Moving to a new home comes with an intimidating checklist of tasks, physical logistics and unplanned cost. In fact, moving is regarded as one of the most stressing events in life. If you are not prepared adequately, you might face a lot of challenges including elevated cost. So, what is the cost of moving within Dubai?
You should consult the top real estate brokers in Dubai if you are considering moving within Dubai. Whether you’re moving to one of the properties at the Dubai Creek Harbour or the City Walk apartments Dubai, make sure you’re aware of all the costs involved.
- Utility cost
Before moving to a new place, you will have to discontinue your previous utility connections and acquire new ones. You will be required to pay a connection fee of AED 100 to set up Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) account. You will also need to pay a refundable security deposit of AED 2000 for an apartment and AED 4000 for a villa.
Remember that 5% of your monthly rent will be added to your bills every month. Therefore, if you are moving to an expensive house, you should expect an increase in your bills. In addition, you will need AED 100 to transfer your Etisalat account. Keep in mind that you will have to clear all the outstanding bills to disconnect the previous utilities.
- Ejari and other fees
As a new tenant, you will have to register your tenancy contract with Ejari at the cost of AED 365. On top of that, if you hired a realtor to help search the new house, you will have to pay them. The commission is usually between 1 and 5 percent of the rent amount. The landlord will require you to pay a security deposit. It can be a certain percentage of the rent amount or equivalent to the rent amount. Even though the security deposit is refundable, the landlord has the right to keep some or all of it if you damage the house.
- Moving services
The cost of moving services depends on several factors such as the volume of your items and the distance to be travelled. For instance, the cost may be higher if the movers will have to climb stairs. Most people make the mistake of hiring the cheapest movers without considering reputation or the quality of services. Inexperienced and unprofessional movers may cause delays or even damage your items during transit.