Moving van services from KL to Singapore

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Jacques
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Moving van services from KL to Singapore

Hi guys,

As some of you already know, we are going to move to Singapore by year's end Smile
So we are looking for advices on moving our stuff.

We'll be taking with us our clothes, suitcases, books and souvenirs collected over past 8 years.
No bulky items (furnitures, etc.) as they will be left behind.
All in all, it should fit nicely into the back of a van.

We can pack everything as we don't have anything fragile.

Does anybody know of any Van services we can hire to transport our items from KL to Singapore ?
I can take care of the customs forms if need be. The Singapore customs website is very helpful.

Thanks in advance Wink

Semar
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Joined: 13/5/10

Better use a professional movers.
If you pack 4 cubic meters or so, the quotation should be close to RM5K. Well worth it IMHO.

Kenneththomas
Joined: 4/1/13

I think you have to contact your local transporter which is help you a lot. Because local transporter know well about the price and arrangement of van...

Jacques
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Joined: 5/3/10

Thanks Kenneth. We ended up using a professional relocation company (Asian Tigers). All our stuff arrived with no problem. Happy with the services Smile

RCP
Joined: 26/8/10

Hey Jacques,
I am considering at some point in the next year or two relocating to Singapore. I'm weighing up costs..........while most of the cost of living I can find online for Singapore, I am really interested in hearing from someone first hand if they were able to maintain the same standard of living they had in Malaysia in Singapore, and what % increase in cost that was to you?

So for example if you lived in a 3 bedroom 2000sq/ft security condo in KL, did you move to the same in Singapore and did it cost you 30% increase in price to do so (taking into consideration exchange rates etc)?

Obviously the pick ticket items of cost I am looking at are rental and car hire (I have seen online it is probably better to rent a car rather then buy if you in fact need one and that you can get a small Japanese brand for SGD1000).

Thanks mate!

Jacques
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Joined: 5/3/10

Hi RCP,

We maintained the same standards as we had in KL.
The only notable exception is that we don't have a car.

Rent is about twice as much for a 1,200 sqf apartment. The difference in our rental costs is covered by the difference in taxes. We live in a pretty central area (Toa Payoh). If you don't mind living farther from the city-centre, the difference in rent will be lesser.

Hope this help Smile

RCP
Joined: 26/8/10

Thanks Jacques,
I had a quick browse on some property websites and found what you mentioned, prices out farther were okay, but as you mentioned, still about twice what you'd pay in KL. I knew Sing had good tax rates but didn't realise that the savings pretty much covered the difference. An interesting point.

I have heard it's quite hard to get around out Changi way without a car though.....but looking at the COE...I am always reminded how expensive it is. I saw an advert for car leasing which is meant to enable you to get a small Japanese make car for about SGD1000/month though.

Jacques
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Joined: 5/3/10
RCP wrote:
I knew Sing had good tax rates but didn't realise that the savings pretty much covered the difference. An interesting point.

It depends on your tax bracket of course.
You can estimate your SG taxes here : www.iras.gov.sg/irashome/page04.aspx?id=1190

RCP wrote:
I have heard it's quite hard to get around out Changi way without a car though.....but looking at the COE...I am always reminded how expensive it is. I saw an advert for car leasing which is meant to enable you to get a small Japanese make car for about SGD1000/month though.

Having a car car help you lower your rental cost as it enables you to live farther from the city / public transport system. We entertained the idea for a couple of days before deciding to live in a neighborhood where everything (grocer, kindergarden / school, green parks, ...) was within 10mn walk. For us it ended up being cheaper and more convenient.

laxmi (not verified)

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Jacques
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Joined: 5/3/10

Thanks Laxmi
Hope you'll share your experience with us soon Smile

ahava
Joined: 9/7/17

very handy! thanks for sharing!