After you’ve finalized your lease contract, informed your landlord of your move-in date, and done any other requirements, it’s time to become excited about your new home. Make sure you have everything organized for a seamless move-in experience to avoid any mistakes or stress.
Moving between apartments or townhouses in Dubai might be intimidating. It all sounds too much: getting the proper documentation in the right place at the right time, dealing with moving companies, applying for utility services.
But don’t worry; this guide will lead you through all you need to know to make your move-in day in Dubai as stress-free as possible.
Moving houses is already a challenging task; there’s no reason to make it much more complicated. On the day of your move-in, you must be proactive. Keep in mind that a lack of a solid strategy is directly linked to failure.
However, the following checklist and planning advice will assist you in preparing for your move-in day:
Hire a moving company:
Some people may opt not to hire a moving company in order to save money, especially if they are relocating to a nearby property. On the other hand, any relocation that demands a drive or the movement of heavy furniture will be well worth the money.
In addition to packaging and delivering your belongings to your new home, several moving companies in Dubai may offer other services such as maintenance, cleaning, and painting. They will also unpack and place your belongings according to your instructions. As a result, hiring local movers can greatly assist in completing the move-in process in a stress-free manner. After scheduling a moving day with the moving company, you should spend a few days sorting your belongings and getting rid of surplus. It assists the movers in classifying your boxes and making them easier to transport.
Signing an Ejari contract and transferring utility services
For roughly AED385 + 5% VAT, an Ejari contract can be performed online. To register for an Ejari online, you must scan and submit the following documents such as tenant’s passport, visa, Emirates ID, tenancy contract, rented property title deeds, most recent DEWA bill, or connection receipt, your landlord’s passport. To transfer your account and deposit to a new address, contact DEWA about a week before your move-in date to let them know you want to switch utilities. To properly transfer your DEWA account, you must settle any outstanding charges and submit the Ejari contract for your new home.
After your papers have been submitted and fees have been made, the application will be processed and an Ejari contract will be available in 1-2 working days. Ejari contracts are required for all rental villas and flats in Dubai, therefore this is a vital stage in the relocation process.
Internet and television services are transferred:
Before your move-in day, go to an Etisalat or Du store and explain that you need to transfer your internet/TV service to a new location. Bring your Emirates ID, a copy of your passport, and your new tenancy agreement. A modest fee will be charged, which will be added to your next bill. A technician’s visit normally takes 2-4 days, so if you give yourself enough time, you can make an Etisalat or Du appointment.
Additionally, double-check which service providers are accepted in your new apartment, as many only accept Etisalat or Du. If it’s a different provider than the one you had at your previous address, inquire about your options for transfer or cancellation.
Permit to Reside:
Many buildings and communities in Dubai need renters to obtain licenses in order to enter and exit. So, before you move, make sure you know what you’ll need on both sides. If you’re moving into a villa, this may not be necessary, but it’s worth checking with the landlord or management company to avoid any issues. If relocation approval is necessary, you will most likely need to present your tenancy contract, Ejari, passport copy and visa copy. One week before your move-in date, make this a priority.
Villas and apartments in Dubai are prone to wear and tear, especially if you have lived in the same location for a long time. It is preferable to establish a list of anything that needs to be fixed, painted, or cleaned around the house. Many moving companies provide services to return the home to its previous state, or you can hire a cleaning and maintenance company to complete the job. This should be done a couple of days before you return the keys to the landlord. On the other hand, make sure you do a thorough inspection of your new home to avoid being held liable for any existing problems or damages.
Recovering your Deposit
After successfully transporting all of your belongings to your new house, organizing all of the appropriate papers and reconnections, and leaving your previous property as good as new, there’s only one thing left to do: receive your deposit returned. This should be a straightforward process, but it is your responsibility to ensure that your deposit is returned. There will be no costs if the location is in its original condition. If there is some discretion over the expenses applied for damage, however, talk with your former landlord to establish an agreeable agreement.
Moving can cause a lot of worry and headaches, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If it’s well-organized and planned, you might even enjoy yourself while doing it. Before beginning the relocation process, a checklist would be beneficial.