8 Things you need to do before moving to a new house

Written by Unique Properties

Moving is one of life’s most stressful experiences, most of us will go through this experience several times in our lifetime, so it is important to try to make these occasions as stress free as possible.
There are several things you could do to take care of your new home and get settled in. Read on for 8 things to do before moving to a new house.

1) Connect your electricity and water
Just before moving to your new house it is important to disconnect the electricity and water from the previous tenant’s name and reconnect it in your own name. This process is very simple and could be done online using DEWA site, your agent can also help you in this step.

2) Connect your internet
While this might seem like a no-brainer, it is still however important to connect your internet well before moving in as the service might take few days to be fully installed. In Dubai for your Internet, TV and Phone services there are mainly two providers Etisalat and Du, which both provide different unique packages.

3)  Book a relocation company in advance
In order to relocate efficiently to your new house, it is very important that you work with a reliable company that will do the job hassle-free and on-time. There are lots of moving companies in Dubai that differ in price and quality of service, here are our top 3 picks:

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Easy Truck
E-movers

4)  Take pictures of your new place
In case you are renting the property, it is extremely important to take some pictures of the unit as you could lose your deposit when you move out if there’s damage to the home, so you’ll need proof of any existing problems. This could be easily done by taking pictures or a video using your phone of anything that is damaged or not in a very good condition.

Even if you are buying the property you should still take pictures of anything damaged that wasn’t documented so that the owner fixes it or provide the equivalent compensation.

5) Change the locks
If the unit is not brand new, it is always a good idea to change the locks as soon as you move in. The reason behind this is that you will never know who has the copies of the keys and having the locks completely changed will sure give you a peace of mind.

6) Double check safety measures
In Dubai the government takes good care in making sure all the safety measures are met, this is done by experts visiting your house several times a year just to check your gas detectors and fire extinguisher. But for your own safety it will never hurt to double check on the same as you wouldn’t know when was the last time the safety department visited your new place.

7) Change your address and update family and friends
It is very important to make sure you officially change address so that you don’t rely on the new tenant of your old home to forward your mail and other deliveries. It is also very helpful to notify your family and friends your new address and new landline so that they could still contact you after you move to your new residence.

8) Plan a housewarming party
Planning a housewarming party 2 or 3 weeks after you move in will give you an incentive to get all those previous points done and will help you get your new place well organized.  Once you have invited all your friends and family to the party, you will be committed to certain date, thus avoid any delays of getting the work done. So throw  a small party and enjoy your new home.

We hope this list was helpful, if you are interested in buying a property  or renting a property in Dubai feel free to get in touch with one of our expert agents by clicking in the “Book a meeting” button below or use the chat box to write us your inquiry.