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Home Improvement Programme (HIP)

The HIP helps you resolve common maintenance problems of ageing flats such as spalling concrete. HIP works are carried out in a systematic and comprehensive way to minimise inconvenience to you.

What is the HIP?

Flats built up to 1986 that have not undergone the Main Upgrading Programme are eligible for the HIP. The HIP comprises 3 components – Essential, Optional and Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) Improvements. If your block votes in favour of the HIP, you will enjoy Essential Improvements that are important for public health and safety, and can also opt for Optional and EASE improvements.

Scope of works

There are 3 main components of works under the HIP: the Essential, Optional and Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) Improvements.

Essential improvements

These compulsory improvements are considered necessary for public health, safety, and for technical reasons. They include:

  • Repair spalling concrete/ structural cracks
  • Replace waste / soil discharge stacks*
  • Replace pipe sockets with new clothes drying rack
  • Upgrade electrical load

*The pipes will only be changed if they are cast iron/ mixture of cast iron and UPVC/ UPVC if there are leaks and cracks – as stated in brochures.

Optional improvements

You may choose any of the improvements below and pay for only your share of the improvement works carried out in your flat.

  • Package to upgrade existing toilet(s)/ bathroom(s)
  • New decorative door
  • New metal grille gate
  • New refuse chute hopper

If you decide to opt out of the optional toilet upgrading, your toilets must pass a water test for leaks to prevent ceiling leaks in the flat below.

Here are examples of an HDB flat before and after the HIP works:



Home improvement programme

Home improvement programme

Home improvement programme

Home improvement programme

Home improvement programme

Home improvement programme

Take a look at this video  to see how the HIP is carried out, and hear from residents who have benefitted from this programme.

Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) Improvements

To enhance the safety and comfort of seniors living in our flats, we have introduced EASE as an optional improvement. You may choose any of the following items based on your needs:

  • Slip-resistant treatment to floor tiles to 2 toilets/ bathrooms
  • Grab bars to 2 toilets/ bathrooms
  • Ramps to navigate level differences in the flat and at the main entrance, where technically feasible [Ramp at the main entrance will be offered for entrances with single-step ramp, portable ramp or customised ramp for multi-step main entrance, and if technically feasible, e.g. no space constraints or compliance needed with relevant authorities].

You do not need to wait for the HIP to come your way before enjoying EASE. The EASE (Direct Application) is offered to HDB flats in all towns, benefitting elderly residents who wish to have the improvements before the HIP, or whose blocks do not qualify for the HIP.

Find out more about EASE (Direct Application) or view this video for more information. 

Construction period

The construction period for a typical precinct comprising 8 to 10 blocks will take about 1.5 to 2 years. Works in each flat will take 10 days or less, depending on the improvements chosen.

Polling requirements

The HIP will only proceed when at least 75% of a block’s eligible Singapore Citizen households have voted in favour of the HIP. Singapore Permanent Resident households are not eligible to poll.

Here is a demo on polling for the HIP. You can also check out the demo on polling for both the HIP and Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) if your block has been selected for the latter.

Precinct working committee

In each HIP precinct, a working committee will be formed to oversee the project. The committee is chaired by the adviser to the grassroots organisation and comprises representatives from the residents, grassroots leaders, HDB officials, and Town Council officials.

Cost and subsidy

These are the payment schemes for Singapore Citizen and Singapore Permanent Resident households.

Singapore Citizen households

The Government fully funds the essential improvements and subsidises a major portion of the optional improvements. These are the cost-sharing ratios and estimated amounts payable:

Flat Type

1/ 2/ 3-Room




Cost-sharing ratio





Amount payable*





Similarly, EASE is highly subsidised by the Government. If a resident selects all the EASE items, the cost would be about $2,500. As the Government subsidises up to 95% of the cost, Singapore Citizens would only need to pay from $125 to $312.50, depending on their flat type, as shown below.

Flat Type

1/ 2/ 3-Room




Cost of EASE per flat


The Government pays









Singapore Citizens pay









(Maximum amount if all the items are opted for; prices shown are before GST)

For elderly residents living in HDB rental flats, the improvement items will be fully funded by the Government. 

* All amounts stated are estimates and are subject to GST. The final amount will be determined only upon completion of the upgrading works.

You can use our HIP with EASE Financial Calculator to calculate the upgrading cost payable and monthly instalments.

Singapore Permanent Resident households

Singapore Permanent Resident households have to pay the full upgrading cost. For optional improvements, they need not pay for items that they have opted out of.

