Moving out of Singapore during COVID 19

Moving out from Singapore during COVID 19? Here are the things you need to know

The Covid 19 pandemic has for sure affected greatly what our ‘normal life’ used to be. Now that everything is quite unpredictable due to the confusion the pandemic has brought, the only way through this, is learning how to deal and cope with the changing times. We agree that the pandemic is disorienting, but crucial aspects of our day to day lives such as travelling cannot stop. This means that you can still move out of Singapore when your job secondment is over or when a job posting to another country comes in. But what exactly does it take to move out of Singapore at these confusing times? Here are the top things that we strongly believe you should consider if you want to have an effortless relocation from Singapore.

Understand your expenses and plan your budget

Many people don’t understand that moving costs can sometimes be significant and hence need sound budgeting. Although moving costs vary from situation to situation, you need to consider factors such as the amount of stuff you have and the distance you are moving. If you want a more accurate estimate of what the moving process will cost you, reach out to us and we will do a home survey, put all these factors into consideration and come up with an accurate and fair quote for the entire process.

Settle all the formalities and administrative arrangements needed

To leave Singapore, your employer must first seek a tax clearance from the Inland Revenue Authority Of Singapore. Since this must be done at least one month before you leave the job, you must plan with your employer to do it as early as possible before the time limit beats you. Also, you must agree with your employer on how to pay any remaining amount to the authority. Other than this, you should ensure that your passport is valid (at least for a period of six months) before you leave Singapore. You should renew your passport if it is about to expire. Also, remember to start your visa application process early enough as this process can take a couple of months. If you have an Employment Pass (EP) you can always check the days you are allowed to extend beyond the last date. If you plan to extend the stay for more than 30 days, you should consider applying for your Short Term Visit Pass (STVP) extension.

Inform your accommodating firm on your stay termination

If you were paying for accommodation while in Singapore you need to inform your landlord about your relocation decision at least two months before you vacate. This is also the best time to engage your International Mover. Inform your moving company of the date that you need to handover the property back to the landlord, and always allow for a day to engage cleaners to clean the apartment before handing over. Your Selected moving company should be able to work the schedule to ensure the move dates allow for a smooth handover process.

Make moving preparation for your family and pets

If you have children, you need to inform the school management they attended in Singapore about your relocation intentions. It would be best if you also did your research to find the best school that your dear children will join once you successfully move to your destination country.

If you are a pet owner, you need to acquire the right certifications and the necessary medical records for your pet(s) to be allowed into the destination country.

Lastly, don’t forget to ask for financial records from your bank and medical records from your hospital.

Plan on how you will pack your stuff

To ensure that you don’t leave any item behind you need to begin packing early. This will also give you space and time to decide on the items that will sell before you move out. You can request for new boxes from your moving company. Any reputable moving company will supply you with a free delivery of packing materials for you to sort out your items and do some personal packing if you need to. Do not source for used boxes as you can’t be sure of where they’ve been or what they’ve been used for. Remember to also delegate hand-carry bags for your crucial documents and items.

Hire a professional mover

As mentioned above, your life should not become chaotic just because you are relocating. You should hire a professional mover and alleviate the stress that comes with setting all the above tasks. You will have peace of mind and will be able to concentrate on the more important aspects of your move. If you have planned for all the above factors and are ready to move out of Singapore, you now need to polish up a few things before your relocation day. You should close all your existing bank accounts if you do not intend to use them in the future, arrange with you landlord for repairs for any damages you may have caused and terminate all your utilities be it phone or internet plans.

As long as you are well prepared, you should not be stressed out just because you are moving. Working with us will also mean that you will not need to be worried about the reliability of the International Movers you are using. We at CM Relocation assure you that if you engage us, you will have the smoothest relocation process regardless of your destination. If you have made the decision to move out of Singapore, come and experience premium relocation services from Singapore, even at a time when many things seem impossible because of the pandemic.

Read our special article Packing and Moving during Covid-19 to understand how we keep our staff and customers safe.