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Tips for New Owners and Tenants
 

Moving to a new home? Congratulations !

Moving to a new home especially to a new country does come with its fair share of co-ordination and inherent time-consuming hassles. Without proper planning and organisation, the moving trauma can explode in an overloaded wagon at some point and life can turn unexpectedly miserable in a supposedly happy sweet new home. Ensuring that your coming move will be smooth and uneventful, we put together here a set of useful home moving tips and info to get you prepared and ready for the move.

We trust that our Relocation Tips will help your relocation to this beautiful country here in Singapore smooth and easy.

Moving Plan
Getting a Mover
Packing Tips
Setting up life in a New Place

 



Moving Plan

There are tons of work to do, resources to check out, calls to make and etc. You want to assemble a list of the legion of items you need to take care of, so that you can stop forgetting to do things - or worse, stop worrying about forgetting to do things. With this list in hand, you can move ruthlessly down it, handling tasks, checking items off and so forth.

The obvious question is, "What should that list contain and in what order?"

A) 2 to 12 weeks before M-Day

1. Find a place to live [at least 8 to 12 weeks before M-Day]
Depending on where you plan to move to, this can be the single most exasperating task of all. If your destination is some foreign land, for example, you could spend weeks and even months on just this one task alone. Check out the schools for the kids, identify the transport arrangement to the place of work etc. Thankfully, we've already set up this site for all your relocation needs. Just contact us, we do the rest !

2. Consult your employer's moving policy [8 weeks before M-Day]
Obviously, if you don't have an employer or don't have one that is underwriting any part of your move, this is irrelevant. If you do, though, take a good look at their policies to make sure that you adhere to their guidelines. They may agree to let you use a professional mover, but limit the list of approved vendors, for example.

3. Give notice to your landlord [8 weeks before M-Day]
Even if your lease is up on a specific date, your landlord will want to be sure that you are planning on vacating on that day. If you are on a month-to-month lease, this is particularly important, and you should give more than just one month's notice. Common decency and an outside chance of legal tussle.

4. Book your travel arrangements [4 to 6 weeks before M-Day]
Unless you're strolling across campus, you're going to need transportation for your move. If you and your stuff are traveling together, you'll probably locomote personally via plane, train, or automobile. For plane tickets particularly, you should be booking at least a month in advance to avoid getting reamed on the last-minute prices.

5. Contact moving companies [4 weeks before M-Day]
If you do decide to go with a professional mover, this is the time you should contact them. If you leave it too late, no amount of money will be enough to get them to move your stuff.

6. Getting rid the old stuffs [4 weeks before M-Day]
This is a major hassle but trust us, doing it will make your final packing infinitely easier.

7. Change of address notification [3 weeks before M-Day]
Even if you've already gone ahead and changed your addresses for subscriptions and other people, it's always a good idea to pass along your forwarding address to the post office. Magazines are painfully slow about changing your address and sending your stuff to the right place. You should do this with the rest of your mail too -- like credit card bills, car payments, insurance plans, etc.
8. Garage sale or charities [2 weeks before M-Day]
Remember all that stuff you found around the house. If anything is valuable, you should be scheduling a garage sale to get rid of it; or you can always donate it to some local charities or The Salvation Army.

B) 2 Weeks before M-Day

1. Schedule Mover pick-up [10 days before M-Day]
If you're going with professional movers, you'll want to check back in with them at this stage to schedule a specific time for the pick-up and/or packing of your stuff.

2. Gather records [10 days before M-Day]
Start organizing or put aside all the important documents you have. Swing by your dentist's office and clinic to pick up dental and medical records. Other documents you may need include ones kept by your lawyer, your school, your religious institution, or your accountant.

3. Moving supplies [7 days before M-Day]
You're going to need boxes, tape, and packing material for your move

4. Arrange a place to stay on your last night in town [5 days before M-Day]
Chances are, your old place will be barren on the last night you're in town, so unless you want to crash in a sleeping back on the bare floor with no food, you should make alternative arrangements.

5. Close bank accounts [3 days before M-Day]
Start shutting down all your bank accounts before you leave town. This can be as easy as writing yourself a check for the balance of your account, but could be much more involved. It differs from bank to bank, so schedule a visit to your personal banker.

6. Gather your travel necessities [3 days before M-Day]
So you've put together all the big documents by now, but you want to make sure you have your driver's license, registration, passport, wallet, credit cards all within handy reach.

7. Arrange to disconnect utilities [3 days before M-Day]
Pre-arrange utilities to be cut one to two days after your move. Yes, it may cost you a little extra to keep everything running a few more days, but on moving day, you're going to need power and water.

C) Moving Day

By now, all arrangements and packing should be all done. Just relax, leave the loading to the Movers or load up your own truck. Then move on …
 



Getting a Mover

Okay, this is the big one. Agreeing to have someone come and take all your stuff calls for a great leap of faith .. so take a deep breath, and keep these tips in mind.

