When moving house in Singapore, the most stressful time is often the final couple of weeks before your move date.
This is the time to ensure that you have a strong game plan and have booked all your required moving services ahead of your move.
In this article, we will give you 5 tips to ensure you are well prepared and avoid any last minute surprises when moving house.
You can also access our interactive moving checklist to ensure you have everything covered. As a bonus, we’re offering you a $15 discount voucher off moving services from Haulmate’s partners.
🧽 Book your move out clean early
Having your current home professionally cleaned is often a requirement by most agents and helps ensure you get your deposit back when you move out.
While Singapore has a range of professional cleaners, you will want to ensure you go with a reliable brand and preferably one that provides a move out clean.
Yes, there is a difference from a standard clean. Typically these services include everything from cleaning out fridges and pantries to deep bathroom scrubbing.
In Singapore, companies such as Helpling offer a specialized move out clean and you can easily book one of their professionally trained cleaners online at a time that suits you.
Helpling typically sends a team of 2 – 4 cleaners to your property and would take between 3 – 4 hours depending on the size of the property. You can also request for the cleaners to touch up any spots that aren’t satisfactory before they leave to ensure your place is squeaky clean.
Prices for your move out cleaning will vary depending on the size of your place. A property less than 700 sq ft would cost around $270. Larger places around 1,000 – 1,3000 sq ft would typically cost $370.
For more information on this topic, check out our handy guide which covers everything you need to know about move out cleaners
❄️ Final aircon servicing
Another moving service you will need to book is your final aircon clean.
If you’re like most of us, this is something you’ll remember at the last minute. Make sure you book this ahead of time so that you meet your quarterly commitment in most Tenancy Agreement. If you are booking a move out clean, services such as Helpling also provide this service so you can streamline your efforts.
Before moving house, remember to gather up all your receipts to show your agent to demonstrate that you have done your regular maintenance of the aircon units
🏠 The final curtain call
In addition to your move out clean, you may be required to have your curtains dry cleaned before you move out.
Not planning this a week before your move out date may leave you scrambling (adding to the stress) to try and find a reliable and affordable curtain cleaning service.
While your agent may have a preferred supplier, it’s always good to do a quick price comparison online to ensure you’re getting good value (and quality). Prepare to pay around $18 per curtain panel, with most suppliers charging for total weight.
In most cases, it will take up to three days to have your curtains dry cleaned. If you are in a rush, some companies offer same day express delivery, but may cost around 50% more.
📐 Measure twice, move once
Get the floor plans or ask the agent if you can go and measure the walls of your new place. This will allow you to make clear decisions on which furniture you should move and those items that may not fit.
If you do this early enough, it will give you enough time to sell those items you can’t bring. Or if you can’t bring yourself to sell your loved possessions, make sure you read about when storage might right for you
📦 Order moving boxes to your door
If you need some extra moving boxes, there are lots of affordable options in Singapore to have these delivered straight to your door.
Fortunately, delivery is often free and you should receive your moving boxes within 3 – 5 days. Haulmate provides curated moving kits that are tailored to the size of your apartment and comes with everything including different sized boxes, packing material, tape and markers.
If you allow around 2 – 3 weeks before your move to book the suggested moving services, you will set yourself up well for a much more enjoyable move and save some money along the way.