However, they can be reimbursed with the upgrading subsidy and convert their interest scheme from market interest rate to a concessionary interest rate if a flat owner obtains Singapore citizenship within 1 year from the date of billing under these schemes:

Find out more details about the HIP for your precinct.

Upcoming polling

See which precincts have been shortlisted for the HIP polling.

 If you wish to find out more about the HIP Guide, you may click on this link .

Batch Precinct Polling Dates
11 Blks 140 - 150 Jalan Bukit Merah/Silat Ave 4 to 6 Oct 2019
12 Blks 178 - 184 Bukit Batok West Ave 8 4 to 6 Oct 2019
12 Blks 108 - 112 & 119 - 124 McNair Rd 4 to 6 Oct 2019

Blks 132 - 143 Marsiling Rise/Rd & Blks 327 -  335 Woodlands St 32/Ave 1

4 to 6 Oct 2019
12 Blks 247 - 254 Hougang Ave 3 11 to 13 Oct 2019
11 Blks 371, 372, 374, 375, 523 - 528 & 530 - 534 Bukit Batok Street 31/51/52 11 to 13 Oct 2019
12 Blks 662 - 666, 663A, 664A & 666A Yishun Ave 4 11 to 13 Oct 2019
12 Blks 110 - 121 Bedok Reservoir Rd 11 to 13 Oct 2019
11 Blks 122, 124 & 127 Bukit Merah Lane 1 12 to 13 Oct 2019
12 Blks 654 - 662 & 665 - 669 Hougang Ave 4/8 18 to 20 Oct 2019
12 Blks 109 - 127 Serangoon North Ave 1 18 to 20 Oct 2019
12 Blks 441 - 448 Jurong West Ave 1/St 42 18 to 20 Oct 2019
12 Blks 321 - 326 Woodlands Street 32 & Blks 402 - 405, 411, 412, 419, 420, 428 , 429, 436 & 437 Woodlands Street 41 18 to 20 Oct 2019

Polling results

The polling results determine whether a shortlisted precinct will undergo the HIP.

Scheduled billing dates

See which precincts have been scheduled for billing.

You can subscribe to our eAlert service to receive email notifications when a newly upgraded precinct is scheduled for billing. For precincts that are still undergoing upgrading, billing is not expected to take place within the next 3 months (subject to change).

These precincts are scheduled for billing in the coming months:


Branch In Charge

Scheduled Billing Date

Blk 150 - 159 & 163 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4/ 5 Ang Mo Kio 20 Oct 2019
Blk 444 - 460 Tampines St 42 Tampines 20 Oct 2019
Blk 343, 346 - 352 and 354 - 359 Clementi Ave 2/ 5 Clementi 20 Nov 2019
Blk 512 - 514, 535 - 537 and 539 - 542 Bt Batok St 52 Bt Batok 20 Nov 2019
Blk 170 - 176 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4 Ang Mo Kio 20 Dec 2019
Blk 231 - 238 Tampines St 21 Tampines 20 Dec 2019
Blk 223 - 230 Serangoon Ave 4 Bishan 20 Dec 2019
Blk 18 and 19 Marsiling Lane Woodlands 20 Dec 2019
Blk 215 - 223 & 230 Tampines St 23/ 24 Tampines 20 Jan 2020
Blk 840, 842 - 843, 845, 847 - 850, 853 - 855 Woodlands St 82/83 Woodlands 20 Jan 2020
Blk 267 - 271 Tampines St 21 Tampines 20 Jan 2020
Blk 529 - 539 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5/10    


You will only need to pay the upgrading cost after the upgrading works in the precinct are completed and if you are the flat owner at the date of billing. Billing will only occur after the upgrading costs for the precinct and the flat owners' share of the upgrading costs are finalised.

The images in the information provided herein are for illustrative purposes and the actual improvements (including the colour, type, design, dimensions and specifications of the actual improvements) installed may differ from the improvements shown in the images in the information provided herein.

The time frame we give is an estimate and the information does not take into account any change that may occur subsequently. Please check with HDB on the exact billing date and if the information provided herein applies to your circumstances.

Your use of and/or reliance on all or any part of the information relating to the Home Improvement Programme contained in the HDB InfoWEB (the “Content”) is subject to your full acceptance of the Terms of Use of the HDB InfoWEB.

To seek clarification of the Content, please visit to obtain HDB’s contact details.


For more information, you can refer to our HIP information booklet.