We’re moving from our current townhouse to a smaller condo. It may be smaller in size but we’re movin’ up for sure! It’s fully renovated and gorgeous and comes with ZERO stairs! We currently have 6 levels in our tall, skinny house and I’ve had my fill of them.
We’re moving for a few reasons. There are only three of us living in Singapore now so we don’t need 3400 square feet and 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Our LL tried to raise the rent on us by 35% and also just did an overall lousy job of taking care of the place. Getting anything repaired was a constant source of frustration.
I’ll post about our new place once we’re in and it looks all pretty but I wanted to list a few things we’ve had to take care of in hopes that it might help someone else going through a local move in Singapore.
*Choose a moving service if you plan to use one. We are SO fortunate that our company is moving us since it was classified as a forced move due to the rent increase and his decision later to sell the place. We also arranged for them to bring boxes and packing supplies ahead of time so we could pack up some things that we didn’t want them to mess with.
*Start getting rid of items you don’t need, or as in our case can’t fit, in the new place as soon as you can.
*Switched over electricity, cable, internet
*Put the gas and water for the new place in our name. (our agent took care of that for us)
*Change address with bank, cell phone, MOM (actually our company took care of this for us)
*Coordinate aircon servicing (usually mandatory) and pest control services (we just do this because I’m a bug freak) for the new place.
*Gather all documentations you’ll need for handover of the current location. Your agent should be able to help you with this and should be present at the handover. This is critical. My friend, Leone, has written a very helpful post about her “learning” experience. engaging your own professional property agent.
*Arrange for cleaning service or schedule in time to clean your current place before the handover. You might also want to hire a handyman to come in and patch up holes and minor fix ups.
*Buy a few of those big Ikea blue bags. If you’re lucky like us, you’ll have the place for a little while before your move out and they are AWESOME for moving little things over on your own and for hauling laundry since we’re having to do that at the new place.
*Be prepared to write your FIN numbers (what we call our green card) and passport numbers a million times!
This is not an exhaustive list by any stretch but maybe it’ll get the juices flowing. If anyone in Singapore has experience with moving locally, feel free to comment with any helpful tips you might have. Luckily, most things on the list can be taken care of with a phone call. How that phone call goes, though, is anyone’s guess. Sometimes it’s frustrating and sometimes it’s just funny! Here is how Tommy’s phone call with our cell phone provide went when he called to cancel our son’s cell number after moving back to the US. He said they tried like crazy to get me to keep it. It got funny. (my husband’s words are in bold)