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SGHomeNeeds provides a directory of the best local house movers in Singapore. You can compare and view a list of home moving companies that can suit to your house moving needs.

When it comes to shifting heavy or fragile items in your home, hiring a mover can take away a lot of frustration and worries.

To ensure you get the best value for money, check out our home moving cost guide.

While you can do the moving yourself, for the less experienced ones we may end up with scratches or dents on our furniture or items simple because we don’t have the right technique to move them safely.

House movers are able to protect your home items when moving and minimize the chances of damage. In addition, they can save your hours as well as the huge amount of effort when it comes to home moving.

Questions to ask before hiring a mover:

Though every move is different, there are questions that everybody should ask a mover before hiring them.

Peace of mind, safety, affordability, less time consumption and hassle-free move are some of the reasons to hire a mover.

It could go horribly wrong if you recruit the wrong moving company.

In this article we will go through the 10 key questions you need to ask before hiring a professional mover. We have previously covered many frequently asked questions when hiring movers.

Be sure that the answers they give you are clear and concise, and don’t be afraid to ask for more details if you don’t understand something.

Company background

  • Is the moving company properly licensed? The first and the most important question that you need to ask your mover is whether they have a valid license or not. Hiring a mover without investigating about the license may get you into the trouble as many rogue movers in Singapore can make you a victim of moving scams.All professional interstate movers must have a registration number and license. You might have chosen the best house movers; however, it doesn’t mean that it must be operating legally. In some cases, even highly reputed companies do not hold a valid license due to some reason.

    For instance, if a company is newly established, the chances are it might be operating under some other name and hence its illegality hasn’t been disclosed yet. So it’s essential to investigate the proper license to stay out of any legal hassles while shifting to a new place.

  • What kind of liability coverage do the movers Singapore provide? This is one of the most important questions to ask while hiring movers Singapore. Ask whether the moving company is insured and liable for damage.Find more about the basic liability protection before signing the contract. Look for the movers who provide full value protection that makes the mover liable for the replacement value of any damaged or missing item.

    If you want, you can even ensure your valuables based on the cost instead of their weight. Ask the movers to explain all the provisions and differences in the available insurance plans.

  • Do the movers have enough experience in your specific type of move? The experience in the moving industry and flawless track record are evidence of a successful professional mover.So be sure to ask whether or not they have ample experience in the specific type of move. As there are different types of movers to handle various relocating needs, you must learn about different moving companies to choose the one that meets your requirements.
  • What are the moving costs and estimates and is there any additional charge? The price matters when it comes to employing a moving company for your relocation. Most of the movers provide their quote by the weights of the goods and your moving distance.You shouldn’t opt for a company whose quote is based on cubic feet. For long distance move, the estimate must be based on weight while for short distances, the hourly rate is often used. Moreover, make sure to have the estimate in writing from the moving company.

    Also, inquire if there are any hidden costs included in the estimation. Some movers can ask you to pay in mid of moving process, so asking this question before your decision will help you avoid surprises after the move is successful.

  • Are you a legitimate company and insured? Some movers may assign you under another company/personal name, causing discrepancies. If the answer is “no”, move on to the next company.
  • How does your company charge? In Singapore, some movers may charge by the hour, others charge by number of movers, number of trips, or even by weight or vehicles required. Clarify this and agree on a charging metric before engaging movers.
  • Is the professional a mover or a broker? A broker can’t give you a binding estimate. They can give you a ballpark figure, but movers will be the one to give you an actual price.
  • Are the staff full time workers or part timers? Most movers hire additional part timers during peak periods. However, if most if not the entire company is based on hired part timers, it could be something you want to take note of.In general part timers are less dependent than full timers and you may want to engage another moving company should the entire team consist of part timers. Whichever one is used, be sure that background checks have been done on the employees.
  • What are your payment terms? It is generally not advisable to engage movers who only accept cash or request for 100% money upfront as deposit. A reasonable deposit is about 25% of the total estimated moving costs, and payment of the remainder at the end of the moving project.
  • What are the items you will not move? Movers will likely not move or handle any hazardous items such as chemicals, aerosol cans, gasoline and volatile substances. Other things include personal documents, cash, coin collections, firearms and other weaponry, heirlooms, small antiques, and valuable electronics.

