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“I Waited 7 Years For My HDB Maisonette” 5 Homeowners Share Their Regrets

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7 months ago

No regrets: renovation costs were kept below 100K, have rooms to offer guests when they visit SG (happens to us often), great place to host while our kids have their own space upstairs to play without getting to each other’s way. It’s really good as we don’t have to squeeze in tiny kitchens and small spaces, esp for ppl who work from home most of the time.

Re the stairs issue, isn’t it a common problem for landed property (houses with more than 1 storey too)?

7 months ago
Reply to  Margaret

This article is abt bad decisions and all the negatives. Can we have a positive data next?

6 months ago
Reply to  Margaret

The stairs are just excuses to justify their hype for having staircase around. If given landed they also need to climb and worst even longer stairs.

The reno cost for EM vs normal 4-5rm HDB don’t different much. It all depend what you are going to do. One extra toilet and bigger sqft that for sure will increase but not by 50K too.

7 months ago

Any current MA owner who are proud of their home? I’m planning to buy next Yr. Of cos reno cost is subjective. There are ppl who renovated condo for 70k as well

6 months ago

Not sure why this article is so negative. We renovated 6 years ago and managed to keep cost below 65k despite hacking every single thing except the marble and parquet flooring in the house. During covid period, we felt living in a EM was a blessing because we have so much space. Till today, we still love our place and the privacy as the blocks in our neighbourhood are quite far apart unlike many btos and new condos. We take up memberships with country clubs for the pool and gym so we do not feel the facilities are necessary. As for the safety issues, this can be easily addressed with a safety gate. Kids are smarter than you think too, they know what is danger.

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