Cost of Moving in Dubai

Are you considering relocating? Here’s a step-by-step summary of the costs.

Moving may appear to be a wise decision if it helps you to save money on rent, but have you thought about how much it is likely to cost to move residences in Dubai?

With the property market becoming more competitive, ex-pats moving to and residing in some of Dubai’s most prestigious neighborhoods now have extra options for saving money on rent.

Due to this situation, tenants may be pushed to switch locations in order to save some money. Have you considered the cost of moving to Dubai before deciding on your new favorite place to live?

Relocating could save you 5 to 10 thousand Dirhams on rent (in most situations for a larger area), but when you include in the initial deposit, agency fees, movers and Packers in Dubai expenditures, and upkeep bills… the amount you’ll save will be invested somewhere else.

If you’re considering relocating to Dubai, here’s a breakdown of how much it costs to move a house in the emirate.

Before you move

  • Painting/redecorating costs between Dhs 100 and Dhs 200.
  • Maintenance activities such as electrical/plumbing: around Dhs 100-200
  • Washing/cleansing of current unit: Dhs 600 maximum

Despite modifications in the law that no longer force tenants to return a unit in the same shape in which they came in, tenants may feel responsible to repair any damage that occurred while living in the home.

Any artwork that may be required, such as a fresh coat of paint on most, if not all, walls, is one of the initial costs to consider when moving property in Dubai. Several repair shops charge by the hour rate of Dhs 100 – 200 for this service.

If there are any broken bulbs, frayed wires, broken toilet seats, or flushing problems… In addition to these problems, they can also be corrected before leaving a residence, and they can be accomplished in a few days preceding the move. The repair companies charge by the hour for these services.

Finally, at this stage, you may decide to hire a cleaning agency to assist with a thorough cleaning than usual in preparation for your departure. Depending on the company, this might cost around Dhs 40 per hour, with charges reaching Dhs 600 for a comprehensive service.

One or two weeks before moving

By this point, you’ve almost certainly found your ideal new home and are ready to sign your rental contract with your new owner. If you want to hire a property agent, expect to have to pay 5% of your actual rent as an agency fee, as well as a 5% deposit to secure your particular unit.

Check that your checks are ready and signed before giving them over to the agent/landlord. Either one 2 checks became popular in Dubai’s real estate sector, but now tenants can discover a range of cheque rentals, significantly cutting the overall cost of moving.

For example, if you opt to cover your costs in 4 installments of AED 30,000, your first payment will be AED 30,000. This cash should be ready and, in your bank when your landlords deposit the cheque on the agreed-upon start date.

You should also start thinking about packing. While many moving companies in Dubai include packing as part of their services, it’s not uncommon to want to start packing your belongings yourself. This can help ensure that any valuable or sentimental items are packed, secure, and prepared for relocation day. Boxes may be purchased from ACE Hardware for around Dhs 150 for 10 boxes.

Total cost so far, approximately AED 43,150.

This amount includes your first rent payment for your new home, but you may want to leave it out of your calculations because you’d be paying the rent if you remained where you were. The actual cost of transportation at this stage would be AED 13, 150.

Relocation day has here, and you will almost certainly want assistance! Hiring a transportation company is a normal practice in this area since a company clearly has the capacity to carry heavy furniture and box/pack belongings quickly and easily. Most, if not all, companies provide package options that include extras like unpacking, re-decorating, dusting, and so on.

You might feel at ease if your new unit is well sanitized before you move in. After all, even if you know the owner has cleaned the flat, if you’re like us, you’ll want to double-check. Make a budget of at least Dhs 500 for this.

The foregoing also applies to air conditioners installed on the premises. If you’re relocating, you might not need to spend for this, but for old models, getting the A/C cleaned regularly is a must. You can’t always be assured that the previous occupants and/or owner completely cleaned the A/C. Prices vary by provider and can vary from Dhs 1,200 to Dhs 3,000, depending on size of your unit.

Another factor to consider is your DEWA deposit. If you relocate from a flat to a townhouse/villa, your DEWA security will rise from Dhs 2,000 to Dhs 4,000, and you will be made to pay the Dhs 2,000 difference. You should not have to pay any extra costs if you are transferring from one villa to another.

Registering your Ejari is required for all Dubai renters; it is simple to do online and costs Dhs 365. If you seek your broker for assistance, you should expect to pay them around Dhs 500.

Transferring your du/Etisalat link is also required. Tenants must pay a Dhs 100 moving fee, which is deducted from their next payment.

Tenants must obtain a move-in approval when relocating to specified communities, such as Emirates Living by Emaar. Even though they are free, users are able to get community access cards for their vehicles. Each of these items will cost you Dhs 200.

Additional costs you may not have thought about…

If you’ve hired a transportation company to help you on the day, purchasing meals, sandwiches, and drinks is a nice way to express your appreciation. Keep in mind that these guys may have another house and are moving after yours (it happens!) As a result, presenting them with snacks and drinks would surely be welcomed… It’s also a simple way to say thank you! It should not cost something beyond Dhs 150 if you like.

What about the children?

On a typical weekday, you may not have to deal with this issue. If your plan is to relocate on a weekend and have little children, you might think about booking a hotel room for them as well as your spouse and/or housekeeper. Moving may be challenging, and with so many heavy items, electricals, and tools nearby, it’s typically better to keep young hands and curious minds out of the way.

Moreover, if you are relocating from one site to another, there may be a delay in getting your DEWA linked. This may be a problem if you’re relocating during a heatwave! Small children should probably be kept cool somewhere else.

Finally, what about your four-legged friends?

You might also consider boarding your puppies, kittens, and other pets to ensure their safety. Many pet owners have experienced the horror of their pet getting separated during a move, and once you’ve settled into your new home, walking around looking for your pet is the last thing you want to do. Ensure their safety by booking them into the local boarding facility for the night. Depending on the company you select, it will cost between 100 and 170 dirhams.

After moving in

We’ve already covered the expenditures of shifting to Dubai. Before you even move into your new Dubai home, there’s a lot to consider, from DEWA to the very first rent payment to regular maintenance.

The best (and most pleasurable) part is yet to come: buying! If you’ve expanded your flat, your mind will be racing with ideas for furniture and soft furnishings to finish out your new apartment.

  • Having said that, you also might want to update an item, or you may truly require one for your new home, therefore to assist you to calculate prices, here’s an estimation of how much you would roughly budget for it all needed:

Of obviously, all of this is dependent on where you shop and which products you choose. Sofa and home goods outlets in the Mall of the Emirates and The Dubai Mall cater to a wide variety of budgets.

The total cost of moving in Dubai

Following our detailed information, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the cost of moving here. As explained previously, the total cost of more than AED 50,000 includes your initial rent payment for your new unit. Remove that, and you have a more reasonable figure.

Again, our advice above is aimed to provide an average cost to help you calculate how much you need to spend; prices will vary depending on the suppliers or firms you choose to work with while relocating, which can help greatly when reducing expenses.

Ultimately, is moving the right decision for you right now?

With thousands of new rental apartments hitting the market this year and next in preparation for Expo2020, it’s no surprise that tenants are asking if relocating is the best and appropriate option for them right now. If saving money on rent is your major goal, considering the cost of transportation will help you grasp how much you’ll save in total.