Published on Aug 5, 2011 | By Cheryl Lim | The Straits Times

THE days when a buyer finds the sofa does not fit into his new home may soon be over, thanks to tough new rules that will force developers to measure up to the floor plans and flashy showflats they use in the sales campaign.

The floor area of rooms in a new unit, from balconies to bedrooms and the dining area, will have to be accurately outlined so buyers can be confident that they will get what they paid for, down to the last inch.

An initial suggestion had asked developers to give measurements of only spaces like balconies and planters.

The relevant rules and regulations will be amended for this and other earlier proposals, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) said yesterday.