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  1. i was told by a bank loan officer, that before they approve the loan, they will check-up about the company too. There are already few cases where some ppl will just keep on open new company, with fanciful names, giving good rates, took yr money and run. Some ppl are blacklisted in the bank system. However if they approach another friend to set up a new company, the banker has to be more vigilent to protect the consumer. So in short, there are already ppl who are conning innocent couples who saves up over the years to do a new flat. And the problem with PTE LTD company is - on one hand u feel safe bcas its like a big company, on the other hand, if they run away, u can't do much about it. U can't sue much if they decide to close down the company. So u make demands that u make payment bit by bit, cash by cash, else u are putting yrself at a risk too. Else, find another company. There are so many renovation firms. Or.... look for referral by friends or recommendation. Ask to view the existing owner's house, see a few, ask their opinion how they feel about the ID they engage. Read their hp message, they should have proof of communications over the past months while renovating. Don't go for just offers or sweet talkers. In yr situation, try to find out the full exact CORRECT name, then thru' yr friends who works in bank(if he has the a/c) or HDB sector, using his name, u will limit to few persons having same name, from there, narrow down to the estimated age by the IC number, then u are able to check the ID's home address (secretly). Make a scene at his house.
  2. it only takes 1 day to complete. Basically its a like a huge vacuum cleaner. It grind and suck the dust at the same time. after that, varnish it like its brand new parquet. U can walk inside the house the following day. It is that simple. BUT.... the following is what the contractor DON'T tell u, esp those who are staying inside the house. The smell is unbearable. It even irritates my eyes to tears... that i have to quickly run out of the house to breath and to "relax" my eye. its like cutting onions. U can't open the window during the first day. Any dust that fly inside the house and makes the floor stuck with the dust as its still 'wet'. So u can only ventilate the room the following day. But bcas u are overseas, no one will ventilate the room for u.
  3. Can u show me yr free 3D and also yr actual home done by other ID? Else, its empty talk again. i am keen to view. If its FOC by that ID firm bcas u have signed THEIR contract, then dont bother. Bcas its common knowledge it comes free once u signed it.
  4. Definitely. Bcas all these ppl are commissioned basis. meaning, no projects, no money. They dont earn by basic salary, or maybe little basic. Unless that ID dont want to earn yr money and find that u are a nuisance and pass to his colleague. LOL... Why u sign when u can't click? Dont believe totally what u read in this forums here. Always open to more ppl, more ideas. Drink coffee with them, see their present jobsite, talk to their present owners, see if they happy or not.
  5. Ya, FOC from where? LOL......... Could it be the ID printed out from one of his 'same' projects and claimed it to do it for you FOC? Unless i signed the contract, then its FOC. Hahahaaaa..... so many gimmicks here. LOL...... Why give FOC when others selling it at $100, 500 or 1000 or any amount they wanna to sell?!
  6. is the toilet bowl u brought from the shops he referred to? if it is, such service is provided by the toilet shop. My ID told me that when he brought me to buy. He said its not the cheapest in singapore, but for sure not expensive but competitive prices. In the event of buying wrong thing or wanna exchange, only need to inform the ID and he will liase with the toilet shop, without the charges. i change my items twice when the size abit too big at shower area. What if the ID is a lady, then how? then how to carry? LOL.... Also, to re-deliver is abt $40. He might choose to absorb yr cost.
  7. What u never tell us is, in the end, do u actually pay more? Everyone knows that the lesser reno works is done, the more expensive it is. And also, the workers who do good at floor tiles, don't mean the carpenter will be good at their carpentry. So in the end, yr strategy might ended up u paying more. This kinda strategy don't 100% works, unless the designer wanna to take the risk. example, the hacking include clearing debris, as stated in my quotation. So after they hack and u not happy, the designer need to wait for u to finish complete project and keep on arrange workers to clear rubbish? So will u pay in full from the start? what if u refuse to pay the remainder at the end. The designer must be having a hard time to entertain u this kinda customer. I wonder when u eat at restaurant, start to find fault, and refuse to pay later bcas it doesn't suit yr taste. i work in service line previously, totally understand this kinda customers. Wanna reno, scared kena cheated. wanna eat fish, scared fish bone, wanna walk, scared fall down. .... speechless
  8. Very funny. why is so many ppl looking for this ah wei and yet he is uncontactable and no one come forward so that we can really see his workmanship. If he is so good as mentioned, i guess all his schedule are fully packed then. And a fully packed projects, can he still deliver goods up to our expectations?
  9. anyone got used ah wei carpentry before? can i view yr house to see how good it is? pls message me. thanks And also the prices he quoted per foot run. i have seen ppl selling $100 for kitchen cabinet, it will be great if ah wei really can afford tat. if not, its another empty talk again. i would love to redo my mum's house at this kinda price
  10. my friend, single, not a heavy cook, used IKEA for his kitchen . After 1 year, the 'kitchen' is ready to throw away. i was laughing when he told me that. use or not, up to u.
