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  • Renovation Handover Checklist - Renovation Blog - Renonation.sg
    a proper handover is done when renovation is completed Therefore let me go through what you should be watching out during the handover process This list should also double up as a checklist for you Pre handover Inspection Inform the Renovation Professional the Date of Inspection The intention of the inspection session is for you to raise any issues prior to the handover Therefore you should inform the renovation professional the date of inspection around two to three weeks before the date of the handover This session should also be attended by the renovation professional Walk through the Renovation Works performed Walk through with the renovation professional to ensure that all works are performed and completed as stipulated in the contract Any outstanding works are to be noted down and indicated with the completion date prior the handover Inspect on the Quality of the Renovation The renovation professionals should note down any defective works highlighted and indicate the resolution date prior to handover You should also keep a list and take photos too I noticed that most defects are discovered during the inspection of carpentry works such as kitchen and wardrobe cabinets are as follows Poor wood quality like chipwood Paper thin laminates Warped laminates Haphazard joinery Cabinet panels are improperly joined Misaligned cabinet doors Ill fitted drawer rollers and tracks Ill fitted hinges and Dents and scratches To find out the quality standards for flooring Windows and so on you may use the Building and Construction Authority BCA website as a reference Ensure Follow Through for the Outstanding Works Defects Follow up with your renovation professionals regularly on the status of the outstanding works and defects rectifications Your renovation professionals should inform you once these are completed or rectified within the agreed deadline Handover Meeting Once you are satisfied

    Original URL path: http://www.renonation.sg/blog/26/Renovation_Handover_Checklist.html (2012-12-22)
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  • How to Keep Indoor Air Pollutants Away - Renovation Blog - Renonation.sg
    are not kept in check they will lead to health problems The most common air pollutants found at home include 1 Carbon Monoxide Source The source of carbon monoxide pollution at home include water heaters stoves gas ovens clothes dryers and even refrigerators When these appliances are used in poorly ventilated places they can increase the chances of carbon monoxide poisoning This potentially deadly gas is colorless odorless and tasteless and therefore extremely hard to detect Health Effects Exposure to carbon monoxide over a short period can induce mild headaches and breathlessness Long term exposure will cause flu like symptoms dizziness tiredness severe headaches confusion impaired cognition and motor skills Ways to Protect Yourself You should only get certified and experienced professionals to install home appliances and have them checked regularly Aside from that always ensure that the kitchen is well ventilated properly when you are cooking and educate your loved ones on the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning so that you or your loved ones can take appropriate action when the need arise 2 Molds Source Molds are microscopic organisms which thrive on organic matter and they multiply rapidly under the damp conditions In fact as long as there is sufficient moisture molds grow virtually anywhere in your home and therefore they are extremely difficult to eliminate completely They are commonly found in damp areas like bathroom or kitchen ceilings near windows carpets and furniture Health Effects Molds cause health problems that range from dizziness headaches eye nose and throat irritation sneezing coughing body aches and in some serious allergic reactions asthma attacks and even permanent lung damage Ways to Protect Yourself The only way to eliminate mold growth is to ensure that areas conducive for mold growth are taken care off You should place dehumidifiers in cupboards closets

    Original URL path: http://www.renonation.sg/blog/25/How_to_Keep_Indoor_Air_Pollutants_Away.html (2012-12-22)
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  • Hazards to watch out for during Home Renovation - Renovation Blog - Renonation.sg
    from work and wedding preparations However I believed otherwise During home renovation construction by products such as dust chemical fumes and other toxic chemicals are produced and these are actually hazardous to your health Even when you are hiring renovation professionals you still have to protect yourself and your loved ones from these harmful materials Sources of Hazards 1 Dust When walls are demolished new partitions are being constructed or carpentry works are in progress a lot of concrete cement or wood dust will be produced Exposure to cement or concrete dust can cause disorders of the upper respiratory airways nose and throat irritation When these get contact with your eyes they can cause irritation redness even chemical burns whilst skin contact may result in skin rashes and irritations Many might be surprised to learn that health disorders can be caused by inhaling wood dust This is because toxic substances present in the wood dust are from the chemicals in the treated wood bacteria fungi or moulds Exposure to wood dust can cause dermatitis a skin condition whereby the skin becomes sore and itchy Wood dust can also cause shortness of breath dry and sore throat sneezing when inhaled In certain cases tearing and conjunctivitis may happen when wood dust gets into the eyes 2 Volatile organic compounds VOCs Many construction materials contain toxic chemicals such as volatile organic compounds VOCs a group of carbon based chemicals that easily vaporise at room temperature and is found in paints sealants varnishes adhesives composite wood products coating furnishings during renovation When exposed to VOCs may lead to respiratory problems and irritation of throat and eyes headaches nausea vomiting dizziness and worsening of asthma symptoms How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones You should inform your renovation professionals if your or loved

