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Hi all!

I just moved in to my new home at CCK in June and I wish to share my experience on how my renovation process went about.

Before getting our keys, me and my hubby started to source for a reliable IDs and contractors in Dec 2015

Everything comes with a price tag. So we set our priority. For us we are not very particular but must be reasonable and practical. It is our 1st HDB but most importantly it should be comfortable and yet not burn a big big hole in our pocket.

1st - We draft what we looking for and what are our NEEDS and WANTS. and the hunting began.

We got friends who are ID, Recommended ID/Contractor in the forum, Pic we love from the Facebook and hunt the ID company down and neighborhood ID :).

Our budget is around 28K for all the reno. We finally meet with 4 shortlisted ID/Contractor and some only thru email correspondence to get quotation.

Most of them are package selling and to top up with the whatever you want. As you meet with more of them you can tell what to ask and go straight to the point. There are some who say this cannot that cannot yet some say everything can.

For us we try to keep what HDB have already provide and just enhance to suit our need with as minimum $$ as possible. Very budget ah :P.

We were hunting for the perfect match from Jan till Feb and during the CNY and come across this Contractor in the forum with good workmanship and layman pricing haha. We actually Message him thru Facebook and try our luck to see if he is online. We ask for a quote if any package,and an immediate reply was he only do ala cart and after 1 hr of FB messaging an appointment was fix for the NEXT DAY

Not even our floor plan was given, he say he will do on the spot just bring the plan when we see him. By the way it was the 4th day of CNY which most renov company are still holidaying.

We are surprise and although the review of him was not the 100% star type branded, with his response time we decided to make our way down to see him. 

We are his 1st customer after the CNY and YES, he is the way the forum have written, sloppy looking. Ah beng looking, direct to the point "No use do this" "don't waste $$", no smooth talking but very efficient. All his reply is reasonable and practical.

We are impress when he draw free hand of what we wanted and show us some ideas and a price list was out in the same meeting *he only see our floor plan on that day:lol:. which so far no other Reno company did it.

His price and another ID is almost the same but as he is a contractor and the other is an ID. Drum roll ----- we choose the contractor as he is will be more on hands and play real time we call it if any hiccup.

He ask us for the time line and if can wait longer he will get an experience elderly man who will "bao ga liao" for the carpentry with great workmanship. Since we are not in a hurry we say we are fine with it as long as it is not 6 mths lar.

We got the date of key collection in the morning and have our door opening event in the morning. As we invited a Feng Shui master to come on the same morning for the door opening and also to see what is the feng shui expect for the house we invited the contractor to come as well so that we no need to repeat.

Don't be surprise when he sit on the floor in the house and just look around. "HE is feeling the surrounding and feel the house" hahah that's what he say when we say so dirty why sit there and stone.

After the door opening which we have finish by earlier noon and ask if we can chop chop go select the colours and material and he can start the work. He say no problem and drove us back to his office that day we finish all the selection by evening.

Colour/material selection is really a chore and we are really not very good at it. so we just point and choose and look at his face hahah, he jus nod or shake his head.

I should say that this contractor is very passionate about his job as I ask how he earn his profit and he say he just want to be proud of his work and work as near to our budget as possible.

The thing we were impressed was the workmanship especially when all the visitor come and say it is really good and with the price. :good: All my Taobao buys was install by his sub-contractors as well some FOC and some with a token fee.

We are very much satisfied that the amount was well spent and here we got our dream homeJ.

We wanted to share our experiences here because we are really very satisfied with this contractor’s workmanship and reliability. We are sure that some of you will be confuse as to which IDs/contractors to choose from. It’s not a matter of whether the contractors are popular in the market, eventually, it’s the satisfaction and the workmanship that will put you to peaceful sleep. We hope that others will benefit as much as we do and if anyone is interested to engage this contractor, do let me know and I would gladly share his contact details with youJ

 

Photos will be upload shortly of our humble residence!!!!

 

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4 hours ago, Neelie said:

Hi all!

I just moved in to my new home at CCK in June and I wish to share my experience on how my renovation process went about.

Before getting our keys, me and my hubby started to source for a reliable IDs and contractors in Dec 2015

Everything comes with a price tag. So we set our priority. For us we are not very particular but must be reasonable and practical. It is our 1st HDB but most importantly it should be comfortable and yet not burn a big big hole in our pocket.

1st - We draft what we looking for and what are our NEEDS and WANTS. and the hunting began.

We got friends who are ID, Recommended ID/Contractor in the forum, Pic we love from the Facebook and hunt the ID company down and neighborhood ID :).

Our budget is around 28K for all the reno. We finally meet with 4 shortlisted ID/Contractor and some only thru email correspondence to get quotation.

Most of them are package selling and to top up with the whatever you want. As you meet with more of them you can tell what to ask and go straight to the point. There are some who say this cannot that cannot yet some say everything can.

For us we try to keep what HDB have already provide and just enhance to suit our need with as minimum $$ as possible. Very budget ah :P.

We were hunting for the perfect match from Jan till Feb and during the CNY and come across this Contractor in the forum with good workmanship and layman pricing haha. We actually Message him thru Facebook and try our luck to see if he is online. We ask for a quote if any package,and an immediate reply was he only do ala cart and after 1 hr of FB messaging an appointment was fix for the NEXT DAY

Not even our floor plan was given, he say he will do on the spot just bring the plan when we see him. By the way it was the 4th day of CNY which most renov company are still holidaying.

