Whether you’re arriving in Singapore for the first time, heading back home after a few years, or just shifting to another part of town, there are a few moving tips everyone should know. We sat down with Relocasia and Raffles Movers to answer your frequently asked relocation questions.
What to Expect
When planning a move, the good news is that most companies will provide a full door-to-door transfer service for all your household items. This includes packing, forwarding, custom clearance at the destination, delivery, unpacking and removing debris. Usually, the company provides both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned storage, as well as comprehensive insurance coverage for any shipment.
Depending on the destination, shipments of household goods take between 10 days to five weeks. Time doesn’t only depend on distance but on different customs procedures as well.
• Items to look for: acid-free tissue paper, bubble pack, corrugated paper, double or triple-ply grade-A
cardboard sheets for sculpting, and cartons of varying sizes.
• The grade of the cardboard is extremely important; lower grades will easily crush during transit.
• For some items, you may want to request specialist foam packing, poly chips or polystyrene boards.
• Silica gel, a natural absorbent, is used for clothes and other goods that are susceptible to damage from
• Some items (pianos, statues and fine art, for instance) require a wooden crate for additional protection.
According to Relocasia, “Damage is rare, but while we take every possible precaution to protect customers’ goods, some risks remain when transporting fragile goods by land and sea. We suggest buying a transit insurance policy. Insurance for full cover including mould, mildew, electrical malfunctions and so on ranges from 3.25 percent.”
The main problem associated with the transportation of electronic household goods is internal damage due to transportation – especially if long-haul transportation by road is involved. Climate changes can also be a particular issue for electronics. LCDs and plasma TVs seem to be the most sensitive to damage during transportation.
According to Raffles Movers, “You can take the following steps to protect your electronic items:
– Arrange with the mover for additional insurance coverage in case of internal malfunctioning.
– Instruct the mover to crate LCDs, high-value musical systems and so on.
– Back up electronic data before packing. Most insurance policies will not cover data losses.”
Other goods that require extra care include antique and carved furniture, glass cabinets, grandfather clocks, grand pianos and expensive carpets. All of these need special care in packing and handling. Some items cost more to pack and crate, depending what is required.