To apologise for renovation noise, S’pore couple gives neighbors gifts & notes – Mothership.SG

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Renovation noise is the bane of our existence, especially for those who still work remotely from home.

To express their apology for the noise caused by their home renovations, a couple in Singapore prepared gifts and notes for their neighbors.

Teas, cookies & notes

On Mar. 4, TikTok user Kylie, under the handle @spongliee, shared a TikTok video to document their efforts to be more neighborly.

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The couple had bundled boxes of Lipton tea and cookies together with a string and attached a note to briefly introduce themselves, as well as to explain the purpose of their literal peace offering.

Image via @spongliee on TikTok.

Here’s what the note said:

“Dear neighbour,

We are the new owners of #12-261.

Since we will be doing some renovations for the next 2 months, here are some cookies and tea for your tea time =)

Please accept these as a form of apology for any inconvenience caused.

Yours truly,

Kylie and Daniel”

Image via @spongliee on TikTok.

Distributed care packs to immediate neighbors

Kylie shared more details about her care packs in response to comments from netizens.

While she was unable to distribute the gifts to half of the units in the block, she gave one to neighbors on their floor and those living directly below and above them.

According to Kylie, their contractor had notified the neighbors about the renovations but the couple decided to go the extra mile with “a small gift”.

Kylie also revealed that they managed to finish the hacking in a few days.

She added that her decision to prepare pre-renovation care packs for neighbors was inspired by someone else who had done something similar.

Netizens share similar experiences

Many netizens replied to the video with comments that applauded the couple for their thoughtful gesture.

One suggested that the gift might not be very helpful to alleviate the potential disturbance caused.

A number of people also shared their experiences of their own renovations creating noise, as well as being on the receiving end of the din caused.

Here are some similar positive experiences of residents/ neighbors who try to soften the blow of dealing with the inevitable ruckus:

Someone even felt inspired to give their neighbors earplugs before their next home renovation.

Some netizens also took the chance to share their own unpleasant experiences.

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Top images via @spongliee on TikTok.

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