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

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.

Professional 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 professional mover:

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

  • 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.
  • Are you a mover or a broker? A broker can’t give you a binding estimate. They can give you a ballpark figure, but the mover 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.
  • 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

  • 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 mover.
  • 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.
  • Does the mover provide storage services?
  • Does the professional mover provide handyman services?
  • Does the professional mover help in assembling/dismantling?
  • What happens to the packing materials after unpacking?

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.

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