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Should I bring my furniture?

Post by parul » Thu, 20 Sep 2007 5:58 pm

Hi,

I am moving to Singapore from Tokyo in Dec 2007 with 3 kids under five. My company is bearing all relocation expenses. Should I bring all my furniture with me? Is that a drawback when searching for a condo? I have conflicting opinions on how good the furniture in furnished apartments is. I am looking to spend upto 4000 SD on rent for a condo. What should I do? HELP!

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Re: Should I bring my furniture?

Post by audiojunky » Thu, 20 Sep 2007 6:58 pm

parul wrote:Hi,

I am moving to Singapore from Tokyo in Dec 2007 with 3 kids under five. My company is bearing all relocation expenses. Should I bring all my furniture with me? Is that a drawback when searching for a condo? I have conflicting opinions on how good the furniture in furnished apartments is. I am looking to spend upto 4000 SD on rent for a condo. What should I do? HELP!

Parul.
If your company is paying for the relocation, you may consider moving your furniture since the so called furnished apartments have the most appauling furniture you can imagine. Also, they might not be according to your taste.

Downside is that most apartments are sort of furnished (with pathetic furniture) and the landlords may not wish to remove them.

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Post by sprite » Thu, 20 Sep 2007 9:12 pm

You wouldn't believe the crap some landlords build in to the units here. I'm talking about pink formica and stuff that was out dated in the 80s. Really, really bad. Bring your furniture and try to find a place that works with your things. It may be a bit harder, but at least you won't end up in a flat that looks like Barbie's Dream house. I'm being completely serious here.

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Post by ladymocha » Fri, 21 Sep 2007 10:23 am

I think you would be able to find a place for 4000 to 4500 where you can put all your furnitures . Maybe you should consider coming here for house hunting first. Furnitures could also be a drawback, I'm talking from experience. We brought furnitures from Europe and it took some time to find a good home where all would fit.

How much and how bulky are your furnitures?

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Post by parul » Sun, 23 Sep 2007 8:03 pm

Thank you audiojunky, Sprite and Ladymocha for your replies. I have the usual stuff beds, baby crib, dining table, sofas...etc. Is the pre-furnished stuff really that bad? And what does it include anyway? Suppose I bring my stuff with me and end up moving in a pre-furnished condo, what are my options? How hard is it to dispose of used furniture (mine or the landlord's)?
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Post by ladymocha » Mon, 24 Sep 2007 2:42 pm

You could always talk about it with the landlord. I'm sure you could come up with an agreement. Tell them when you view the house, that you're gonna be bringing your own stuff and they would most likely be cooperative with you and take away their stuff. Do check if you need other items maybe they could provide it for you.

Like in our case, we didn't have a fridge with us and microwave because it was a built-in, in our previous house, you could request them to provide that. Our landlord even offered to leave their Plasma tv but I didn't accept because it might get broken and we would end up paying for it.

Goodluck and if you have more queries just let us know.

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Post by parul » Mon, 24 Sep 2007 3:52 pm

Understood Ladymocha. But what is the procedure for disposing off used furniture? I'd like to know this because I might want to renew some of my furniture once I have settled in (my boys have drawn on the sofas and jumped on my bed plenty!!) It is pretty expensive to throw used stuff in Tokyo. You have to contact the local govt office, take an appointment and actually pay to throw things. Is it the same in Singapore?

Thanks for your help!
Parul.

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Post by ladymocha » Mon, 24 Sep 2007 4:01 pm

ok let me check that out for you, i do plan to dispose some of my stuff in two years time as well.
What i do know is that on yahoogroup - sgfreecycle you could offer your stuff for free and if somebody is interested to have it, they would contact you to pick it up. also there's a truck that picks up recycable stuff every other week here.

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Post by audiojunky » Mon, 24 Sep 2007 4:04 pm

parul wrote:Understood Ladymocha. But what is the procedure for disposing off used furniture? I'd like to know this because I might want to renew some of my furniture once I have settled in (my boys have drawn on the sofas and jumped on my bed plenty!!) It is pretty expensive to throw used stuff in Tokyo. You have to contact the local govt office, take an appointment and actually pay to throw things. Is it the same in Singapore?

Thanks for your help!
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