• Published Date: 30 Mar 2020

         Residents whose flats are eligible for upgrading under the extended Home Improvement Programme (HIP) can now look forward to new and better quality fittings, as part of HDB’s continuous efforts to improve the quality and design of HDB flats. Besides featuring more updated designs, these new fittings also help to enhance residents’ safety and comfort at home.


    2     The HIP was previously offered to HDB flats built up to 1986. About 320,000 flats were eligible for the HIP under this 1986 age-band. The programme focuses on improvements within the flat, and helps flat owners address common maintenance problems related to ageing flats in a systematic and comprehensive manner. The full list of improvement items, comprising Essential and Optional improvement items, is in the Annex.


    3     In August 2018, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the programme would be extended to another 230,000 flats built between 1987 and 1997. The first batch of flats, comprising some 55,000 units, will be offered the extended HIP starting from this year.


    Refreshed HIP Package with Updated, Better Quality Home Fittings


    4     The package for the extended HIP will be refreshed to include more contemporary and better quality improvement items. Residents can also choose from a wider range of improvement items, including:


    1. Retractable Clothes Drying Rack
    • As part of continual efforts to enhance the comfort and safety of our residents, HDB has developed a new retractable laundry rack. Designed with elderly residents in mind, the new rack comes with six horizontal stainless steel poles installed externally. The poles can be extended and retracted within the frame of the rack, so that residents can easily reach them from the kitchen window to hang or retrieve their laundry. Besides requiring less effort to use, the new retractable laundry rack is also safer as residents no longer need to lift and manoeuvre bamboo poles loaded with laundry out of the window to dry.


    The retractable clothes drying rack with poles extended within the frame to dry laundry (left) and with poles retracted when hanging or retrieving laundry (right)

    The new retractable clothes drying rack was piloted at an HDB block in 2018

    1. More Durable Main Entrance Door and Gate

    • Laminated timber doors will be included as an option under the extended HIP, in place of veneer doors. The new laminated timber doors are more scratch-resistant and durable compared to veneer doors. The decorative timber door will continue to be offered as an option.

    • A modern steel grille entrance gate with an interior thumb-turn knob will be offered as an option, replacing the current mild steel gate. The new steel grille entrance gate comes in more contemporary designs, and features an interior thumb-turn knob so residents who prefer not to use a key can unlock the gate from the inside using the knob. The wrought iron gate will continue to be offered as an option where the gate can be unlocked with a key.

    The new laminated timber door (left) will be offered as an option alongside the current timber door (right).


    The new steel entrance gate with thumb-turn knob (left) will be offered as an option alongside the current iron wrought gate (right)


    1. Toilet / Bathroom Package
    • Larger wall and floor tiles in a wider range of modern designs will be offered. Walls will be fitted with 300mm x 600mm tiles, instead of 250mm x 200mm tiles, while the floor will be fitted with 300mm x 300mm tiles instead of 200mm x 200mm tiles. The larger tiles provide for a more modern look and feel, and allow for better visual continuity.

    • Better quality, water-efficient sanitary fittings, comprising a new range of dual flush low capacity WCs, along with tap and sanitary fittings with better quality finishes, will be introduced. All fittings (i.e basins and taps, toilet cisterns) will have a rating of at least “Very Good” under PUB’s Water Efficient Labelling Scheme.

    Toilets/ bathrooms will be upgraded with larger tiles and better quality sanitary fittings that come in a range of more modern designs.


    HIP Made Affordable


    5     HIP is heavily subsidised by the Government to ensure that it is affordable for residents.  The cost of the Essential Improvements is fully borne by the Government, while the subsidy for Optional improvements remains unchanged, at up to 95% of the total cost, so benefitting Singaporean households need only pay a small fraction of the upgrading works. Depending on their flat type, Singaporean households pay between 5% and 12.5% of the cost for the Optional Improvements that they have chosen. The maximum amount payable for a full suite of Optional Improvements will range from $550 to $1,375, depending on flat type.  Meanwhile, the cost of offering HIP to 230,000 flats is expected to cost the Government more than $2bn.


    6     The extended HIP is testament to HDB’s commitment to continuously rejuvenate our towns and flats, to maintain their vibrancy and create even better homes for all.