We are surprise and although the review of him was not the 100% star type branded, with his response time we decided to make our way down to see him. 

We are his 1st customer after the CNY and YES, he is the way the forum have written, sloppy looking. Ah beng looking, direct to the point "No use do this" "don't waste $$", no smooth talking but very efficient. All his reply is reasonable and practical.

We are impress when he draw free hand of what we wanted and show us some ideas and a price list was out in the same meeting *he only see our floor plan on that day:lol:. which so far no other Reno company did it.

His price and another ID is almost the same but as he is a contractor and the other is an ID. Drum roll ----- we choose the contractor as he is will be more on hands and play real time we call it if any hiccup.

He ask us for the time line and if can wait longer he will get an experience elderly man who will "bao ga liao" for the carpentry with great workmanship. Since we are not in a hurry we say we are fine with it as long as it is not 6 mths lar.

We got the date of key collection in the morning and have our door opening event in the morning. As we invited a Feng Shui master to come on the same morning for the door opening and also to see what is the feng shui expect for the house we invited the contractor to come as well so that we no need to repeat.

Don't be surprise when he sit on the floor in the house and just look around. "HE is feeling the surrounding and feel the house" hahah that's what he say when we say so dirty why sit there and stone.

After the door opening which we have finish by earlier noon and ask if we can chop chop go select the colours and material and he can start the work. He say no problem and drove us back to his office that day we finish all the selection by evening.

Colour/material selection is really a chore and we are really not very good at it. so we just point and choose and look at his face hahah, he jus nod or shake his head.

I should say that this contractor is very passionate about his job as I ask how he earn his profit and he say he just want to be proud of his work and work as near to our budget as possible.

The thing we were impressed was the workmanship especially when all the visitor come and say it is really good and with the price. :good: All my Taobao buys was install by his sub-contractors as well some FOC and some with a token fee.

We are very much satisfied that the amount was well spent and here we got our dream homeJ.

We wanted to share our experiences here because we are really very satisfied with this contractor’s workmanship and reliability. We are sure that some of you will be confuse as to which IDs/contractors to choose from. It’s not a matter of whether the contractors are popular in the market, eventually, it’s the satisfaction and the workmanship that will put you to peaceful sleep. We hope that others will benefit as much as we do and if anyone is interested to engage this contractor, do let me know and I would gladly share his contact details with youJ

 

Photos will be upload shortly of our humble residence!!!!

 

Hi there, can I have the contact for your contractor?

My email add: nas1788@hotmail.com

Thank you!

 

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Hello,

I think we in the same estate Neelie, saw your posts in our fb group lol...

I believe you used Renoguyz? Is your project by Nick? He is good and down to earth guy...

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Hi. This is my first word in Renotalk. Am waiting for my BTO to be complete by 1st quarter 2017 but hope it can be ready by end of this year. I've gain so much knowledge from Tblogs and also contacted the famous Nick for quotation. Looking forward to see your reno journey with him. 

 
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Hello Neelie!

We have almost the same floorplan (99%)! Just that my kitchen door is beside the household shelter. And I love CCK cos i've stayed there for all my life till I got married n now moved to the east haha.

Looking forward to see your renovated home! :D

 
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6 hours ago, Reiken said:

Hello,

I think we in the same estate Neelie, saw your posts in our fb group lol...

I believe you used Renoguyz? Is your project by Nick? He is good and down to earth guy...

Yap he very 'real' lor ha ha not fake fake.

He normally do houses in e east. My is e 1st in e far west... he lost his way e 1st time come. 

 

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Hi Neelie 
 
My floorplan should be similar to Yakult, kitchen door next to bomb shelter.  Looking forwards to see more postings of the completed renovation!
 
So your renovation is done by Renoguyz, by the famous Nick? Can pm me your contractor's contact? Thanks!
 

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3 hours ago, Neelie said:

Yap he very 'real' lor ha ha not fake fake.

He normally do houses in e east. My is e 1st in e far west... he lost his way e 1st time come. 

Yea... I went to nick for quote... wife no feel with him so cant choose him..

All I could say is, don't get offended by his attitude or what... If he thinks it does not work, he must have his reasons so ask him explain... and its good that he is straightforward... 

Saw the final product of Neelie house, its really quite nice..

 
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Finally time to update the progress pictures!!

Aircon piping up, Basin up, service yard window, kitchen, rooms and living room carpentry, toilet kerb done.

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On 7/29/2016 at 0:28 AM, Reiken said:

Yea... I went to nick for quote... wife no feel with him so cant choose him..

All I could say is, don't get offended by his attitude or what... If he thinks it does not work, he must have his reasons so ask him explain... and its good that he is straightforward... 

Saw the final product of Neelie house, its really quite nice..

@Reiken We went to Nick for a quote several months back too! But I was honestly quite scared of his bluntness. Most of the time I was just meekly nodding to whatever he said. :bow: Hahah. We clicked better with his partner. In the end didn't pick his company but the portfolio of homes he did is really nice!

@Neelie Can't wait to see pictures of the final outcome of your home! Did you extend the DB box cabinet outwards? It's so much deeper! And a great idea. The original depth for my place can hardly place a pair of shoes horizontally :wacko: Are the laminates for your kitchen the glossy or matte kind?

 

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Yap we extended e box actually we only say do a shoe cabin and nick just do e rest. Didn't think much about how deep it is ha ha. Glad he help us though of it. Kitchen is matte kind. 

 

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