Whether you live in a housing estate, village house, independent villa, or village, neglecting pre-renovation preparation can lead to potential losses.

Home Renovation Guide Part 3: The Importance of Proper Preparation
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If you live in a multi-unit residential building, you are probably accustomed to the noise of renovations and may sometimes notice long protective mats placed in the elevator lobby like red carpets. It’s important to address these matters before beginning any renovation work, regardless of whether you live in a housing estate, village house, independent villa, or village, as neglecting pre-renovation preparation can lead to potential losses.

Before starting a renovation project in the housing estate, it is important to first fully comprehend the necessary steps and requirements. This includes understanding the procedures and documents needed to submit a renovation application to the management office, the restrictions on construction hours, the process for paying the renovation deposit, and other relevant details. By being clear on these matters, you can avoid delays and ensure a smooth start to the renovation project.

Next, it is essential to ensure that adequate protective measures are in place during the renovation. This includes using dust-resistant adhesive tape or protective film to cover window sills, aluminium windows, and other surfaces inside the unit to prevent scratches caused by debris generated during dismantling. Additionally, furniture and appliances that need to be preserved should be removed from the site to minimise any potential losses. The homeowner is also responsible for public areas outside the unit. It is advisable to take photos before the renovation begins to document the initial condition. It is also important to protect corridors, elevators, lobbies, and other walkways by using hollow boards or thin wooden boards. If any damage occurs during the transportation of materials such as cement, the homeowner will be required to provide compensation.

Additionally, homeowners should familiarise themselves with the tools and process used for dismantling, and communicate any necessary adjustments with the designer or renovation company. It is important for homeowners to clearly outline which items need to be dismantled and preserved before the project begins, provide a comprehensive list of assets and conditions prior to handing over the unit, and discuss potential solutions for any issues that may arise to prevent disputes later on. After the dismantling is completed, homeowners should carefully inspect according to the discussed content, as some hidden details may be overlooked even by the craftsmen, such as the need to dismantle the top of the storage ceiling before constructing the door. Additionally, homeowners must pay extra attention to immediate dangers at the dismantled location.

Finally, Asia Designers Community would like to emphasise the importance of selecting renovation contractors who are registered under the Environmental Protection Department's Construction Waste Disposal Charging Scheme. This ensures that renovation waste is disposed of legally and responsibly, giving you peace of mind.

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