The flat was a major push factor for Mr Goh and I to get married. If you understand Singapore, you have to be married in order to qualify for a public housing flat or wait till you’re above 35 years old, then you qualify to purchase a public housing flat on your own. HDB flats now take up to 5 years to be completed, so we decided to try our luck for a Bukit Batok launch last Nov.
We applied for the 5 room flat (floor area of 112sqm) since we don’t think we want to move soon after starting a family for more space. Urgh. The flats nowadays are getting smaller and smaller. It’s a “chicken and egg” situation because on one hand, the government says family sizes are getting smaller thus the flat sizes can afford to be smaller, but on the other hand, the government is asking us to increase the birth rate. If the flats are so small and expensive, how to have more children….
There are 2 different layouts for 5-room, but we liked this one where all the bedrooms are on one side, and the household shelter is accessed from inside the kitchen (makes storage of the pantry easier).
Another reason why we decided to apply for a flat one year into our relationship was because we’ve heard many stories from around us that the flats are hard to get – too many people vying for them. It’s either we are extremely lucky or that no one wants to be neighbours with us because we managed to get a ballot number on our first application. And it was a pretty good number too: #50 out of 270. Me, being kiasu me, selected 6 units and 5 levels, so we have 30 units to choose from… cannot be all 30 units are taken up before it’s our turn right??
We kept monitoring (ok, I kept monitoring) the HDB website to see if our choice units are still available and lucky for us, our first choice was still available, right up to our appointment time!
Completion date is in Q1 2019, so that means we’ve got 5 whole years to save up for renovations and furnishings! Before we get excited about the house, we’ve got a “test” room to furnish – which is my study room. My mum’s going to renovate that room as my matrimonial room coz Mr Goh’s room is just too tiny for 2 to live comfortably. I came across this website while browsing another home decor blog and thought the site is extremely useful!