Team Expat applauds you on making the brave leap to relocate abroad in search of better prospects, and as we’ve mentioned in this article, moving to Singapore may be one of the best decisions you’ve made! Key to ensuring a smooth international move is hiring a good relocation company who will advise you on the nitty-gritty details and help increase efficiency by the truckload.
But with so many options available out there, how do you know which is the best relocation company? Beyond reaching out to the right relocation experts to advise you in this area, here are some pointers to help you get started on your search for a good relocation company:
Value for money
It goes without saying that the relocation company should offer you packages that are value for your money. Contrary to popular belief, relocation companies do include assistance beyond just moving your possessions from point A to point B—they may also provide counselling, management-level support, leasing and insurance.
When choosing a relocation company, pick one that is able to respond to your enquiries and process applications quickly and efficiently. Similar to online shopping, different companies require a different length of time to get things done, so make sure you check with them how long would it take them to move your belongings.
Good relocation companies do what you pay them to do, but great relocation companies go above and beyond their asking price. It goes without saying that what constitutes excellent customer service is subjective, so it’s best that you consult with a few different relocation companies that you’re keen on and find out for yourself. Generally, a good place to start is by asking them subjective questions such as what would they recommend and if you’re worried about something in regards to the relocation, how would they solve it. This way, you can gauge how knowledgeable they are about their services and some may even offer you additional help—that’s what we call going above and beyond.
When all else fails, read the reviews and testimonials. There’s nothing better than hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth—that is, from the customers who have employed their services. Do some research into the relocation company that you’re interested in to see if that particular company has won awards, been endorsed in print/digital media, or if others have experienced issues with it, read their stories to find out what were the problems. Eventually, you’ll have your own laundry list of possible issues to watch out for when hiring a relocation company that you may not have considered! Ultimately, you’ll want people who can be trusted to handle your precious belongings.
Now that you’re well informed about what to look for in a relocation service company, it’s time to get moving! Team Expat has put together the top 5 relocation companies, in no particular order, that you may want consider, among which includes our resident experts!
Our resident relocation expert, Scott Piusz, heads up Links Moving Asia, a relocation company that was founded in 1997 with the goal of helping expats move cheaply, smoothly, and easily. They offer the full range of moving and relocation services including household moving, storage, pet relocation, wine storage, baggage shipments, self storage, logistics, freight forwarding, immigration advice, vehicle shipping, furniture leasing and insurance.
Why you should consider them: Head to their website and you’ll see that they do offer a whole range of services, including pet relocation, airport pick-ups and drop-offs, and wine cellaring and storage! You can also use their website to calculate your move size or get an instant quote.
Another resident relocation expert, Shyla Mathews is the co-founder and chief operating officer of SIR Move Services since 2006. The core belief of the company is that no two moves are the same, which is why they believe that customers will be wholly satisfied when they use SIR, due to the personalised and exceptional quality at every level and in every move.
Why you should consider them: SIR goes beyond just offering the standard relocation services with MOVEButler and MOVEDETOX. With MoveButler, you will get your very own personal move organiser who can assist you with sorting before your move and then helping with the organising after the move; while MOVEDETOX is great for families who need immediate reliable assistance with their children or other dependents as SIR will provide someone to entertain your children so that you can rest, or for you to talk about your concerns and answer your questions over coffee.
Our third resident relocation expert is Bill Cain, who started his moving career in the Philippines in 1982. His knowledge and expertise has helped Santa Fe become a leading global mobility services company with operations in 6 continents offering global, regional or local single source solutions to various customers.
Why you should consider them: Santa Fe Relocation Services offer an extensive variety of services, divided into residential and commercial categories. These categories are further expanded into Home Search & School Search, visa and work permit applications, employee relocation, and office relocation. It may sound intimidating, but the website is extremely user-friendly and you can easily get most of your questions answered online without having to arrange to meet with/be assigned to an expert first.
As a relocation company who have been assisting expats with moving for almost 400 years and winning the Expatriate Management & Mobility Awards (emma) for 3 years running (2013, 2014, 2015), you know that you’re getting the best with Allied Pickfords. The company offers a range of specialist removalist services designed to accommodate relocations to both residential and commercial customers, and removals within Singapore and internationally.
Why you should consider them: Aside from their credentials, Allied Pickfords projects a sense of professionalism and know-to, as evidenced by their website. You can download a moving checklist, have your questions answered by an expert, track your move, and read helpful articles and links. As veteran movers, the company will deliver on their promise to create a seamless moving experience with the latest technology for you.
A well-known mobility company with 30 offices in 14 countries and territories, there’s no doubt that Asian Tigers is a roaring success when it comes to international relocation solutions. Their vision is to be the most admired international moving and relocation company, and their mission is to devote their full energy and attention to helping families relocate—it’s obvious that they place their customers above all.
Why you should consider them: You’d be hard-pressed to find a service that Asian Tigers can’t provide. The company’s range of relocation services is truly end-to-end, covering your pre-move worries such as visa and immigration to post-move woes such as maid services, car shipping and storage. They even provide cross-cultural training and language classes, as well as storage facilities!
A relocation company that has come a long way from being one of the smaller relocation companies in the region with only 20 employees to being the market leader for Global Relocations in the Indian Subcontinent, with presence in the Middle East and Asia. Writer Relocations have also established itself as the market leader for Information Management in India.
Why you should consider them: If you’re an organisation who’s looking for a relocation company to handle all your employees’ relocation or your commercial headquarters, Writer Relocations is the way to go. The organisation offers relocations, information management, cash management, and realty—they pride themselves on their ownership of premium properties such as the picturesque Shillim Estate, which overlooks the Shillim Valley and Lake Pawana.
Need a relocation checklist to help you out with your move? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with these 10 essentials!
Did this article help you to solve your relocating woes? If you know of any other great Relocation Service providers, do share. Or if you need help in this area, do consult our Relocation Experts here.
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