Some of you might query our effort for wrapping up the entire house, is it even neccessary? I would say Yes it is. We would rather spend a few nights wrapping, than to spend weeks clearing duston all walls, furniture and floor.
Life goes back to normal on the first day after HIP after tearing down the sheets and one round of mopping; home cooked food resumes a day later after all we put back the utencils.
Judging on the way we did our wrapping, it is not difficult to guess how meticulous we are. So here’s how we did our defects check. Concerns are writen on the yellow tags. The tags shocked the workers, as these might mean possible complaints. This was the first time I see them so efficient in their work, with many different workers coming in to fix the defects, all to be completed in one day.
Contractor passed us a form (acknowledgement of work completion) to sign on the last day of HIP, we refused to sign. Always check for the Owners’ rights with HDB, we are not oblige to sign the form on the spot. Last check with HDB branch office in 2017, we can sign the form at the contractor’s office after work completed, as long as the HIP project is still on-going in the estate. Our objective is to ensure contractor still attend to our concerns (if any) after work completion, timely.
Hola! It’s been awhile! In my previous post on HIP, I shared how precise I was on wrapping up the house. In this post, I’ll bring you through the progress of our HIP works and see if the hard work pays off.
We were the last unit on our level to start the HIP work. We deeply felt what Gotong Royong truely mean during dusty times like this. Our neighbour placed stools at corridor so that we have a place to sit while hacking was going on in the unit. We spent numerous evenings chatting with neighbours at the corridor while having our packed dinner (you won’t want to have your dinner in the covered house).
The plastic sheet we layed (in my previous post) was to prevent dust, while the rubber mats placed by contractor aimed to protect our flooring (tiles) as workers will be pushing their equipment and tools in. Plastic sheets by the contractor were already dusty from previous units. With the gaps inbetween each sheet, I’m glad we did our own dust-proofing. The contractor’s plastic sheets were removed on Day 3 morning as major hacking was done only on Day 1 and 2.
Hacking work was massive (wall & floor tiles and pipes for both bathrooms), it was just too dusty for us to stay near our unit, so we decided to take the risk and leave the house to the workers. We left after telling the foreman the new layout of our bathrooms (location of water heater and shelves), so that they can plan how the water pipes should run. We had our unaffected bedrooms locked and sealed with plastic sheets. Valuables in Master room has been cleared as well, take our built-in wardrobe (sealed as well) if they want. But I would want to emphasize, it is really at our own risk by leaving the house to strangers.
So here’s the portable bathroom, installed at the end of Day 1. For our case, we informed the contractor before hand that we required a portable bathroom, not sure if it is a default-should-have item in the HIP package. No additional fee required for this bathroom. It is placed outside our Kitchen toilet, as it needs to be connected to the water inlet and outlet.
I read that not all contractors provide portable bathroom with water heater, so we’re lucky to have one with Bennington water heater. You get to use this bathroom from evening till the next day before the workers start work.
It is small, but has everything you need, a tap, a shower head, toilet bowl, proper drainage system, hooks and even a space for you to put your toiletaries. Just remember to clear your toiletaris before workers start work, you won’t want them covered in dust by evening. Oh yes, we had been reminded that the toilet is purely for “small business”; please settle your “big business” at the void deck bathrooms provided by contractor.
We proceeded to purchase new taps, toilet spray, toilet roll holder and shelves after confirming the layout on Day 1. Installation is done on Day 9 for us, so we have sufficient time to source for new stuff.
Day 2 hacking done.
Day 2 hacking done.
I’m so glad we did our preparation well, else these cement will end up on our tiles instead plastic sheets which we layed before-hand.
We stay in old HDB, that is why we get to go through HIP, out washing machine water outlet was previously on the outside of the bathroom, connected to a hole on the wall. bubbles rush through bathroom floor after every use, leaving the bathroom floor wet and slippery. This new drainage has 2 water outlet, one for the sink and one for the washing machine. Now bubbles-no-more, hello to dry and safe bathroom.
Hi there! The fact that you are reading this post, you’re probably in the midst of preparing for Home Improvement Programme (HIP), or you have completed yours and is living in regret now for the lack of preparation. Nonetheless, let’s learn from experience and prepare ourselves for the upcoming battle HIP or your future HIP.
We have opted in for Home Improvement Programme and EASE, hence we will get 2 Brand new bathrooms (Common and Master Bedroom), new wooden main door & metal grille, as well as new rubbish chute hopper.
The upmost important procedure that you should never miss for your preparation. No matter how minor a renovation work is, there bound to be dust, and HIP ain’t minor work at all. So, dust proof everything that you are keeping. The whole dust-proofing process took us (2 ladies) 4 days. -A 4rooom HDB unit
Kitchen – We sealed this powerpoint differently. It’s re-sealable. In case we need a powerpoint outside our living space, we can still use this.
We tagged the items in both toilets which we intend to keep and re-install after HIP, so that the workers can help to keep them aside for us.
You may think that we are being exaggerated in our dust-proofing work, but I have to tell you, it works, not much of cleaning to be done in the end because the entire house is almost dust-free, except for the stones on the floor from all the hacking works.
So there are the items we used:
A full list of items we used:
Hunter masking tapes (12 rolls)
Hi-bond masking tapes – for connecting 2 plastic sheets and wall (8 rolls)
SLM masking tapes – for for connecting 2 plastic sheets (a few rolls)
Transparent tape – for connecting plastic sheet to tiles (1 roll)
Plastic sheets – entire house except floor – (17 packs)
Extra thick plastic sheets – for floors (did not track usage
Sorry Mother Earth for not being green, but we feel that this is essential.
What do you need when you need to dry your wet laundry?
I’m staying at 90s HDB flat, and here are the items I need:
To lift the bamboo pole the wet laundry, bring it out of window and stuff it to the bamboo pole holder and ensure it doesn’t break and land at ground floor.
A platform. I 1.56m tall short, I can hardly reach the bamboo pole holder outside the window without a platform.
The legendary Sun that keeps playing hide and seek with everyone, that leads to my next needed item…
Some clothing are just too precious to me, and I will over-turn them before hanging them in the sun to dry, to prolong the colors of my clothes, especially black ones.
If I am lucky, I have the Sunshine at the kitchen windows, else I can only air-dry my laundry in the living room. And yes, I am lucky for I live in the 90s HDB, where living room is not in a match-box size.
I thought things should turn better when I move into a new BTO flat, until I see the new laundry hanging racks.
Perhaps we should get a dryer, I did a quick research and at my best knowledge, there are 2 types of laundry dryer, #1 electric dryer and #2 gas dryer. In any case, both are not cheap, in terms of product and electricity / gas bills.