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Moving out of Sing (destination undecided) furniture storage

Post by simpleliving » Sun, 12 Jan 2014 1:29 pm

My husband took a job in Singapore as a local hire, and his contract is due to expire soon.
Relocation fees are out of pocket, so if moving out of Singapore, we will be paying for our own moving fees.

We haven't decided on the next destination yet, but will probably decide on the US, Canada or Japan, depending on the kids schools.

Does anyone have any experience or advice on
1) if moving companies will store furniture for us for 1~2 months while we travel and decide on the destination
2) how much it costs to move furnitures for a family of four to Canada (we have very little furniture - just beds, dining table, a 3-seater sofa, and a couple of book shelves we'd like to take)? Any approximate would be appreciated, I'm just curious to know whether it will run in the SGD$3000-4000 or more like SGD$10,000~.

We would like to avoid paying 2~3 months of rent while we travel (and wouldn't need to return, just to get our furniture).

thank you for your help in advance!

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Post by Wd40 » Sun, 12 Jan 2014 1:48 pm

Its not worth the hassle. Sell off the furniture and buy new in your next destination.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 12 Jan 2014 3:39 pm

Unless your furniture are Asian Antiques (real ones, not knockoff's) or carved teak, with western bed sizes or are family heirlooms, I would have to agree with Wd40.
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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Post by zzm9980 » Sun, 12 Jan 2014 4:15 pm

Another agreement with the above.

That said, I just got this link from another thread (thanks RobSG!) and it looks like this company will do what you want, store and/or ship. They even do nice online quotes:

http://www.sevenseasworldwide.com/home

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Leaving Singapore shipping questions

Post by simpleliving » Sun, 12 Jan 2014 7:59 pm

Thank you for your quick and helpful replies.
We are thinking of selling our furnitures as much as possible, but searching the classifieds section and craigslist made me think that used furnitures will only sell for a pittance (under $100), and thus we wondered if it might actually make sense to ship it back if we were to buy the same items again (costing us $1000 or so to replace).

Since the few furnitures we have tend to be more meaningful to us (passed on from grandmother, wedding gifts, etc), so even if they are not worth that much, we would prefer to keep it IF it does not cost an arm and a leg to ship.

Thank you for the website - it didn't list Singapore as primary shipping origin country, but I am emailing them now.

If others can help with approximate fees or suggestions, we would be very grateful.

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Re: Leaving Singapore shipping questions

Post by zzm9980 » Sun, 12 Jan 2014 8:16 pm

simpleliving wrote: Thank you for the website - it didn't list Singapore as primary shipping origin country, but I am emailing them now.
Sorry, didn't realize they didn't do furniture beyond flat screen TVs until you mentioned that. Looks like it is just TVs, bicycles, and shipping boxes from here.

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Post by Sergei82 » Sun, 12 Jan 2014 8:26 pm

Shipping is usually much more expensive than buying new furniture. Use it only for those few items that you want to keep as memory.

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Re: Moving out of Sing (destination undecided) furniture sto

Post by stiwi » Wed, 15 Jan 2014 2:04 am

simpleliving wrote: [...]
Does anyone have any experience or advice on
1) if moving companies will store furniture for us for 1~2 months while we travel and decide on the destination
2) how much it costs to move furnitures for a family of four to Canada (we have very little furniture - just beds, dining table, a 3-seater sofa, and a couple of book shelves we'd like to take)? Any approximate would be appreciated, I'm just curious to know whether it will run in the SGD$3000-4000 or more like SGD$10,000~.
[...]
Based on what you wrote and my experience, it will be around S$4000-5000 including insurance. Storage fees are not that expensive and in your case it may cost S$200-300 / month until you decide where you want to move.

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Post by PNGMK » Wed, 15 Jan 2014 1:16 pm

Sergei82 wrote:Shipping is usually much more expensive than buying new furniture. Use it only for those few items that you want to keep as memory.
agreed - in fact shipping costs recently have gone crazy... you could be looking at $20,000 for a 20' container easy it seems.

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