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Furnished Rentals

Post by tobester » Sun, 13 Nov 2005 8:54 pm

Hi all

I have a couple of questions please

1. What are the standards of furnishings found in furnished accomodation? i.e are they of good order, to what extent are they furnished etc......

2. When renting a property what normal or sneek charges can be expected?

3. In general how have other expats found the international removal services any suggestions as to good ones?

4. any advice with Hindsight? on international moving from France to singapore?

many thanks


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Post by uncle_james » Sun, 13 Nov 2005 10:20 pm

1. furnished should at least including couch, cupboard, dining table, bed, fridge, washer

2. utilities fees like: maintainence fee, power, water and gas fee
normally you have to pay property agent for this recommendation fee,which is equivalent to one month rental

4. the good of singapore:
public transportation system
food is good,
nothing much to expend on clothes, as here is tropical weather (hot, hot, hot)
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Post by k1w1 » Mon, 14 Nov 2005 7:30 pm

There is a stamp duty (not much though $100 or so), and as Uncle James said there is an agents fee. If your rent is below $2500 a month, you have to pay them a month, I think. Then a month's rent up front and another month as a deposit.

Aside from the agents fees, we found all the setting up costs for things really pricey too. The power company now demands a bond of $500, the phone company has a bond of $150 or so and the internet company (different companies for us) had a charge as well. Then there are the deposits for schools etc...

Edited to add:

furnished means usually, beds, washer, fridge TV, couch, dining table and other miscellaneous stuff (bedside tables and coffee tables etc).

I think it is really worth it, if you can afford to, to get a non-furnished or partially furninshed (whiteware only) place and buy your own things. It works out cheaper anyway, as the rent is lower. The furniture in some places can be the most ghastly crap you ever saw. [What is up with getting as many different materials as possible and trying to make something? As an example, the coffee table in our apartment had a glass top, chrome feet, wooden shelving and brass things on the corners. God, it was awful. That's right past tense :twisted: ]

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