2nd appointment with HDB is on the 11th Nov 2009. That is also when I'll be getting the keys to my new house.
That doesn't leave me with a lot of time for the renovation since CNY is just round the corner. From my past experience, most of the workers in the renovation industry is from across the straits and they typically return home about a week before CNY. Thing is they don't return until the 7th day or the 15th. Which means unless I want to have a 2 - 3 week gap in the renovation schedule, I need to aim for completion 1 week before CNY. That gives me roughly 3 months max for the renovation itself.
I'll need to select a good and reliable ID, confirm the design and finalize the scope of work by the 11th Nov to maximise the renovation time.
Let the adventure begin!