Relocating Internationally on Your Own Dollar: Key Ways to Save

Moving to Singapore to make a new home can be a dream come true. Singapore is one of the safest countries in the world and the quality of life is excellent.

Even though Singapore is a small nation, it has so much to offer in the way of culture, dining, nightlife and historical sightseeing – as well as the magnificent Marina Bay with its spectacular light and water shows to enchant both locals and tourists alike. It’s no wonder that many expats are excited about the prospect of relocating to Singapore.

If your company is offering you a chance to relocate, it’s likely they will subsidise some if not all of your expenses. However, if you are moving without that financial support, the costs quickly accumulate.

If you are looking for ways to save money during your move, keep reading.

Make a Plan

The first step is to have a moving plan set up. This will let you work out a budget and identify areas where you can save. If you have any debt in your home country, do your best to pay it off before you travel. Otherwise it might accrue and become more difficult to manage. If you can plan months in advance, you could also save a lot on flights and accommodation when you arrive. When booking your flights, pay attention to your baggage allowance. If there is only a small difference in price between airline tickets but one allows you to bring an extra bag, it might be worth considering it.

Sell What You Don’t Need

When you’re relocating to or from Singapore on a budget, it is worth reducing the number of items you will take with you. Selling your belongings before the big move can help you raise extra money while also giving you a chance to rid yourself of unwanted items. You can use popular trade-in websites such as and, or organise a garage sale. This will take some time, so it should be one of the first things you do. If there are items you can’t sell but you no longer want or need, you can always give them away to friends or charity. The point is to be as rational as possible and reduce the amount of ‘stuff’ you will ship to or from Singapore.

Be Flexible with Accommodation

When you arrive, you might not be able to afford a place with all the amenities or the space you hope for. Try to research your accommodation options before you leave your country of origin – there are a variety of real estate search websites available worldwide. If searching for accommodation in Singapore try Property Guru. This will help you to choose a neighbourhood that is convenient to the amenities important to you, but also affordable. On that note, it might be a good idea to rent a furnished property to reduce your costs even further. You can always look into storage options in Singapore with Allied international movers. If you need to buy household items for your new home, you can always find a pre-loved bargain in a second-hand store or online that will do the job. Once you are settled, you can start replacing the recycled items – or you may find you’ve grown fond of them after all.

At Allied, we can help you with shipping and deliver your belongings right to your door. Call us and get a quote.


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