Guide to Moving Houses in Singapore: How To Do it the Smart Way
Moving into a new house can be an exciting prospect and something you look forward to with great fervour. Just imagine a spanking new home, pristine furniture, bigger space and cosier surroundings. You simply cannot wait to settle in comfortably to your new “home, sweet home”.
However, the process of shifting to your new place from when and how to move, what to move over and which mover’s company to engage can be extremely daunting and arduous. But do not to worry, here in ShopBack, we have gathered our wits to guide you on how to move to your new house and make it as painless and hassle-free as possible.
Moving house soon but not knowing exactly where and how to start? Read on to get some handy tips on how you can save money and time while moving.
Basic steps to save you time and cost while moving:
- Create a timeline and schedule your tasks ahead of time.
- Keep a list of everything you need to pack.
- Decide if you need to hire a moving company and ask for quotes
- Book your moving dates and time.
- Make sure everything is in order in your new place: utilities, internet, etc.
1. Create a timeline and schedule your tasks ahead of time
To ensure that your moving process is smooth and minimise hiccups, it is wise to plan your every move when moving houses. As such, you will have to get down to the nitty gritty and be aware of things like when you need to finish packing, how to pack your things, what are the things to shift over and how, costs involved in moving, when you can move in to your new place, when you need to hand over your old house to the new owners, when to install your home broadband, which retail outlets you should get your furniture from and more.
There is a “laundry list” of things to do and consider when you move so it is always good to plan way ahead and know how much time you have to complete each task. Start by doing a checklist and prioritizing the things to do when moving and taking note of their respective deadlines. This will save you time and help you plan the budget.
2. Come up with an Inventory List
The power of lists when it comes to packing and house-shifting can never be underestimated or overstated. There are a thousand and one things to pack and bring over to your new house from your old place, particularly if you have stayed there for a long time or have a large family.
Consider what to pack carefully. Is it really necessary to lug everything you have over to your new place or are there some things that you can donate or throw away? It will, therefore, be useful to create an inventory list of what you should move to your new house and what is better thrashed into the bin.
An excellent way of devising an inventory list is to tour around your house and write down all the items you see in each room, whether they are large or small. Type in all the items into a Microsoft Excel sheet, print it out and then tick or cross out the item depending on whether you are keeping and packing the item or tossing it away. In this way, you are making your moving process a whole lot easier and not to mention, save you precious time.
3. Doing it Yourself vs Engaging Professional Movers
Another big decision you have to make when moving houses is to decide if you should DIY or hire paid help. For that, look through your inventory list and assess the volume and size of items you need to move into your new house, the costs of engaging professional movers and if you are able to enlist the help of friends and family.
Typically, most movers’ companies in Singapore provide a full suite of services from wrapping, loading, transporting, unloading and unwrapping of your items by skilled professionals. Therefore, you can be assured that all your furniture items including the fragile pieces remain in their original condition and are all safely delivered to your new place.
If cost is a factor, compare the moving fees of and the services rendered by the various moving companies before you decide which one is the best value for money. Renowned moving companies like Shalom Movers and Elite Movers are famed for their efficiency and excellent service but often comes with a heftier price tag. Alternatively, you can save money and perform a good deed at the same time by engaging smaller house moving services like The Helping Hand Moving Service and TC Movers which hire ex-convicts as movers though you may have to pack the items yourself.
If you have a large vehicle like a van or have friends who do, why not do the moving yourself? This is feasible if you do not have too many items to move or have a bunch of helpful friends and family members whom you can rope in together to help you pack and move. Granted, it may take you more time and perhaps more trips to transport your items, But you can very well save on moving costs and use that money to give your wonderful helpers a big treat instead!
4. Set your moving dates wisely
Moving your items to your new house is no mean feat and often it requires more than one day or two. And perhaps you are into Feng Shui and believe in moving into your new house on certain auspicious dates and times. In any case, estimate the number of days you need to move so that you can fix the dates and possibly apply for leave in advance.
Once you have determined your moving dates, liaise with the moving company (if you are hiring one) to ensure that they are available on your proposed dates to shift. Movers like Red Sun Movers and Elite Movers provide moving services even on weekends and public holidays so if you are planning to move on those days, you can definitely rely on them to help with the moving.
5. Contact your Service Providers for the new place
Once you have confirmed the dates and times to move out of your old house and into your new residence, inform key service providers like Public Utilities Board (PUB), internet service providers, banks and statutory boards to inform changes in mailing address and contact number or to do a service switch to your new place.
In this way, you will not have to worry about finding your new home lacking in amenities like electricity, water and not to mention internet access when you move in. By keeping your service providers in the loop, you will more certainly be able to feel most at home in your brand new nest.
So there you have it, our list of five key things to take note of if you are planning to move into your new abode with the greatest ease and confidence. And, if you are on the lookout for new furniture or decor objects, do check our Shopback home and living deals! ShopBack lets you in on the latest information from the best Qoo10 promo code to the latest Aliexpress coupon for you to save more on top of Cashback!
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