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Top 5 Tips When Moving Overseas from Singapore

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Moving overseas can be both a stressful and exciting experience, so a lot of forward planning can help make the household chores and the bureaucracy of an international move a little easier. Forgetting the little things is easy to do, so the team of experienced international movers at Allied Pickfords are here to help, with a list of 5 things you need to remember when moving from Singapore to another country.

1. Write a list of who you need to inform of your intended international move

Of course, it is only natural you will tell your friends and family you are moving abroad. Remember, however, there are many other people to tell as well. Once you have a moving date, you will have to inform your utility companies, your bank and insurance brokers, as well as your local gym or any social clubs you’re a member of and your children’s school, if you have kids. This will allow you to make final payments and close your accounts early enough to reduce the risk of overpayments.

Talk to your financial institutions and close any accounts or inform them you will be using your cards and their services in another country. This may reduce any potential problems if your bank presumes fraudulent activity on your cards when you use them in your new country of residence.

2. Sell or store items you are not taking with you

If you’ve been living in one location for a while, or even if you’ve been moving around the world, you’re likely to have amassed plenty of possessions over the years. Are they worth taking with you to your new host country? If they have sentimental value or are simply items you cannot let go of but do not want to take them with you, you will need to find storage. Family may agree to take some of it off your hands, but if not, Allied Pickfords offers storage options. If you have no need for it and do not want to keep it, you’ll want to sell it or donate it, which can take time, so it is better to start as early as possible.

3. Arrange your new home and its services

If you are moving overseas for a new job, your company may help you find a new home and set up your utilities. If not, you will need to find out whether you will have electricity, water and Internet access in your new home as soon as you arrive. Call your new utility companies and potential Internet service provider and check to see how the system works when you arrive at your destination.

4. Prepare your first day kit

Once you’ve arrived, you will likely have to visit the shops on the first or second day of your new life, for groceries and possibly international travel adaptors for your appliances. However, other essentials, such as phone chargers, towels, a few plates and cutlery, fresh clothes and your toothbrushes should be packed together and labelled to ensure you can find them easily in your new home.

5. Book Allied Pickfords’ removals services early to avoid missing out

Allied Pickfords is a busy international and local moving company and while our teams try to help everyone, our availability can fill up easily, particularly around certain times of the year. When you know you will be moving, contact us to come and quote the moving estimate at the earliest opportunity in order to save you time when it comes to booking a date. Once the quote is in, you can call us at any time and we will be able to book your moving date.

Whether you are moving overseas from Singapore or just down the road, please feel free to contact us. You can either call us on +65 6862 4700 or visit our website and use the contact form.