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Moving to Sing from UK in Jan. Tips?

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Laurence
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Post by Laurence » Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:36 pm

I moved from UK to Hong Kong and to Singapore, I've done it twice.

My biggest tip is to not rush into getting an apartment. Find a room share orn gum tree or easy room mate for 3 months, even do 3 single months In different areas and look at apartments to move in permenatly over that period but don't commit to anything till after three months. Yes your first three months will be unsettling but then your next two years will be better for it. You should see my roof top! I wouldn't have that if I rushed into it.

This is so you get somewhere you like as your stuck there for a number of years, and. You can't choose somewhere when you don't know the city

Another advise is get a bigger place than you need and if you get short of cash rent a room out

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:53 pm

Laurence wrote:Another advise is get a bigger place than you need and if you get short of cash rent a room out
Doesn't sound like good advice to me. That means if you get short of cash you HOPE you get a decent tenant (that the LL will agree to) AND one who isn't a problem. Would seem to me, it would be a lot smarter to just rent a smaller place and save the rest and do without the potential stress.
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Post by Steve1960 » Fri, 20 Dec 2013 9:04 am

I would say think of getting a place a little bigger than you need just in case you decide to employ a live in maid in the future and maybe to allow for visitors i.e. family or friends. I did and it was a very good decision in my case.

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Post by acad » Fri, 20 Dec 2013 6:34 pm

Just wondering if it is worthwhile to cross the border to Malaysia and buy stuff there which may be cheaper?

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Post by JR8 » Fri, 20 Dec 2013 7:01 pm

acad wrote:Just wondering if it is worthwhile to cross the border to Malaysia and buy stuff there which may be cheaper?
Cross the border to Johore Bahru and it's a dirty dingy frontier town with little useful shopping. The stuff that might save a day-tripper money, booze and fags, is not eligible for duty free.

Spend a few days up in say KL, and the equation becomes more attractive, though of course you're unlikely to want to fly home with a 5Kg box of washing powder in your luggage.

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