    Original URL path: http://www.renonation.sg/blog/24/Hazards_to_watch_out_for_during_Home_Renovation.html (2012-12-22)
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  • 10 Ideas to Pimp your Home for Halloween! - Renovation Blog - Renonation.sg
    make this festival a memorable one why not throw a Halloween party with these creative fun ideas Here are 10 simple ideas to get you started 1 Spooky Atmosphere Use props such as grinning skulls scarecrows bats bloody vampires luminous dancing skeletons laughing witches creepies and crawlies and so on to pump up the sinister atmosphere 2 Scary Window Silhouette Cut out some shapes of bats skulls ghosts witches and so on from a black cardboard and place them on the windows Turn on the lights to cast shadows of these spooky silhouettes 3 Spidery Candles In addition to ramp up the atmosphere dim your lights and use plenty of candles instead Purchase white or orange candles from Ikea and use black permanent markers to draw spiders or ants on them Alternatively use black candles with white markers to achieve the same result 4 Jack o Luminaries Turn your recycled plain white paper bags into those funky Jack o Luminaries Use a pencil to draw an outline of a house on the paper bag Fill in the entire outline with a black marker and tada you are almost done Next place tealight candles into tall glasses prior placing them into the paper bags for safety reasons 5 Bewitched Halloween Pumpkins Halloween pumpkins are supposed to ward off evil spirits and so be sure to use plenty of pumpkins around the house too To create your own pumpkin clean out the insides of the pumpkin through a hole in the bottom and use a permanent marker for the pumpkin s eyes and mouth 6 Abandoned Old Home Purchase a big bag of cotton and stretch them over sofas picture frames tables doorways and so on to remodel an old abandoned house look And add a grumpy evil softtoy cat for effect

    Original URL path: http://www.renonation.sg/blog/23/10_Ideas_to_Pimp_your_Home_for_Halloween.html (2012-12-22)
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  • How to Plan for a Home Renovation Part II - Renovation Blog - Renonation.sg
    on the Approach to Select the Renovation Professionals Select only the most suitable renovation professionals to work on your renovation project Step 4 Decide on How to select the Home Renovation Package Decide on how to find out the track record and experience and so on prior deciding on the renovation package Now let us look at the rest of the steps in this post Step 5 Decide on When the Renovation Works are to be Completed This is the easiest part most engaged couples want their future home to be ready before their wedding However most forgot that aside from the additional time needed for the renovation rectification works time is also needed to clean up the premises prior the move in Therefore always plan ahead and start your renovation as early as 1 year ahead of your big day A general breakdown of the estimated timeline is as follows Phase 1 Pre renovation activities 1 to 2 months to gather and finalize the renovation requirements 1 month to select and engage the renovation professionals Phase 2 Actual renovation activities 3 to 5 months depending on the extent of the renovation for the actual renovation 1 month as a buffer for any unexpected delays Phase 3 Post renovation activities 1 month for the renovation rectification works and handover 1 to 2 months for the move in Decide and establish milestones together with your renovation professionals so that both of you are in sync on what should be completed and by when Step 6 Decide on how the Quality of the Renovation should be Assessed Did you ever ask yourself how should you assess the quality of the renovation works delivered by the renovation professionals You can actually find out the quality standards for floors walls ceiling doors and windows

