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How to Find a Place to Live in Singapore

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Are you moving to Singapore and looking for a place to stay? Well then read this post to find out everything you need to know about finding your first place here. I will have a video up about this subject tomorrow, so click here to watch it once it goes live!

I have lived in Singapore for about eight months now. If you'd like to watch my videos about my one month and my five month update living here and make sure you please check them out. The first flat I lived in was a 2 Bedroom Condo located near Boon Keng MRT and the 2nd place is the one I currently live in now which is a Studio Condo located in the West Region of Singapore. My boyfriend however has moved for different times while living in Singapore for the last three years. I am currently living in my second location in Singapore, so I thought I might share some tips with you on how I found my place, some good things to know like hidden fees, and basically everything else that you need to know!

Here is a compiled list of websites you should check out for finding a place to live:

How to Find a Place to Live in Singapore

99.co

This website is probably my favorite because chances are if you live in Singapore, then you will most likely be taking the MRT underground train system or taking the bus to work. Living in a flat that is close to public transportation is the most important thing about living in Singapore. Trust me, you don't want to be walking more than five minutes in the intense and humid climate. 99.co is good for this because it has a search function where you can filter it by different MRT stations and bus routes.
Visit the website here.

How to Find a Place to Live in Singapore

Propertyguru.sg

This website is also good for finding current properties are out on the market right now. This site is typically pretty good at keeping up to date with photos, prices, and if it's available or not. I have personally toured several units from properties that I found on this site. This website also has a good reputation and it is known to be used by a lot of expats.
Visit the website here.

How to Find a Place to Live in Singapore

Homie.co

Although I don't need a roommate, this is a good site for finding one! Typically people will get a lease with several bedrooms so that they can rent out the other ones. I don't recommend doing this but it's great for people that are trying to find a cheaper rent and a room to live in. The types of people that are looking for a room are usually university students or maids. Our old apartment that we used to live in technically had a room called a "maids closet" but we never rented it out to someone since it didn't seem like a proper bedroom to us. We currently live in the studio right now so there is no need for a roommate.
Visit the website here.

How to Find a Place to Live in Singapore

Stproperty.sg

This site is a lot like 99.co. It has various functions such as listing properties nearby MRT stations and even estate reviews. Just like all the other sites you can look for an agent to help you find a place, an HDB, a condo, and even business spaces.
Visit the website here.

How to Find a Place to Live in Singapore

Useful tips that you need to know:

  • If you find the property that you are renting out by yourself without an agent then you shouldn't pay the agent fee. The landlord should pay it.
  • If you do you hire an agent then you must pay the agent fee
  • The agent fee is usually about half a month of rent for a one year lease and one month of rent for a two year lease
  • For a one year lease the deposit is usually about a one month's deposit worth
  • For a two years lease the deposit is usually about a two month's deposit worth
  • On top of all of that expect to pay your first month of rent upfront
  • You also need to pay a stamping fee which is certifying the contract but the price depends on your contract. It's 0.4% of your total rent

How to Find a Place to Live in Singapore

Negotiating tips:

  • Make sure you clarify what is included in fully furnished versus partially furnished
  • Always check the market and then negotiate for the lowest price for similar properties to the ones that you're looking at
  • The landlord will often promise a lot of things in person and verbally, so make sure before you sign anything, that the landlord clearly specified in the contract what was promised to you such as a TV, any repairs, and even appliances. Our previous landlords were supposed to move out all of their boxes and belongings but for the entire period of one year while we were living there, they never once came to pick their stuff up. So make sure that those things are specified in the contract so you aren't stuck with a bad deal.

How to Find a Place to Live in Singapore

I hope this blog post and my video help some of you out. Do you have any more tips about finding a place to live in Singapore? Let me know in the comments down below! If you could do me a huge favor and if you can pin my photo from this blog post to your Pinterest boards, I would really really really appreciate that because it will help me gain some exposure on this blog post. Feel free to share this post with your friends or anyone that you know that is moving to Singapore.


Have a happy week!

How to Find a Place to Live in Singapore


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