First, you need to know whom to call! Start by hitting these web sites that contain directories to movers nationwide. From there, you can choose a mover who operates in your area and can deliver to your destination.

1. Choose a mover
Obviously you'll want a mover who can meet your budget and your needs. Anything that you can use to filter your choice of mover is clearly worth keeping in mind, and you can easily weed out the sketchy groups by asking for their accreditation.

2. Get an estimate.
Before you agree to do this, you're obviously going to want a pretty precise estimate of how much it is all going to cost you. Other than checking a mover's general rates -- which are typically a function of how heavy your stuff is and how far you plan to move it -- you'll want them to come by to see your stuff and to give you a more exact number.

There are two types of estimates: binding and nonbinding. Binding just means that they can't change their mind on you later. Not a bad idea, but it doesn't really matter too much. To get an accurate number for either, you have to show them everything -- everything -- you plan to move. So clear out under the beds, empty the closets, bear it all.

3. Plan your move.
If you're going full service, the mover will pack your stuff for you. But you may want to keep an eye on the process, since this is when they'll be compiling your inventory. You should check this list very closely. See Packing Tips below. When you get to your new house, if you can't find it and it isn't on the list you signed, you could spoilt everythings ....

There you go. You're all set. Now get a move on already...
 



Packing Tips

Whether you're packing for yourself or letting others do it, it's always important to plan ahead! In either case, you may want to see to fragile or valuable items. But please note—movers are not responsible for damage to boxes you've packed yourself.
Before you start...

You might want to create an informal schedule of what things to pack when. Most importantly, plan for a box of "Open First/Pack Last" essentials like:

• Utility knife—essential for the rest of the job!
• Dishes, flatware, especially glasses.
• Pillows, bedding, towels.
• Cleaning products, paper towels (which you can also use as packing material).
• Medication and essential toiletries (soap, toilet paper, shampoo).
• First-aid kit.
• Address book or PDA.
• An alarm clock or clock radio.
• A small lamp or flashlight.
• Cellular or plug-in phone (for emergencies).
• Important papers (bank statements, prescriptions) or computer files.
Packing Supplies

If doing your own packing, here's a checklist of supplies you'll need:
Boxes, boxes, boxes! Start collecting early—you'd be surprised how many you'll need. Copier paper, computer and liquor boxes, as well as orange cartons, are your best bet. The more you can collect beforehand, the better…they may take up space but they're a great money-saver.

For clothing, best to purchase large garment boxes (about $15 each). They have sturdy crossbars across the top so you can hang your suits, dresses, coats, etc.

Clear plastic bags are great for small stuff and you can easily identify their contents.

Packing tape—you can't have too much. Don't forget to tape the box bottoms. Masking tape is excellent for labeling or securing covers around larger items. Labels help you and the movers unload boxes to the right room. Use colored labels to instantly identify each box. And don't forget the markers. Small tools, like hammer or screwdriver, for disassembly.

A notepad to record and color-code what you packed. Keep this with your important documents.
And remember—many moving companies sell sturdy and/or custom boxes.

 


 

 

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Ambulance - 995

Fire Brigade - 995

Police - 999

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Flight Information - 1800 542 4422 / 6542 6988

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Pet Ambulance and Transport - 6552 2222

Utilities Supply - 1800 2222 333

Water Supply - 1800 736 2055

Electricity Supply - 1800 235 6841

Piped Gas Supply - 1800 736 2080

 

            Transportation

Bus (TIBS) - 6482 5433

Bus (SBS) - 6287 2727

Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) - 1800 225 5582

MRT 6336 8900

Railway 6222 5165

Taxi (City Cab) - 6552 2222

Taxi (Comfort Cablink) - 6552 1111

Taxi (TIBS) - 6481 1211

 Traffic Police Department - 1800 547 1818

Vehicle Registration and Licensing - 1800 553 5229

 

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Central Provident Fund Board (CPF)
Tel : 1800-6227 1188
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Ministry of Education (MOE)
Tel : 6872 1110
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Employment Pass

Ministry of Manpower (MOM)
Tel : 6438 5122
www.gov.sg/mom/epd/epd.htm

Flights Information

www.changi.airport.com.sg

Healthcare

Ministry of Health (MOH)
Tel : 6325 9220
www.moh.gov.sg

Immigration

Immigration and Checkpoints Authority
Tel : 6391 6100
www.ica.gov.sg

Telephone Operators

M1 :  www.m1.com.sg
Singtel :  www.singtel.com
Starhub :  www.starhub.com

Movies and Theatres

www.cathay.com.sg
www.gv.com.sg
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www.esplanade.com
www.shawonline.sbmedia.sg
www.singaporetheatre.com

News

straitstimes.asiaone.com
business-times.asiaone.com

Transportation

Land Transport Authority (LTA)
Tel : 1800-255 5582
www.lta.gov.sg

Other Singapore Links
 

www.sg
www.visitsingapore.com
www.contactsingapore.org.sg
 


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