Best International Moving Company in Singapore

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Moving is a very stressful and expensive experience, and if you don’t take precautions it can quickly turn into a nightmare. If you are moving internationally the task is challenging to manage but any extra work done before the move should be rewarded in peace of mind during and after the move. Something to consider early- cut the clutter before you move.

Throughout the year, the end of the month is a busy time for movers, because of the expiration of leases and preferred closing dates. Also school holidays– are “peak season” for movers.

Step 2: Short List Potential Moving People

Try to find moving companies that have been in international relocation business at least ten years.  Select three companies from www.astro-movers.com and speak with them over the phone. Ensure the company representative is polite and listens to your questions- ask how long they have been in business, what experience they have of international moving. Find out up front if the company will be doing the move themselves, or if they will be sub-contracting out the job. If they won’t be moving you, then move on. If you like the sound of them put them on the short list of three to visit and quote.

Step 3: Meet in Person

Set up appointments for them to come to your house and do an in-home estimate in the order of your least favorite to your most favorite company. The more you are exact in some details what must be moved and what level of care/protection, the more your calculations will be accurate. The home assessment is a good way in order to come to know about a mover company which you are thinking of hiring, because a quality estimator maybe represents a quality moving company. Ask about Bulky or specialty items: are you moving a piano, or pool table, wine collection? These items may need a lift-gate truck or disassembly before moving or special paperwork for export or import-is the mover properly equipped and do they have the contact to ensure receipt. Also confirm the size of the trucks and whether this can get close to your current home and also whether it can access your new home.  Is the elevator current and in the new place sufficient or will goods need to be carried up the stairs.

As each moving company gives you an estimate based on what they see in your home, leave the paperwork out where the next moving company can easily see it. Ask questions about the difference in pricing since it may have to do with what services one company provides that another doesn’t the amount of insurance included, or valuation of your belongings.

Step 4: Finalize the Contract

Never, ever sign blank paperwork, never accept the “it’s a standard contract” know what you’re signing. Read the document, understand it and don’t worry about making the moving company wait. Make sure the agreements reached in the initial quote are covered in the final contract.  Make sure that the quality of covering, means of transport, and whether items will be unpacked is noted.  Watch out for hidden costs, which may include packing fees, packing materials, insurance, preparation of appliances, fees for use of stairs, disassembly of beds and other furniture and storage fees- request that these costs are explicitly made and that no other extra costs will be levied.

Be very clear that all customs, port clearance and storage costs are included.  Also ask for a clear timetable and whether there will be a discount should they not meet the packing and delivery timetable. Agree a process to sign off that the delivery has been made in full, on time and to specification. Also have an agreed dispute process should problems occur. Before you sign the contract, if you haven’t contacted the receiving country to ask the same questions as you asked the sending company to ensure the timetables, costs and process is the same- if there are differences, don’t sign a contract and ask for clarification. Be clear about what happens with lost and broken goods. Ensure you will have a list of each box, contents and value in case of damage or loss/theft.

If you have valuable goods, consider paying extra for a realistic valuation of your shipment’s value. If a valuable item is broken or lost, you will be dismayed by what the moving company claims it was worth. Pay extra for good insurance coverage – be assured they will break or lose something – probably both. Take essential items like medicine, vital business equipment, extra clothing, and crucial papers with you separate from your shipment. Delays are commonplace. It could be a long time before you and your stuff are reunited, so plan ahead.

Step 5: Move

There are certain things you may not wish a mover to move- photographs, personal details – birth certificates etc- mementos that you only feel comfortable with you- arrange to pack these and take them with you. Be sure you have a clear understanding of what’s in each box, and have a clear list of numbers of boxes and content in each box, as well as where the box should end up in the new house. A bit of time here will mean things will be much easier at the receiving end.

Final Step: Rate Their Performance At www.Astro-Movers.com

The whole purpose of www.astro-movers.com is to enable people to find the best service providers they can.  This is based on the unbiased reviews of everyday users, so please revisit our site, and review your service provider and then rate their performance on quality, service and cost, and this will translate into an overall rating.  This will help others to make good choices in the future and also help the international removal specialist by ensuring they get more business.