    Original URL path: http://www.renonation.sg/blog/22/How_to_Plan_for_a_Home_Renovation_Part_II.html (2012-12-22)
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  • How to Plan for a Home Renovation Part I - Renovation Blog - Renonation.sg
    scope will impact your budget and schedule In fact you should have this at least a draft ready before meeting up with the renovation professionals The occupants of your future home will shape the renovation requirements Therefore you should first find out the future inhabitants in your home In fact the more people the more complex are the renovation needs For instance if you have elderly family members you should consider having adequate handles and hand grips for stairs doors and grab bars for toilets since they have poorer motor skills and grip After determining the future inhabitants you can uncover their renovation needs by having a few in depth discussions with them You should also observe them carefully to identify their awkward or pain points and areas for improvements to help uncover their implicit requirements that they might have overlooked After this is completed you will know the extent and scope of your renovation whether you are going to renovate all the rooms toilets and so on Step 2 Draw up a Realistic Renovation Budget The next step is to estimate the renovation costs involved by getting a ballpark figure of the renovation costs The general rule of the thumb is to get quotation from multiple sources so that you have a more realistic and accurate figure for the renovation works In addition by discussing with different parties you can minimise blind spots which you might have missed out during the scoping process Nonetheless technology has made it so much simpler to get the quotations since you can easily fax or email your floorplan and requirements prior discussing with the renovation professionals Aside from the renovation works you should also find out the costs of electrical appliances furnishing such as curtains furniture and so on However remember to watch

    Original URL path: http://www.renonation.sg/blog/21/How_to_Plan_for_a_Home_Renovation_Part_I.html (2012-12-22)
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  • 8 Kitchen Countertop Materials You May Not Have Thought Of - Renovation Blog - Renonation.sg
    sizzling hot pans and pots directly fire proof and has anti bacterial properties In fact aside from kitchen tops varnished cork tiles is increasingly used for flooring as an alternative for ceramic tiles Butcher block or also known as butcher s block is assembled wood and more commonly used as chopping blocks and cutting boards However hardwoods such as maple and oak have become increasingly popular in home use as countertops Thus I guess you do not worry about having to use a cutting board if you have it as a kitchen top Nonetheless although it is not scratch or water resistant scratches can be easily sanded out and protected from water damage by sealing with mineral oil The first thing that comes to my mind is Concrete when used as countertops is prefect for an industrial themed look Aside from being aesthetically pleasing another advantage of using concrete is that it can be tinted and dyed to be any color However unlike butcher block countertops cutting boards still have to used as well as direct impact on to the surface will damage the sealant When concrete is used it need to be sealed well to prevent staining since it is pretty porous Recycled glass countertop also known as terrazzo is made from 70 to 85 percent in recycled glass set in either cement or petroleum based binder with crushed stone Cement based recycled glass countertops are usually more durable and as smooth as polished granite Therefore aside from Cork it is yet another environmentally friendly choice Recycled glass countertop is available in many colors and easy to care for clean and nearly equivalent to granite in heat resistance However Recycled glass countertop may chip or break when there is big direct impact Fingerprints are also visible too Soapstone also

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  • How to Prepare for Selection of Renovation Professionals - Renovation Blog - Renonation.sg
    are pretty inexperienced and need guidance in the selection of renovation professional Furthermore due to their hectic work schedule the selection process has to be as efficient as possible Hence I decided to come up with a checklist on what to prepare and bring during the selection process as I believe it should come in handy in such situations 1 Floorplan Print multiple copies of the floorplan 2 Renovation Requirements Decide on the scope of the renovation and the requirements Try to be as specific as possible by indicating preferred flooring counter top type of tiles and so on List them and print multiple copies too 3 Visual Aids Decide on the design theme select visuals that will help the renovation professional to visualize the design concept The visuals can be magazine cutouts photos or images from the web You can also create a mood board of your favorite colors finishes materials and so on 4 Evaluation Criteria Decide on the evaluation criteria for the selection of renovation professional 5 Interview Questions Decide on which interview questions to field 6 Address Contact Number Locate the addresses and contact numbers of the recommended renovation professionals Save these information in the smartphone or digital tablet 7 Get a Weekday Off Weekends are peak period for renovation professionals and thus harder to arrange for meetings 8 Schedule Meetings for the Entire Day Make full use of the weekday off by scheduling meetings with various renovation professionals from morning to late evening 1 Make Reminder Calls Remind the renovation professionals of the meeting time 2 Have Plenty of Rest Sleep early to prepare for the long day ahead 1 Bring Floorplan Visual Aids Renovation Requirements By providing the renovation professionals a copy of the floorplan and requirements they can provide a more accurate quotation

    Original URL path: http://www.renonation.sg/blog/19/How_to_Prepare_for_Selection_of_Renovation_Professionals.html (2012-12-22)
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