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Cost of moving from India to Singapore

Post by aparnashekar » Tue, 17 Jul 2007 11:10 pm

Any idea what does it cost to ship all your stuff from India to Singapore.

Stuff includes Sofa set, bed, dining table, 4 chairs, 2 bean bags, book shelves, kitchen stuff, misc stuff, books... it should all fit in a container load..

Anyone done this before?

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Re: Cost of moving from India to Singapore

Post by audiojunky » Wed, 18 Jul 2007 9:52 am

aparnashekar wrote:Any idea what does it cost to ship all your stuff from India to Singapore.

Stuff includes Sofa set, bed, dining table, 4 chairs, 2 bean bags, book shelves, kitchen stuff, misc stuff, books... it should all fit in a container load..

Anyone done this before?
It might be cheaper to junk your stuff and buy new items from Singapore. The cost of moving your items will probably be higher than throwing out your old stuff and buying it new here ... unless of course your company is paying for the move and / or your furniture is super cool and super expensive.

We made this mistake of shipping our stuff and realized that we probably should have just thrown out everything and bought new stuff here. Of course, we moved from the US, so India might be cheaper.

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Post by ching » Wed, 18 Jul 2007 8:59 pm

audiojunky makes a good point - it may be cheaper to buy furniture in singapore. in fact, a lot of apartments are rented fully furnished and you may find you don't need to buy much (or that you may be better off without furniture).

we shipped a few pieces when we arrived, company paid for the shipping. when we moved apartments this year our choices were restricted by whether the landlord was willing to remove what was already in the apartment (and whether our furniture would physically fit in the particular room configurations in the various flats)...

Apartments in Singapore can be pretty small, so think carefully before bringing over large pieces like a sofa set or dining table.

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Re: Cost of moving from India to Singapore

Post by Strong Eagle » Thu, 19 Jul 2007 9:47 am

aparnashekar wrote:Any idea what does it cost to ship all your stuff from India to Singapore.

Stuff includes Sofa set, bed, dining table, 4 chairs, 2 bean bags, book shelves, kitchen stuff, misc stuff, books... it should all fit in a container load..

Anyone done this before?
I can give you an example to show you the costs. A friend shipped a 40 ft and a 20 ft container. To pack in KL, ship, clear customs, and unpack in Singapore cost USD 13,000. So this is roughly USD $4500 for a 20 ft.

If you have less than a container, the costs will be significantly higher for a partial load.

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Post by kiwileon » Thu, 19 Jul 2007 5:44 pm

Another actual example:

We shipped our belongings from NZ last year. EXcluding the packing, the actual shipping costs were about S$4800 + insurance. This was for a 20 foot container and unpacking services.

WRT ditching your items and buying new here - beware that you get what you pay for in Singapore (and sometimes not even that) so if you have nice things, they will cost you nicely in Singapore. There is a good range of items to meet every budget and choices of suppliers.

There are plenty of cheap places - even down to second hand (which Singaporeans don't seem to like) such as The Salvation Army where a bargain can always be found, and you're helping a good cause. (No, I don't work for them :) ).

Moving companies should give you free quotes to send your stuff.

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Post by aparnashekar » Thu, 19 Jul 2007 9:56 pm

THanks for the valuable inputs..

I think shipping is too expensive.. buying stuff there may be better..

Cheers
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Post by rahulv » Mon, 23 Jul 2007 11:57 am

plus you actually dont need to buy most of the stuff here. most condo's HDB here are furnished. we had tough time finding a semi-furnished apartment.
in the end we took a furnished apartment and disposed off our bed, dining table, refridge., etc etc

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Post by audiojunky » Mon, 23 Jul 2007 2:42 pm

rahulv wrote:plus you actually dont need to buy most of the stuff here. most condo's HDB here are furnished. we had tough time finding a semi-furnished apartment.
in the end we took a furnished apartment and disposed off our bed, dining table, refridge., etc etc
Except that most condos/ HDB's come with the most appaling furniture you can think of!!

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Post by ching » Mon, 23 Jul 2007 10:00 pm

Yeah, the furniture in most places isn't that fantastic - unless you were lucky enough to get a landlord with great taste :)

The problem is, even if the furniture looks blah or downright bad, it's already in the apartment and the landlord may not have the storage space to remove it for you.

We had the same problem with a couple of condos we looked at - we had some of our own stuff and the landlord wouldn't remove what was already there, so we had to look for a place where the landlord was more flexible.
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