A fast information to shifting to a brand new home in Singapore

Transferring to a brand new home is a chore as a result of there are such a lot of issues to contemplate. From planning to shifting in, right here’s a fast information to creating the transfer simpler.

1. Getting ready to maneuver

Change your tackle

Change your tackle two weeks earlier than shifting.

Some establishments to replace your tackle embrace banks, telcos, insurance coverage firms and repair suppliers on your subscriptions. In any other case, any letters from them can be mailed to your former dwelling.

On high of that, you’ll have to replace your new tackle with the authorities inside 28 days of shifting in. Beforehand, this might be achieved on the nearest police station.

However from 1 October 2020 onwards, you’ll be able to solely change your tackle on-line through ICA’s e-Service.

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Supply: ICA

When you’ve registered your new tackle with ICA, they’ll ship you a PIN by mail. You’ll want this PIN to complete the applying. Afterwards, you’ll obtain a sticker along with your new tackle by mail, which you’ll have to stay in your IC.

Minimise the stuff to carry over

Begin decluttering your gadgets. This can assist scale back the quantity of issues to carry over, making packing and shifting a lot simpler.

As a substitute of throwing your undesirable gadgets away, you’ll be able to promote them on-line to earn some money. Bear in mind to place them up on the market at the least a month earlier than you progress, since it can take fairly some time for patrons to reply to your listings.

For gadgets you’ll be able to’t promote, take into account giving them away as an alternative — that is nonetheless higher than having to pay for the disposal prices.

A refrigerator full of food and drinks.
Bear in mind to clear and empty your fridge for simpler motion.

Interact movers

Until you’re shifting with solely a few baggage and furnishings (that may match a van), you’ll want to interact a mover that can assist you with the transfer. It’s extra handy than doing it your self (belief us).

Analysis on a couple of movers and discover out extra about their providers and charges. Some providers embrace

  • Dismantling and assembling of furnishings
  • Packing and unpacking
  • Disposing of cumbersome gadgets
  • Offering packing supplies resembling free packing containers

However, in case you desire to not have interaction any movers, take into account renting large autos resembling lorries and vans to scale back the variety of journeys. This can minimise the inconvenience of travelling backwards and forwards many occasions.

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Accumulate or buy packing containers

That is if the packing containers from the mover usually are not sufficient, or in case you want particular packing containers for sure gadgets, resembling your books or watch assortment.

In case you are a e book lover, put all of your books in beer packing containers. Since beer packing containers have handles, it will likely be simpler and extra handy so that you can carry them.

However in case you simply want a couple of extra cardboard packing containers, you’ll be able to attempt asking close by outlets if they’ve some to provide.

2. Packing

Categorise your gadgets in response to the rooms

Pack your gadgets room by room. This can make packing and unpacking simpler for you. As an example, categorise your gadgets for the bed room, resembling garments and toiletries, and pack them into their respective packing containers.

Think about separating your valuables from the opposite gadgets although, as chances are you’ll need to carry them your self in the course of the transfer.

Label your packing containers

There are numerous methods in which you’ll group your gadgets, however be sure to label the packing containers for simpler reference. Correct labelling minimises the chances of things going lacking or misplaced. You’ll additionally know what to examine for once you begin unpacking at your new dwelling.

For instance, you should utilize a thick everlasting marker to label these packing containers in response to their classes, resembling garments and toys, and their supposed rooms.

As well as, you’ll be able to colour-code your packing containers in response to their weight (such that the movers gained’t put a heavy field above a lighter field) and precedence for unpacking.

Labelled boxes.
Label all of your gadgets for simpler referencing and shifting.

Be strategic within the alternative of storage containers

Wrap your breakables in clothes to save lots of on bubble wrap (and space for storing). Label these as fragile too, in order that the movers will take particular care when transporting them.

Use your baskets, laundry bins and suitcases on your garments, as an alternative of shopping for a couple of new duffel luggage to hold them.

Put collectively the necessities

Pack an in a single day bag containing all of your necessities, resembling drugs, toiletries, towels and garments you’ll put on the subsequent day.

Belief us, you can be too drained to unpack every little thing after getting settled down in your new home. This additionally saves you the effort of going by means of all of the packing containers on your necessities.

person packing things in a bag
Have a bag on your necessities or gadgets that you simply want FIRST after shifting in.

3. Clear your new home

A couple of days earlier than the massive transfer day, carry cleansing provides such because the mops and vacuum cleaner to your new dwelling.

Give your new home a deep clear earlier than all of the furnishings arrive. Plus, it’s simpler to wash an empty home.

In case you want some assist with this, take into account participating a cleansing firm to do a radical cleansing of the home.

4. Unpacking

Prioritise what to unpack

After shifting in, prioritise the gadgets you need to unpack first. As an example, top off your fridge with meals gadgets that must be saved refrigerated (resembling some sauces and cheese).

Keep in mind that necessities bag? Unpack that as properly.

If you really feel extra refreshed (most likely the subsequent day after a superb evening’s sleep), you can begin unpacking the remainder of the packing containers. And just like the packing course of, we suggest unpacking room by room.

Do your post-moving checks

When you’re unpacking your issues, don’t overlook to examine for lacking gadgets.

The earlier you discover out you might have lacking gadgets, the upper the chance of getting them again. (Every week from now, chances are you’ll not be capable of return to your previous dwelling and search for them).

In any other case, in case you’ve opted for insurance coverage protection on your gadgets, you’ll have to submit claims for them quickly.

[Additional reporting by Virginia Tanggono]

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