  11. Can i view yr jobsite to see the quality of the workmanship?
  12. Covers all..... ?! can sign a black and white that there will be no add-on? Will they twist their words and somehow give u an incomplete reno? after all, how much u know abt reno. As someone mentioned.... good luck.
  13. Yes and no. Yes, to protect yrself from being cheated. No, even some those with radac or ISO or hdb registered, etc.... have black sheeps.
  14. Downlights are provided by customer, i dont think any firm will wanna include downlights inside. Downlights got different brand, different designs, different light bulb or energy savings or long-lasting bulb, etc. All these are cost differently. Which firm will wanna take the risk to provide downlights? Surely will have conflict.
  15. i really wonder how can hacking be individually priced. My reno guy told me its by lumpsum. So surprised to see 1 item as $333, another is $342. Anyhow 'bong' the amount? Also, how come hack kitchen floor, the base don't just kena hacked at same time? why billed separately? Which renovation is this???? It reminds of a reno firm that quote- hack toilet bowl, hack basin. Already got hacked wall tiles, don't all these automatically fall off from the wall? So can i say don't remove the basin & toilet bowl but only the tiles, so tat i do not need to pay installation fees? lol.
  16. right from the first sentence, $1200 for homogenous flooring, is that to pay for the tiles or to pay for the labour? How u get this infor of $1200? i believe it must be another newbie who quoted u wrongly.
  17. its very cheap, i would say TOO CHEAP. Will the ID limit yr choice of laminates? i heard of very cheap carpentry, but they limit u ALOT of things. u want nicer, they ADD-ON...... Some laminate are REAL CHEAP. Anyway, best of luck. Quality, another question. One very important item missing- ELECTRICAL. u might be ripped off in this area. its called- pull long, patch short.
  18. i think its a reasonable price. Reason, the lesser items u do, the more expensive it is. i myself is a businessman. i understand. Of course u can get it somewhere else cheaper. if u want the cheapest, do it yrself. Anyway, yr mum ALREADY paid, too late. I believe the contractor did not put a knife at yr mum's neck.
  19. To easyeasy, from the left-view, the cabinet is in CORRECT aligment with the wall. if u want to do it flush, starting from the left, u will realise at the end, at the right hand side, the cabinet will be less deeper by 3 inches. when that happens, can u still put in yr hanger? The difference is 3 inches. if not, u can do the cabinet protuding out from the left-side wall, so that u can put yr hanger on all side. From what i read, all i feel is, if u dun pay for the cabinet, u will be ok. it means u can be 'bought' with money to accept this so-called defects. btw, yr friend who claim such quality carpentry is lousy, its VERY common ppl will say OTHERS ARE LOUSY, THEIRS ARE GOOD. if yr friend is good, why dun u use yr friend right from the start?
  20. He is working for a company. he is responsible enough for the job he takes. Friends i recommended are happy with him generally. i wun say he is perfect. But when customer complain abt certain items not up to their standard, he will get it rectified. I have seen him screaming at the workers when things not done properly. He always said to me," always do things right from the start." Pric...

  21. wow.... 60-70k is quite alot. wat u do? normally 50k only. 5k more if u include window. if u keen, u might keen to find my friend. His name is Benedict. He can be contacted @ 9690 7887. Tell him its recommended by Patrick. But i won;t promise u how much he will charge. Who knows, u might wanna a gold tap like T T Durai.
  22. Best?! hahahaaaaaaa......... Then that person must have NO complains at all. Sorry, i only encountered reasonably good.
  23. i dun see anything wrong with works being delayed. when i reno my house, it happens. when my parents reno the house, it also happen. my bro reno, also happens. it can be mild or major. i dun blame the contractor but the previous owner who create such a big mess for us to clear. Cracked wall, extreme rusty waste pipes which need HDB to rectify first, etc.... workers injured. we must be understanding at times. And i am not surprised many times u also delayed yr contractor's work by not having able to finalize what u want and keep on changing and still expect yr contractor to finish in times. I dunno who is this gerald, but i do know many customers themselves are **** irritating too, having been in services line for 10 yrs. u think so easy to do mehz?! My contractor explained to me right from the start, to ensure smooth delivery and i totally agree with him. Give u one example- u want yr cupboard to be sliding door. yr wife want casement door. both of u can't decide and say give u 2 days to decide. The carpentry ppl cannot possibly wait few days for u, and let the workers sit there to do nothing. So wat will they do? they will do another project by another customer which is ALREADY confirmed. So by the time u decide u want sliding door, its too late already. the carpentry guy will finish their other projects first b4 doing yrs. Who to blame? you lor. Remember something- dun think yr money is **** big.