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Moving to a new home?
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.
Getting a Mover
Setting up life in a New Place
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
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.
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.
Useful Telephone No and Links you need ..
Ambulance - 995
Fire Brigade -
Police - 999
Hotline - 6270
Office - 6277
- 62727 800 /
(Local call) - 100
(Time) - 1711
1800 542 4422 /
Ambulance - 1777
and Transport -
- 1800 2222 333
Water Supply -
1800 736 2055
Supply - 1800
Piped Gas Supply
- 1800 736 2080
Bus (TIBS) -
Bus (SBS) - 6287
Pricing (ERP) -
1800 225 5582
MRT 6336 8900
Taxi (City Cab)
- 6552 2222
Cablink) - 6552
Taxi (TIBS) -
1800 547 1818
Licensing - 1800
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