This is a discussion on BTO - when will ready? within the HDB, DBSS, Executive Condominium Discussion forum, part of the Home Planning Forum category; we have applied for a BTO flat at 2008 and it stated that it will be ready on 2013. 2 ...
we have applied for a BTO flat at 2008 and it stated that it will be ready on 2013.
2 days ago, we passed by the area and saw out flat has all nearly finish building. total 16 storeys and all built alrdy, only left the interior, windows, doors, painting on the outside etc...
what i wanna ask is, when will my flat be ready for collection? cos we r still saving for the reno fee.. some tell me though govt say 5yrs but 2yrs+ will be ready for collection. is that true??
y need to reno. y colleague just got his flat he say dont really need to reno cos toilet n floor n some cabinet are done up nicely.. actually just buy fixtures n can move in already...
got cabinet mehh??
i know the floor and doors will be done by HDB. Elaine, actually nowadays HDB's taste better liaoo cos my hubby's friend also choose HDB to do the floor and door for them and the floor looks very nice.. and his another friend bought resale, the flat was quite a few yrs ago and the floor not nice.. haha..
ya i heard the floor is marble somemore.. so shld be quite nice ... just save as much as you can... then when take key that time then see ... i think about 20-25k shld be more then enough.
dont know i also saving but like a lot within 5 years if everymonth save $400 5 years can only save 24000?
yup i am working.. Actually if spend lesser can save $200.../month
yup we also save around 4-600 per month but just started few mths ago.. that's y we hope the flat will only be ready 2 yrs LATER so at least we will hav 20+k for simple reno.. hehe..
A few facts:
1. It typically takes 3-4 years for BTO project to collect keys if no hiccups. I collected mine in exactly 3 years after we paid deposit. I saw Beacon's progress some weeks back. Think around a year later can collect keys for first block. Last block probably 1.5 years later.
2. Flooring and finishing by HDB is NOT GOOD AT ALL. Alot of defects and problems AFTER YOU MOVE IN. Trust me, my new place is less than a year old and we are having alot of problems already. Check carefully before starting reno. IT IS DEFINITELY NOT MARBLE FLOOR. IT'S JUST CHEAPO CERAMIC TILES, they stopped using homo tiles after the 'pop up' incidents. The parquet used for bedrooms are cheap stuff, although they come from Aussie. Even the contractors tell us that the parquet is cheap stuff.
3. If you are doing simple reno, 15k is more than enough. I did my whole place for 17k & we have built in cabinets in all the rooms. Plus alot of others. My friends are going to start their reno soon, theirs is $23k. But they want it 'designer style', which is false ceiling and alot of special carpentry (major carpentry in their MBR). & both of us get Cancanmum to reno for us cos her charges is most reasonable compared to all the other quotes we've gotten. If get from others, my place was quoted at $23k. So you can expect the reno to be more if you are getting IDs.
4. You need around 10k for furnishings (curtains, lights, fans, sink, TVs, fridge, washing machine, sofa, bed, small electrical items, cooker hob/hood, dining table, etc etc). Total include reno I spent $23k cos we previously stayed in a rented house and we moved a few big items over (beds, washing machine, cooker hob/hood, etc). Plus me & husband are super bargain hunters, going to warehouse sales and bargaining all the way. My husband is very aggressive when it comes to bargaining. So we got quite a few branded/designer stuff but within our low budget
Me & husband saved $1k a month specially for new house from the time we paid our downpayment. This saving is on top of our regular savings. Had to cut expenses here & there. Though we saved alot, I was not willing to slurge all. Did simple reno that meets our needs. Saving up the rest for a minor touch up to my boy's room when he's older and going into P1 (build proper study area since there's just a small kids table now).
If you want a simple reno with proper furnishings in, you'll need at least $20k even if you only do bare minimum.
Kitchen carpentry - $4k (small kitchen)
Kitchen sink/tap - $350 (average)
Cooker hob/hood - $500 (cheapo brands)
Fridge - $800 (small)
Rice cooker, kettle, pots/pans, utensils, etc - $500 (cheapo stuff)
Washing machine - $300 (simple)
Dining table set - $1500 (basic, simple set)
Sofa - $1000 (basic, simple set)
Coffee table/TV console - $1000 if off-the-rack, $2000 if custom build
Shoe cabinet - $1000 (custom build a small one)
Wardrobe for all 3 rooms - $2000 per room for common rooms, $4000 for MBR (MBR usually bigger, plus maybe a wall feature or TV console)
Beds - $500 - $5000 (depends on brand and size, mattress only, not including frames)
Study tables - $100 if get cheap ones from Ikea, $500 onwards for custom made
Doors (if you did not get HDB's one) - $1500
Toilet shower screen - $1500 (both toilets)
Misc (cement base, relocation of light points, installation of lights, etc) - $500 - 1000
Aircon - $2000 onwards
Simply add up the above, around $25k already!!
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stonston, your reply really solve my doubts! thks!! cancanmum doing reno??
btw, after we got the keys, must move in within how long? can me move in lik a year later??
You can move in anytime, you once you collect keys, your installment starts. And warranty for fittings and stuff is 1 year. If you choose to reno later and move in later, if you discover problems after the 1 year period, it's gonna be troublesome.
Cancanmum does reno Recommended many ppl to her already. Not big company but at least reliable and more flexible and accomodating
I also apply BTO @ Punggol Central (Punggol Vista) on year 2008..Say it will b ready 2012 but hubbi found out last year when he was working part time property agent he saw that we will b getting the house key this year some where on July..Hopefully no hiccup..Will b goin to our House Site next week
Vista is opposite my house!
Very soon can collect keys. Most blocks are up and ready. Carpark is painted already.
dont think is this year July cos windows are not fully up, blocks not painted. Based on current progress, most likely earliest key collection is Dec 2010 or Jan 2011.
Psst, if you want to do site visit, come to Coralinus carpark at 301. Take lift at 303A to top floor and enjoy the view of the whole construction of Vista! If I'm home you can get better view from inside my unit.
You'll fall in love with the place after you do your site visit. Must go: SHENG SIONG! With live seafood everyday!
Last edited by stonston; 21-01-2010 at 10:12 PM.
Empty vessels make the most noise
Update on Vista: They are putting in the roof already. The walls for the water tank are in in some blocks and work in progress in others. Moving along quite fast