Getting settled in Singapore

So, you are all set to make this big move. The next couple weeks, you will be busy to make the choices about the many essential things in Singapore: Looking for a home, getting your kids enrolled in a great school, getting familiar with public transport, purchasing an auto, opening an account and managing a banking relationship, finding where to shop, and so on.
Luckily, Singapore is an astoundingly friendly city to get used to. You can easily access information through a telephone call or on the web space. However, it is recommended that you do some homework and some preplanning even before you ultimately land in Singapore.
That’s the sole purpose of this article. Apart from lodging regulations, info about hotels/lodges, flats, and global schools, this article also tells you about how to obtain your water, power, gas and telephone connection.  The information given below will help you settle in Singapore fast and in a convenient manner. 
Expat Housing - First of all, search for expect housing. It’s not easy to find a suitable accommodation in Singapore because of its demanding work environment. SHIFT (Short-term Housing for Foreign Talents in areas like JTC (Jurong Town Corporation) may be some good options.  
Lodging – Your first task should be to find a place to live, for the next couple months or years.  For that you can contact property consultants or the web-based agents, who will help you to find an apartment with an area, size and facilities you are looking for.
Look for comprehensive description of housing options in Singapore.
Least expensive lodging
SHIFT is a good option for foreign expatriates, if you do not mind traveling a bit more every day to commute to your office.
Premium apartments in the heart of the city
If you want to live in the heart of the city in a swanky apartment, you can avail it by paying a little more. 

Serviced apartments
This is temporary option to settle down, if you want to keep on looking for more permanent option.  In each case, you have a lot of choices.

Hotels/bachelors’ accommodations
If somehow your lodging arrangements are delayed or you need to wait a bit more to get an apartment ready to move-in, you can always go for hotels or bachelors accommodations, which are available according to your budget. 

Phone Services
Contact SingTel retail shops and SingTel Mobile authorized dealers for fixed line and mobile phone connections.  You need to deposit $300 to get a fixed line.  Go for prepaid services, for your mobile connection, in case you are in Singapore for a short stay, otherwise you can go for a one or two years’ contract.

Furniture and Decoration Services
There is no dearth of furniture and decoration services for your home, and you can choose one according to your ethnicity and preference.  There are different home furnishing service providers, who can provide you the right choice of European, Asian and antique furniture.

Water, Electricity & Gas Utilities
The Public Utilities Board (PUB) is a one-stop shop for all your water, electricity and gas connections in Singapore.  You can call at 1800-235-6841 (toll-free) to contact the PUB.

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