Site survey and quotation

  • How do you give quotation? Movers generally do a site survey, if not request for photos or a list of more noticeable items. Any mover who gives you an estimate over the phone without actually seeing your house, however, should be avoided.
  • Is it chargeable for having a site survey? It really depends on the movers – some do charge whilst other give a free quote. Generally those that give site survey give a better estimate than those by photos or through a phone call.
  • After finishing the site assessment, when will I receive my quotation? It generally takes 1-2 days for the mover to give you a quotation.
  • How long does your surveyor/relocation consultant finish assessing my house? It could take 15 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the requirements and the mover.
  • What are extra charges? – An estimate is generally for the move itself. It may not include insurance surcharges, fuel surcharges, awkward objects (pianos, etc.), flight charges, parking charges, etc.

General moving

  • How long will the move take? You must know when you are going to get your belongings to your new destination. So negotiate a definite date and time of the day to receive your belongings.It may not be possible to predict an exact hour, but you must know when to expect the arrival of your materials to be able to meet the moving truck.

    In case you delayed on the road for some reason, will the movers arrange additional storage for your belongings? If yes, ask how much the mover is going to charge for it.

  • Who is responsible for loss or damage? – If you’ve packed your things yourself, you may not get reimbursed for damage done to poorly-packaged items. It is best to clearly beforehand with your movers.
  • Will there be any hidden costs? What are the possible additional costs? Some movers may lure you with cheap prices and then marking up with all sorts of “additional costs”. Be sure to clarify what are the possible “extra charges” to ensure you are not getting ripped off at the end of the project by the movers.
  • What storage facility the movers Singapore have for storing your belongings? If you are up to a long distance move, ask the company if they provide storage service. Usually, the larger or reputed companies offer storage facilities to their customers to save their time and money.If you are moving, but your office or apartment is not ready yet, you can take the benefits of the storage facility of the moving company. It will be great if you can visit the storage unit once and check the facilities.

    Ask the movers if their storage unit is under constant monitoring and supervision and temperature controlled conditions. This is important because the inappropriate temperature can damage your furniture and other precious material.

  • What deposits do they collect and what is the cancellation policy of the movers? There may be situations that will force you to cancel the move or change the date. So, be prepared to face such scenarios beforehand and ask about the cancellation policy of the moving company. Find out if you have to pay any deposit and whether it is refundable or you need to cancel the move or change the date. The deposit should not exceed 20 % of the total moving price. The company should reimburse if they fail to perform your move or to make it happen on the agreed moving date.
  • Does the mover help in assembling/dismantling? Figure out whether the moving service of the company is limited to packing, loading, and transportation and unloading.If you don’t have time for unpacking the material and arranging them by yourself, you must consider the moving company that includes the disassembling and unpacking of items once it reaches its destination.

    Ask them about the material movement process they will follow and let them explain the dismantling or disassembling process for furniture and other items.

  • What happens to the packing materials after unpacking?

  • Does the professional mover provide handyman services?

 

What Should Your Moving Estimates Include

The average cost to engage a mover in Singapore can range anywhere between $300 to $1,500, depending on many factors. In general, a good guide is:

  • Average 3 room flat: $500, 3-5 hours
  • Average 4 room flat: $700, 4-6 hours
  • Average 5 room flat: $900, 5-7 hours

Note this is merely an estimate as the final moving quotation is dependent on many factors.

