Singapore’s BTO experience is exciting, fun and at times stressful. In this post, we cover important things you can do once you have collected the keys to your new nest.
From door opening rituals to housewarming parties, let’s learn how to make it an enjoyable journey!
1. Door opening auspicious practices
While we grow up in modern times, performing door opening rituals seem to be popular among young couples.
They include picking an auspicious date, rolling of a pineapple, shouting “HUAT AH” and sprinkling bean and salt in the house. Some may even engage a Feng Shui Master to perform special rituals.
Every race and religion has their own door opening practice. If it brings about a peace of mind, a fun time and potential good fortune, we are all for it!
For a quick and easy start, we will recommend reading our comprehensive Door Opening & Moving Ceremony Guide!
2. Consulting the “experienced” ones
Now that you have collected the keys for your BTO flat, it’s time to renovate and furnish it into your dream nest!
If you take some time to probe around personal connections (i.e friends and relative), it is common to find someone who have just got their new home too.
We would recommend reaching out to these folks as they might have first-hand tips and tricks such as renovation “lobangs” or special furniture recommendations!
On the other hand, do your research by reading up on ID/contractor guides to make sure avoid all the ID horror stories!
Lastly, it’s a good idea to join Telegram or WhatsApp groups for new homeowners. As you will be joining a community of like-minded folks, you will almost certainly get heads-up on great deals and might even pick up a friend or two!
P.S We have a Telegram Channel that features tips, guides, deals and news for Homeowners – be sure to join us here!
3. Sharing milestone photos on social media
For young couples who are active on social media, this is the perfect time to share your life-changing milestone with your friends on Instagram or Facebook.
It is fun to take “before and after” photos of your home for memories keep-sake and to keep friends informed on social media.
4. The mandatory house-warming party
After all the renovation and furnishing is completed, it’s time to invite your family and closest friends over to celebrate!
Prior to your house-warming party, don’t forget to hint to your guest the types of presents you may find useful for your house – we do have a range of handy home essentials 😉
Also read on StyleMag: Best Housewarming Gifts That Your Friends Would Surely Love
A simple house-warming party is definitely an enjoyable and heart-warming occasion. Besides, it doubles up as a catch up session as well!
Simply whip up a simple meal (or order catering to save the trouble), tidy up the house, and you are all set!
5. Getting to know thy neighbours
Once settled in, it’s a great idea to start to get your know your neighbours. It’s common to say “hi” and “bye” at the lift lobby but we recommend forming a bond with your neighbours.
You may do so by going to lessons together (yoga or cooking), attending community events as a group or by helping to baby sit!
As the Chinese saying goes, good neighbours are better than distant relatives.
Having a good rapport with your neighbours will definitely improve your living experience and it is comforting to know that you have a friend you can count on just next door!
What plans do you have after getting your BTO home?