Whether you are relocating due to work commitments or because of you need a change of scene, moving to Singapore can be a stressful task. However, there are some ways that you can definitely make it easier.
Singapore is not the type of city that you can arrive to without a job. Many Asian countries are relatively manageable without any employment, but Singapore is not one of them. High living costs, not to mention the price of rent and hotels, means that without a job, you will run out of money. And fast. Whilst Singapore’s economy is strong and new positions open up all the time, the competition is also high. So high in fact that job postings seem to disappear the minute that they go live. Be careful when you arrive in Singapore that you have some work lined up, in order to obtain your work visa. If not, your tourist visa will soon come to an end and you might find yourself on the next flight back home.
Have an idea
Before you leave, it is a good idea to have your short-term accommodation organised. If you are still unsure about where you want to live in the long-term, it is advisable to do some research beforehand. Make a shortlist of neighbourhoods that you would like to live in, according to your budget. This means that you are well-prepared to do some pavement pounding when you arrive. Keep an eye on ads, as you may find that prices change by the week. PropertyGuru has plenty of active boards where you can keep an eye on apartments and housing options by neighbourhood.
Research your options
There are plenty of removal services that offer door to door delivery and they don’t have to be expensive. Send My Bag really began the low cost shipping movement and nowadays moving your belongings needn’t be a hassle. Of course, hiring a door to door mover will be more expensive but it will also offer you a stress-free moving process. You won’t have to travel anywhere to pick up your things and you can rest assured that they are in the right hands. Your insurance and taxes are usually included, which also means you have peace of mind at the end of the day.
Bring your home comforts, but not all of them
It goes without saying that cold weather clothing is not needed in Singapore. The tropical climate means that the only differentiation in weather is that of the rainy season and the dry season. So pack some waterproof clothing, but the rest can be forgotten at home. The cooler you are, the more comfortable you will be. Linens usually travel well and are extremely cool. You may want to leave the man-made fabrics at home and forget about wearing heavy footwear. Having said that, you may find that the space left over in your suitcase from leaving behind warmer clothing will soon be filled up with home comforts. Prices vary greatly and you may find that some of your products from home carry a much heftier price tag in Singapore. It is worth checking online before you arrive to see what you might need to bring.