Settling into a new home in Dubai invariably comes with its own set of challenges, but knowing what to expect is half the battle
Most Dubai communities and building owners require you to obtain a moving-in permit. Check with your real estate agent, or building security, what paperwork needs to be completed in advance, as it can take up to five working days to come through. The process can vary but may require you to fill out a Move-In/ Move-Out form and to hand over a copy of your tenancy contract or title deed, your passport and visa, and proof of settlement of any community service fees. You may also need to provide the details of your moving company
1. CHOOSE WISELY
There’s a long list of moving companies in Dubai, so do your homework. Check out online
forums for recommendations, as well as getting the lowdown from those who’ve been through the process. Draw up a shortlist, then look at reviews before getting in touch for a home survey.
2. CREDENTIALS CHECK
A valid trade license and insurance are non-negotiables. It’s also essential that the staff aren’t outsourced, as building security will usually ask to see Emirates IDs before allowing access.
3. COST IT OUT
Great movers aren’t cheap, and cheap movers (generally speaking) aren’t great. The majority of big name companies in Dubai offer an online quote so comparing prices is easy. That said, for moves larger than a one-bedroom apartment, it’s always best to get your home surveyed to get the most accurate price.
4. HANDS ON… OR OFF
How much or how little involvement you have in the physical move is up to you. Many people choose to pack only their valuables and leave the rest up to the moving team who can dismantle furniture, put your freezer goodies in an icebox, and even pack your socks.
5. SPECIALIST SERVICES
From a trusted pair of hands to reconnect your washing machine, to an on-call handyman to sort out pesky light fittings, and partnerships with
storage companies or short-term accommodation providers for a mid-move stay, opting for added extras can make all the difference.
6. ON TRACK
Relocating from overseas? It’s always good to move with a company that has offices in your destination country, so they are in control throughout the process. Thanks to state-of-the-art IT systems, you can easily track your consignment as it crosses borders.
7. IN AND OUT
Professional movers usually work in three to 15-person teams (depending on the scale of the move and package). The general rule of thumb is one crew
member for every five cubic metres. A one or two-bedroom apartment can be packed, relocated and unpacked in a single day and an entire four-bedroom villa turned around in 48 hours
8. END RESULT
The worst part of a move is the dreaded unpacking, but a door-to-drawer service takes the sting out of the experience and frees you up to do the all-important finishing touches.