Sunday, 30 September 2018 13:52

Top 10 tips for moving out of your apartment or villa

Written by mplus+

By mplus+, property maintenance experts


They say moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do in your life, so if you are planning a move, some strong friends and expert advice can help you get through it. Marc Daly, general manager of leading UAE-based property maintenance company, mplus+ provides these helpful tips on what to look out for when making your next big move, together with some useful ideas to ensure it all goes to plan.

  1. The fine print: Be aware of the timeframe for providing your landlord with notice of your intention to move out. It’s normally at least two months and there could be a penalty if you move out before the end of your current contract tenure. However, if you have a good rapport with your landlord then this can possibly be negotiated.

  2. NOC from landlord: Depending on which emirate you are living in, the utilities company such as DEWA may require you to provide a NOC from the landlord that will enable disconnection and allow refunds to given. The NOC is also often required by community and building managers so it can be handed to the security gatehouse or guards on duty.

  3. Rental agent: If you used a rental agent to move into the villa or apartment, then notify them, as they may help you to find another property to suit your requirements - they already know your likes and dislikes and budget. They may also help finding a new tenant for the current property, which can stand you in good stead with the landlord - especially if you are breaking your tenancy contract.

  4. Moving company: Book well in advance, as some established moving companies have very attractive offers for packing and moving your household items if you give them a longer lead time.

  5. Repairs, maintenance & cleaning: It is important to engage with a reputed property maintenance company, such as mplus+. They can provide a cost estimate to restore the property back to the condition when you moved in. They will also be able to professionally clean, paint and restore the property back to original condition so you can receive a full bond refund. Their electrical and plumbing experts can fix any faults, and they can even send a handyman to hang curtains and paintings at your new place.

  6. Telephone and internet: If you are moving within the UAE, check with your service provider to see if you can transfer your existing account to your new address. Otherwise, arrange for disconnection.

  7. Utilities: If you are moving within the same emirate you will need to notify the local water and electricity provider of your new address so your account can be transferred. However, if you are moving out of the UAE you will need to cancel these services. Some authorities will require the landlord’s NOC if the contract is being broken prior end of the existing contract period.

  8. Move out permit: If you are in a villa community or an apartment complex with a security gatehouse, you will often need to get a move out permit prior the actual date of moving. The move out permit will need to be given to the moving company and details of the moving company’s vehicles also given to security.

  9. Insurance: Please ensure your moving company has adequate insurance in the unlikely event of your valuables being damaged or lost.

  10. Final check: When your belongings have been moved, check the electrics and water have been turned off at the mains. This will not only mitigate the risk of any hazards or leakages but also avoid any surprises on your final bill.