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Renovation is a common affair in Singapore, with more and more people carrying out the noisy and dusty work in their homes. While many Singaporeans are understanding of the necessary nuisances associated with renovation, there are always a few who will make noise complaints to HDB.

It is inevitable that during the course of renovation, noise will be created. There are specific guidelines regarding HDB noise rules that need to be followed when carrying out renovations, and these vary depending on the type of renovation work that is being done. Some of the most common causes of noise complaints during home renovations include drilling, sawing, and hammering. It is therefore important to take steps to minimise the noise levels. Below are 7 ways on how to do so:

1) Inform your neighbours

In order to avoid such situations, it is important to let your neighbours know about the renovation works and plans well in advance and get their approval. If you have neighbours who are likely to complain, try to keep them in the loop and ask them to contact you if they do have any issues. You can do this by sending an email, or even better, dropping flyers into their letterboxes. Let them know the dates and hours during which you will be carrying out the work, and be sure to remind them that you will make every effort to keep the noise levels to a minimum.


2) Try to schedule the renovation work during off-peak hours

Renovation work can be a hassle, but it’s important to try to schedule the work during off-peak hours to avoid any noise complaints from your neighbours. Therefore, HDB has noise hours that should be complied with. HDB renovation work is allowed between the hours of 7am and 11pm on weekdays, and between 9am and 6pm on Saturdays. If you need to do any work outside of these hours, you will need to apply for a Noise Permit. Noise complaints are a common issue during HDB renovations, so it’s important to be considerate of your neighbours and try to minimise the noise as much as possible. You can find more information about HDB renovation guidelines on HDB’s website.

3) Keep the noise level down during HDB renovation

Renovation work in a HDB can be a noisy affair. So, you can look at some ways to keep the noise level down to avoid noise complaints during HDB renovation. The first step is to try and keep the number of people working on the renovation project to a minimum. Second, you can tell the contractors to stick to the work schedule and try to limit the hours of renovation each day.

4) Using the correct tools and materials that create minimal noise

As a responsible resident, it is important to know the right tools and materials to use during your renovation so that you can avoid causing excessive noise and disturbing your neighbours. Use high-quality materials that are noise-resistant or choose low-noise tools and equipment. For example, using power tools with a silencer can help to reduce the noise levels significantly. This will help to minimise the amount of noise that is created. Some of the noisier tools and materials to avoid include power drills, saws and sanders. 

5) Keep the worksite clean and free of debris

Always try to keep the site clean and free of waste. This means putting all of your tools and materials away when you’re not using them, and sweeping up any debris or dust that may have accumulated. This will help to prevent noises from being amplified. Make sure that any rubbish you produce is disposed of properly, and do not leave it lying around. You can place dust sheets and/or barriers around the worksite to prevent dust and noise from spreading.

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6) Place acoustic panels or sound-proofing materials around the work area

Noise complaints are common during HDB renovation, as the construction work can be quite disruptive. One solution is to place acoustic panels or sound-proofing materials around the work area. This will help to absorb and deflect the sound, preventing it from echoing and disrupting the neighbours.

7) Work with a contractor who is familiar with the regulations

The contractor should be able to advise on the best way to carry out the renovation so that there is minimal disruption to the neighbours. In addition, the contractor should also be able to work within the prescribed time frame so that the renovation can be completed on schedule.


Enjoy HDB Renovation with MyRenoDiary 

HDB renovation is a process that can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, and during this time, it is important to make sure that the noise levels are kept to a minimum. Many people choose to do the renovation work themselves to save on costs, but this can often lead to more noise as there are more people working in a confined space.

That’s where MyRenoDiary comes in. We offer expert advice and quality workmanship at budget-friendly prices for your HDB renovation. MyRenoDiary is coming from professional interior designers and ex-contractors with over 10 years experience. Home renovations can be stressful, but with MyRenoDiary they don’t have to be. We take care of everything for you so you can relax and enjoy your new home!