Once you have gotten your keys from HDB, the very first thing to do is to check thoroughly for defects! Look out for hollow / cracked tiles and toilet bowls. Remember to get them rectified before your renovation commences. Otherwise HDB will not be responsible for any defects discovered during the renovation process.


I have 2 HDB defects checklist to share:
- Defects Checklist 1
- Defects Checklist 2

Another thing to note is to check your flat during rainy days for any damp walls or leaking windows. For us, we discovered that the water proofing were not done properly which resulted in damp walls during one of the visits to our new home. Refer to this blogpost on HDB defects checking tips. :)


The next step is to report the defects; the steps are covered in this post. :)

Note: Remember to check out the Home Renovation Checklist too!


It was just brought to my attention that aside from the defect lists I have compiled, you should also unscrew the metal covers of all the pipes in the kitchen and bathrooms.

This is because some have complained of finding used food containers and waste construction materials underneath these covers! Some workers have even poured cement into these pipes. So, remember to dig them out before it clogs your pipes later on and also, lodge a complaint to HDB about it. :(

About the Author

My interest in interior design was piqued after my 1st successful renovation endeavor. As a result of my well managed home renovation, many friends and colleagues have approached me for advises. I believe that my experience as an IT project manager has helped me immensely during the planning and executing of my home renovation project back then. Thus, after much deliberation, I decided to start a renovation blog to help homeowners like you who are new to home renovation. You might be reading some of my posts in other renovation portals since I also write for other sites too. :)

In between my hectic work schedule and answering emails from readers, I will try to keep this blog alive. In addition, you can ask me questions via formspring.

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Hope that you will find my blog useful and enjoy your stay! :)

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