getting the Keys

Sorry for the lack of updates! Was busy with the new house as we just collected our keys 3 weeks ago. We did the usual huat huat thingy after that. No major issues but we kept seeing new defects when the previous ones had been rectified zzz! Here is a list of essential items which we have checked during the inspection:


Check that all the keys are working for the doors, including letter box keys.

Homogeneous Tiles

I’ve heard many stories about tiles popping up after a few years. Check for hollow tiles by tapping each and every one of them, including wall tiles. Also check for scratches and cracks.

Windows & Doors

Check all the windows and doors to see that they can glide or open properly, especially the hinges. Also make sure that none of them are rusty.


Some of our neighbours encountered woodworms all over their skirting, yikes! In the end, the contractor changed for the entire estate’s. It was scary even thinking about it. If your skirting had tiny holes and wood remnants on the floor, most likely there are woodworms.

Water Pipes, Sinks and Toilets

The contractors might dump cement and rubbish into the pipes, which ours did! angry Open all the drainage and try to dig through all the pipes with your hands. Do lodge a complaint at the Building Service Centre (BSC) if they did.


Look for cracks and wet patches. We had a wet patch in our master bedroom wall near to the windows, which they probably didn’t do well with the water proofing. This is extremely important as you wouldn’t want to have water leakage in the house!

Other tips:
– Do not give your house keys to the contractor. Buy a bicycle lock and give them the number combination so that they can enter your house to do the repairs.
– Do not leave any valuables in the house.
– Leave some drinks for the contractors, you might score some brownie points for doing so and they will be more than happy to rectify the defects for you.

Ok, that’s all for now. Next, to confirm a contractor! Yup, we’ve decided to engage a contractor instead to save on the costs since we have an idea of designing the home. I don’t see why we should pay IDs that few thousands of dollars to copy ideas all around the internet. Renotalk is my favourite hideout now, I’ve been spending most of my time reading up on the T-blogs and reviews, which are extremely helpful! Tiring! sad

Check out my other posts on Home related matters:
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heart Inspirations for Feature Walls
heart Getting the Keys
heart Renovation, Start!
heart Plan for Your Renovation Budget
heart What are the Renovation Costs Involved
heart Kitchen Essentials for the Home
heart Hidden and Miscellaneous Costs in Renovation Quotation
heart Where to Shop for Furniture via Online & Offline
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