2 Months Before The Move
1. Obtain original copies of important documents for you and your family.
1.1 Passport – make sure it is up to date
1.2 Driving License
1.3 Birth Certificate
1.4 Marriage Certificate
1.5 Medical Report
1.6 School Record
1.7 Professional License
1.8 Insurance Policies
1.9 Health Certificate for pets
2. Visit a Travel Health Clinic for Vaccine
Check with your local clinic to make you are fit to travel. Get more information of which shots you’ll need before travelling. Remember to keep records of the shots you received and bring them along.
3. Check on Vaccines and Quarantines for pet
You pets may require health documentation, without it may cause your pets to be quarantined. Check the entry requirement then consult your vet.
4. Inform your children’s school and arrange for transfer of student records .
5. Apply for visa and working permit if you already found a job, start investigating jobs opportunities if you are not.
6. Look for reliable mover to handle your moving needs.
7. List your moving expenses, as some may be tax deductible or claimable from your company.
1 Month Before The Move
1. Notified the change of address for any accounts you wish to maintain (credit card, subscriptions of magazine, newspaper, etc)
2. Cancel or modify insurance policies on personal, property, vehicles and medical services, and check if you can get any money back for the period after cancellation.
3. Check that your appliances will work in the new destination. Singapore’s voltage is 220 – 240 volts AC, 50 cycles per second. If the voltage and cycles are the same as Singapore’s you can purchase adapters. If not you may want to sell it off.
4. Sell things that you can’t take with you. Search for online or offline platform to sell your second hand item or donate them to charity.
5. Check with your current bank about accessing your fund while overseas. Some banks have branches which makes it easier to transfer funds or you can transfer all your funds to a foreign bank.
6. Buy things or medication that aren’t available in the country you are moving to. If you are bringing medication, make sure you check the law of destination country to see if there are any restrictions. Like Japan, they don’t allow for importation of certain medication classifications under any circumstances.
7. Confirm the pick-up and delivery dates for the move. Make sure you buy insurance for the moving and fully understand the terms and conditions.
8. Prepare a storage and warehouse provider to stand-by if the shipment delay happens.
9. Arrange for hotels, rental cars or temporary housing required during the move if needed.
10. Terminate your Club membership , Gym membership or Classes you are attending.
1 Week Before The Move
1. Engaged mover for packing or start packing yourself.
- Start with the items that are least used and, if possible, pack the items in one room at a time.
- Make sure you use strong boxes for packing. Always fill the box to the top and close the lid. By doing so, you can stack the boxes on top of each other.
- Before you start packing your items in the box, ensure that the bottoms of the boxes are well taped to hold the contents.
- Masking tape is not recommended as the packing tape because it is easy to tear it off. The best type of tape to use is plastic of a width of approximately 1.5 to 2 inches.
- Never pack the boxes too heavy such that they cannot be lifted safely. Keep each box below 20kg. Try to balance the weight by packing heavy items with some light bulky items such as linen, towels, cushions or soft toys.
- For boxes that contain both heavy and light items, always place the heavier items at the bottom, graduating to the lightest items on top.
- Use bubble wrap to pack fragile items. Alternatively, you can use newspapers for packing breakable items. However, do take note that the ink on the newspaper may be smudged onto the packed items.
- Label all the items in each box clearly. This will come in handy when you unpack the boxes in your new house.
- Boxes containing fragile or valuable items should also be clearly marked.
- Pack a bag of daily items that you may need to use 1 or 2 days before and after the move.
- Do not pack any flammable goods, explosives, and perishable foods with the other items in the boxes. Pack them separately, label the boxes clearly and inform your mover.
- Consume/dispose all groceries in the fridges, if possible, so that you do not need to worry about bringing these groceries to your new house.
- Empty, defrost and dry out your fridge/freezer one day before the moving.
- Switch on the fridge/freezer only a few hours after moving to your new house to let the coolants settled down.
2. Call and double confirm with mover the date to move. Double check the list of item/boxes and summit the information to your mover.
3. Mover will finish the wrapping of furniture and load your personal effect into your shipping container.
4. Clean up your home and get ready for your flight.
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