Our round up of stories about recent expat moves that illustrate why the process can (and should) be more seamless than scary.
10 Hoe Chiang Road #06-01
After countless phone calls and quotes, Michele chose to go with Allied Pickfords for their great service and her friends’ strong recommendations.
“I did all my research on the internet in Australia..
“We had received three quotes when a couple of friends who had used Allied Pickfords for their move from Sydney to Singapore said they couldn’t recommend them highly enough. This swayed our decision.
“Our moving consultant in Australia answered any questions I had and never made me feel like a silly housewife! Our consultant in Singapore followed up with expected dates for arrival of our shipment. It’s great to have somebody look out for you and deal with all the details on your behalf.”
Michele Khan, Australia
Interswift Moving and Storage
111 North Bridge Road
#05-32 Peninsula Plaza
Facing her seventh move in 13 years, Rebecca was glad Interswift made it a smooth transition from one home to the other.
“We moved from Serangoon Gardens back to Seletar. I was dreading it. Every year you just accumulate more clutter, especially papers.
“I thought the workers were really nice. They worked flat out and were happy to do extra little things. They were easy to have around. There were no breakages or marks on the walls!
“With any move, make sure you have an idea of where the pieces will be placed at the other end. Then if you’re running between houses, the main placements can go ahead without you. It’ll start looking like home even though you may shift some things around later.”
Rebecca Bisset, Singapore PR
Kev Posh Pet Services
When Toni moved from Texas to Singapore, she knew her beloved dogs would be in good hands.
“Animal Land was our US pet-moving company. They assisted us with our move from Texas to Singapore. They handled all the paperwork, the actual moving and then the contracting for pet handling while the animals were in quarantine.
The company in Singapore that helped us with everything quarantine-related was Kev Posh Pet Services. This is how we were blessed to have met Kelvin Koh. He was amazing at handling our dogs, Dagmar and Matilda.
Kelvin will be handling any move we might do in the future. You can bet on it!”
Toni Hillman, US
Santa Fe Relocation Services
54 Pandan Road
To give Julie and Jonathan peace of mind about their move to Singapore, Santa Fe gave a presentation to show them exactly how their belongings would be transported and cared for.
“The Santa Fe team and their partner in London were superb. We were kept informed about the progress of the ship our container was on; in fact, it came ahead of schedule. When it arrived, the crew who did the unpacking was extremely efficient and helpful.
“On the day, the customer relations manager personally visited to ensure we were happy with the service and advised us that we would have their ‘House Doctor’ for two hours to assist us with hanging artwork and such; more specifically, 19 pictures and two large mirrors!”
Julie Keates, UK
SIR Move Services
10 Changi South Street 3
Tang Logistics Centre #04-01
Tanya had only been in Singapore for five months before she had to move again. Luckily she found her worries put to rest with SIR Move Services.
“We used another company when we first moved to Singapore but a friend had recommended SIR so I decided to ask them for a quote. I was so impressed with SIR’s service from the very first email reply that I decided to give them a try.
“It was very emotional for us to move again. We lost our home and most of our belongings a few years back in a fire and the thought of moving reminded us of this episode. SIR took this on board and was very sensitive to our needs.
We will definitely be using SIR again but hopefully not for a few years!”
Tanya Young, UK
105 Second Lok Yang Road
George has employed Vanpac’s services on five occasions so far and has never been more pleased with their work.
“Ten years ago, Vanpac handled the Singapore end of our initial move here from Europe. We have subsequently used them for three internal moves within Singapore and recently they packed and sent a container of our furniture to our house in France.
“They have been excellent in all our dealings with them; pricing is very competitive, they’re always on time to pack and their people always do a good job. There’s not been a breakage or problem in five moves with them.”
George Adam, New Zealand