Wednesday, October 31, 2012

BTO flat buyers get new package

In line with efforts to provide greater flexibility to flat buyers, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) has introduced a new doors-and-sanitary fittings package for Build-to-Order (BTO) units, reported AsiaOne.


Available for BTOs launched last month and onwards, the package costs between S$3,190 and S$4,330 depending on the flat type and comes under HDB’s Optional Component Scheme (OCS), which allows buyers to pay for extra finishes such as internal doors and flooring.


According to a HDB spokesman, the sanitary fittings were launched to provide more choices and reduce wastage when buyers choose to customise their own fittings during renovation.


Meanwhile, homeowners said the new fittings package somewhat addresses concerns over the price of HDB’s doors-only package which costs around S$3,000 on average for four- to five-room flats.


For example, a set of five laminated semi-solid timber doors costs S$2,830 for BTO projects launched in March 2012, like Clementi Ridges and Fajar Hills. Over at Punggol Opal (pictured) which was launched in July, the set costs S$3,080. This translates to S$566 to S$616 per door for four- to five-room flats.


However, suppliers revealed that similar quality doors can be bought for around S$230 each, including installation. For instance, Best Industrial in Kaki Bukit Crescent charges S$230 for a laminated semi-solid door with timber frame. A solid timber door with no coat costs S$200. This package along with installation translates to a cost of S$1,150.


HDB said that the doors are sourced from suppliers and they require the suppliers to ensure good workmanship and finishes.


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