When giving estimates, the mover should be willing to breakdown clearly what their estimates include. Some of the factors included are:

  • Packing (carton boxes and wrappers) – To prevent damages to your items, walls and flooring, some professionals may include the cost for boxes, labor for packing and unpacking, and any specialty containers such as mattress boxes.
  • Transportation cost – This calculation can be based on many factors – type of truck used (10ft truck vs 14 ft trucks), destination, weight of shipment, and number of trips it takes. You need to clarify this clearly with your moving professional to prevent any misunderstanding in the future.
  • Temporary storage – if you are looking for temporary storage to store your items, these could add extra costs to your project.
  • Insurance surcharges – Due to increases in the insurance for trucks, a mover may offset some of this increased cost with a surcharge. It doesn’t protect your goods. It just helps defray the cost for the truck that’s moving your property.
  • Third Party Charges – This includes appliance servicing, crating of certain items, and disassembly and reassembly of certain exercise equipment and playground equipment. Movers typically don’t perform these services; they outsource the job and pass the cost along.
  • Assembling and disassembling – some movers may include these services in packages while others charge extra for these.

Comparing Quotations

A good advice for any large home projects (or frankly, any large ticket items) is for you to compare and get quotes from multiple moving companies.

Some movers may charge significantly less due to their pricing model (per trip charges instead of per hour charges, for example), so its important to contact a few movers for quotations.

When it comes to asking professionals, these tips can help you better communicate the project with them:

  1. Site assessments: Depending on the company, some will choose to do site surveys for a quotation. This estimate and walkthrough may take around 30 minutes. It is actually the most accurate way for moving professionals to do site survey as opposed to giving estimates via pictures or phone call.
  2. Make sure the same person is present for each estimate: By doing so, the chances for them to change estimates and quotations can be reduced.
  3. Be mindful of the details: Humans are often careless and may overlook some items. Go through your garage, attic, basement, and any place else on your property, even if you’re certain there’s nothing out of there that you want.
  4. Ask questions: There are a ton of questions to ask movers. An example is making sure they handle your items with care, such as fragile items, jewellery and irreplaceable, priceless items.
  5. Check prohibited items: If you have a hobby that involves chemicals, such as dark-room photography, the moving company may not be willing to transport your film-developing chemicals.

Preparing For Your Move

Most of us will be surprised at the number of things we have accumulated over the years, especially when we have lots of items and personal belongings to pack and move.

This is actually a great time for you to trim your possessions, decide which items are important for you and which can be left behind.

For many individuals, selling to a second hand buyer can be a great option, and platforms like Carousell do just that. Another option is to donate to local charity.

Packing and unpacking

Packing and unpacking can take up a very significant amounts of time and energy. You can easily find cartons and boxes on second hand sites, and even sell them after your moving project is done (if they are in good condition)

Packing

While some companies include packing within the job, others charge extra for providing the manpower to help you pack for moving. If you have the moving company do your packing for you, you can expect to add another 25% to 30% to the cost of your move. The charges vary depending on the size of the project.

One good tip is to properly label the boxes and indicate where the boxes are supposed to go, so that when you unpack you can save the trouble and effort in doing repeated work.

Unpacking

So you have completed the packing, moved to the ideal location, the next step is to unpack your items. If you’ve labeled everything, you know which room it’s supposed to go into and you know what’s in which box. This could save you significant amounts of time, but even then, unpacking can be as chaotic as any part of a move.

Similar to packing, some companies offer unpacking services while others charge extra for the service.

A simple checklist for choosing the right movers Singapore

These questions will help you make the right decision. Are you planning to call a representative of the moving company for an in-home estimate? Keep this checklist in handy to ensure you are not skipping any important points to ask the movers.

  • Coordinate with your movers to plan your move in advance
  • Check the reviews and ratings of moving professionals
  • Make a little research to find out do they have legal license
  • Jot down everything that you need to move then provide it to your movers so you can get an accurate estimate
  • Don’t forget to mention any stairs or difficult area that can make a move difficult
  • Ask for a written estimate spelling out all necessary details regarding the move
  • Figure out their method of payment before you accept the estimate
  • Find out more about the insurance to cover damages in case you don’t have insurance
  • Have a clear idea of surcharges and estimates of moving before you sign
  • Keep a photocopy of the estimate handy for your convenience
  • Give the precise information about your location where you will be relocating.

Compare and review the best local movers in Singapore

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