Relocation Tips and Guide


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, 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 and Guide will help your relocation to this beautiful country here in Singapore smooth and easy.




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.



Holding Garage Sales

Selling your home often means getting rid of a ton of stuff that you have accumulated over the years. What better way to do this, make money, and have fun in the bargain than by holding a garage sale?

Immensely popular, garage sales offer a homeowner a way to turn unwanted items into cash, and shoppers an opportunity to get real bargains. If having a garage sale is in your future, start gathering up the following objects. These items have proven to be the most sought-after treasures at garage sales:

• BOOKS: When asked what they had bought at garage sales, 63 % of respondents said, "books", making them the single most popular item.

• CHILDREN'S CLOTHING: The better the condition, the more in demand. But, even those garments with stains may still be serviceable, and may be swept up by bargain hunters.

• CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS: Those five boxes of lights that you found under the eaves ( and haven't used in 10 years) are sought-after items.

• EXERCISE EQUIPMENT: That bike, or rowing machine, that you have been using for a clothes rack, can be turned into cash.

• FURNITURE: Whatever odd piece you no longer want will probably be snapped up by someone else.

• GARDENING GEAR: Well-crafted trowels and other digging tools are virtually indestructible. Some gardener will surely be looking for them.

• HARDWARE: Don't throw away those picture hangers, hooks, and nails. Your old tools will also be a hit.

• LAMPS: Even if they need to be re-wired, table lamps are an item that garage sale advocates want.

• LUGGAGE: Old suitcases, while heavier than today's models, are also tougher. Some people prefer this strong luggage.

• PET SUPPLIES: Alas, a hamster cage or a fish bowl often lasts longer than the pets they once housed. Sell it !

• PICTURE FRAMES: Because new ones are expensive, frames are popular items, and ones that never go out of style.

• PLANTERS, and VASES: Again, these items do not go out of style, but DO go quickly at garage sales.

• RECORDS: Collectors scour garage sales looking for gems, and ordinary people come looking for their favorites.

• TOYS and GAMES: Simple toys and classic games are always in demand.
If your storage area is bursting with the things listed above, and you would rather have the cash than the chore of moving everything to a new location, consider a garage sale.


To help insure a successful sale, keep the following tips in mind:

• Have small bills and change available. Don't lose a potential sale because you can't make change, or break a twenty dollar bill.

• Bring your common sense. People shop garage sales for bargains. Period. Be realistic with the pricing of your sale items.

• Bring your sense of humor. Be prepared for good-natured (or maybe NOT so good-natured) haggling. If you think you might be offended if someone makes a low ball offer on the picture frame Aunt Rose gave you, then don’t put it out for sale.

Remember WHY you had the sale in the first place. A garage sale is successful if you have nothing left at the end of the day to put back into the garage





Setting up life in a New Place

A) Immediate task after Moving In

There are things that need to be sorted out, here is a good list..

1. New utilities
There's nothing more depressing than sitting in an unfurnished new apartment and not even being able to call anyone as the phone is still not working by the time you get there. Coordinate with the agent on the phone connection, gas, electricity, water, cable, and trash collection at the new place.

2. List of things to buy
There is going to be an arsenal of things you'll need to set up your new home. Before you leave your old place, you should make a list of the things that you think are priority. Here's one tip: food. Here's another: cleaning products.

3. New bank account
You may not be able to take care of this task until you arrive and can visit the bank yourself, but you can probably make phone calls before you get there to inquire about what kinds of accounts the competing banks are offering.

4. Schooling arrangements
Confirm placement and schooling transport arrangement for the children

5. Driver's licenses
Again, you'll probably have to hike over to the DMV and waste a day there once you arrive -- and you often have a grace period to get your car set up -- but just remember to take care of this item.

6. Set up new insurance policies
If you've got a car, you'll need to update or purchase your insurance policies to take into account your move.

B) Acclimating to Your New Neighborhood

Whether you're moving to a new country or to a suburb 30 minutes away, you'll go through an adjustment period following your move. Particularly if you've moved to another country, you'll face the initial uncertainty of knowing absolutely nothing about where the "important" landmarks are: the nearest grocery store, the pharmacy, the gas station, the library, the shopping centre that carries your necessary household cleaning items, and of course, the all-important restaurants, coffee house, movie theater and mall.

Once you've located the basics, you'll want to expand your horizons and get to know your new hometown's cultural offerings. The fact is that the sooner you begin to explore your new hometown, the sooner you'll establish a comfort level in your surroundings, and the more positive your experience is going to be. Moving to a new home is like any other new experience in life: You get out of it what you put into it. Don't waste any time getting to know your new hometown. In fact, you can start becoming acclimated long before the move.

After you've arrived in your new hometown, you'll want to hit the streets with your map in hand, seeing with your own eyes the various landmarks depicted on your map. What appears logical on a map is often completely illogical when you attempt to navigate the area by car or on foot. There's nothing worse than discovering your first day on the job or on your kids' first day of school that some of those streets on the map you purchased are one-way streets, or perhaps they're closed off due to construction. Practice beforehand the routes you'll be taking on a daily basis.

If you're a church- or synagogue-goer and plan to continue the practice in your new hometown, get online, and research places of worship in your area. If you locate one you'd like to attend, contact the church/synagogue ahead of time to find out if it offers a newcomers' organization. Such groups can offer a tremendous source of support and information. Volunteerism - either through the church or independently - also is an excellent way to become acquainted with your new community

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