10 tips for moving homes smoothly in the UAE

The summer months of June, July, and August are the peak season for moving homes

Every year, thousands of UAE residents plan to move homes, whether it’s because of the need to downsize, upsize, move closer to schools or work, or just because of rental price increases.

Servicemarket.com has seen that the summer months of June, July, and August are the peak season for moving homes for UAE residents.

Here’s a checklist by Service Market to help residents plan a smooth move:

1. Choose your movers two weeks in advance: Get in touch with the moving companies you have shortlisted and finalise the one that meet your needs and requirements roughly two weeks prior to your move. Confirm your appointment a week before the big day.

2.  Pack, categorise, and label: Anything that you won’t need in the days leading up to the move can be put away, such as jewellery and documents. A general rule of thumb for packing is to label all your boxes and containers – you might want to categorise them depending on their contents or the room they’re supposed to go into, which is going to make it super easy for you to set up your new home. You should also prepare a small bag with basic items that you would need during the first few days in your new home, such as essential toiletries, work outfits, and chargers for your electronics to name a few.

3.  Do some [Summer] cleaning: While packing and getting ready for the big move, you might realise that you have way too many things that you don’t use or need at all anymore, from old cabinets to crockery sets. If you have the time, earn yourself a few extra bucks by holding a small garage sale, or put up your stuff on Melltoo or Dubizzle. If you don’t have space for your antique dining set in the new house but don’t feel like selling it off either, consider a storage facility where you can keep it safely.

4.  Eat all the food: A few weeks before your move, start going through all the usable food items in your freezer and pantry. However, if you are short on time or if there are foods you really can’t use up, then consider giving perishable food items to family, friends and neighbours.

5.  Get the necessary moving permissions paperwork: To move into a new place, you usually need to get an NOC from the building or community management. This can take up to three working days, so don’t leave it for the last minute. You also may need to get permission to move out of your current place too. Finally, you may need separate permissions for any maintenance work you need to do such as AC maintenance or painting.

6.  Notify your utility providers: Get in touch with your current water, gas and telephone connections and inform them about your move at least a week in advance. And don’t forget to contact providers catering to your new home for new connections.

7.  Update your addresses: Whether it’s with your bank, your favourite restaurant, your water delivery company, or your contact list, be sure to notify all important parties of your new address change to avoid any hiccups in deliveries later on.

8.  Get the new place ready: Whether the walls are screaming for a fresh coat of paint or you want a new shelf installed, now is the time to get that out of the way. You can also book a professional cleaning company to make sure your new house is spotless before you move in.

9.  Get your old place ready too: In most cases, the terms of the lease would require you to leave the apartment or villa in the same condition as the one it was in when you first moved in. Therefore, you might want to give the walls a lick of paint and book a cleaner to make sure you leave the home spotlessly clean – not only will this make a good impression on your landlord, but you will also get your full deposit back.

10. Involve your little ones in the moving process: If you’re moving with children, involve them in the process right from the start. For example, give them a box to fill up with their toys and belongings – not only is this going to keep them busy, but it will give them a sense of responsibility and control over the move as well. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to ask for help in the days leading up to the move and especially the big day itself! You’d be surprised at how quickly you can get stuff done once the kids have been busied in colouring, games and the like.