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  • Dec 27, 2021

An Expert Guide On How To Prepare For Your Move-In Day

It’s time to become thrilled about your new home after you’ve finalised your lease contract, informed your landlord of your move-in date, and completed all other procedures. However, to avoid any mistakes or stress, make sure you have everything organised for a smooth move-in experience.

It might be intimidating to move between apartments or townhouses in Dubai. Getting the correct paperwork in the right place at the right time, dealing with moving firms, applying for utility services, it all sounds too much. 

But don’t panic; this guide will walk you through all you need to know to plan a stress-free move-in day in Dubai.

Your Checklist For Move-In Day In Dubai

Moving houses is already a difficult undertaking; there’s no reason to make it any more difficult. You have to be proactive on your move-in day. Keep in mind that failure is directly proportional to the lack of a strong strategy.

However, the following guide will help you with the right planning and a checklist before your move-in day:

1- Arranging a Moving Company

Some people may prefer to save money by not hiring a moving company, especially if they are relocating to a neighboring home. Any transfer that necessitates a drive or the movement of heavy furniture, on the other hand, will be well worth the money.

Many moving companies in Dubai may provide other services like maintenance, cleaning, and painting in addition to packaging and transporting your possessions to your new home. Moreover, they will also unpack and position your stuff according to your directions. Thus, hiring local movers can help a great deal to complete the move-in process in a hassle-free way.

You should spend a few days sorting your possessions and getting rid of excess after scheduling a moving day with the moving company. It helps the movers to classify your boxes and makes them easy for moving.

2- Registering Contract with Ejari and Transferring Utility Services

An Ejari contract can be completed online for around AED385 + 5% VAT. You must scan and submit the following papers to register for an Ejari online:

  • tenant’s passport
  • visa, Emirates ID
  • tenancy contract
  • rented property title deeds
  • most recent DEWA bill, or connection receipt
  • your landlord’s passport.

For switching utilities, contact DEWA about a week before your move-in day, to let them know you wish to transfer your account and deposit to a new address. You must settle any outstanding charges and submit the Ejari contract for your new house in order to properly transfer your DEWA account.

The application will be completed and an Ejari contract will be accessible in 1-2 working days after your papers have been uploaded and the payments have been paid. All rental villas and apartments in Dubai require Ejari contracts, thus this is an important step in relocating.

3- Transfer of Internet and TV services

Visit an Etisalat or Du shop before your move-in day and explain to them that you need to transfer your internet/TV services to a new location. Take your Emirates ID, a copy of your passport, and your new tenancy contract with you. It will cost you a small fee which will be added to your next bill. A technician’s visit usually takes 2-4 days, so if you allow yourself enough time, you may schedule an appointment with Etisalat or Du.

Moreover, it’s also a good idea to double-check which service providers are accepted at your new residence, as many only accept Etisalat or Du. If it’s a different provider than the one you had at your old residence, talk to them about it; there may be alternatives for transfer or cancellation.

4- Move-in Permit

In Dubai, many buildings and communities need renters to acquire licenses to move in and out. So, be sure you know what you’ll need on both sides before moving. This may not be essential if you’re moving into a villa, but it’s worth checking with the landlord or management firm to prevent any problems.

You will most likely need to provide your tenancy contract, Ejari, passport copy, and visa copy if relocation permission is required. You should make this a priority one week before your move-in day.

5- Restoring the Property

In Dubai, villas and apartments are prone to wear and tear, particularly if you have lived in the same place for a long period. It is better to make a note of anything around the house that needs to be repaired, painted, or cleaned.

Many moving firms offer services to restore the home to its original condition, or you may use cleaning and maintenance businesses to finish the task. You should schedule this 2-3 days before returning the keys to the landlord. On the other hand, ensure that you do an official examination of your new house so that you are not held accountable for any existing flaws or damages.

6- Getting your Deposit Back

There’s only one thing left to do after successfully relocating all of your possessions to your new home, coordinating all of the necessary documentation and reconnections, and leaving your prior property as good as new: getting your deposit back.

This should be a simple procedure, but it is your obligation to ensure that your deposit is refunded. If the location is in its original state, there will be no charges. However, negotiate with your former landlord to reach an acceptable arrangement if there is some discretion over the costs applied for damage.

Wrap Up

The moving process is not without its share of stress and headaches, but it does not have to be that way. You may even have a good time while doing it if you have it organised and planned correctly. A checklist would come in handy before all this moving process.

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