How to Get Your Property Ready to Move in to

So you’re ready for a move and have found a beautiful new space that you’re excited to start living in. Moving into a new home is a big change and can cause stress and anxiety. Everybody wants to make moving into a new property as easy and stress-free as possible. If you’re here because you’re trying to make a list, you’re in the right place!

Apart from packing tips and lists to avoid potential troubles with your move, there are a few things you could do to make the process easier. We’re not talking about working out or meditation! We’re talking about methods to prevent potential problems a new home buyer could run into after moving in. Keeping these in mind can save you thousands over the years, and prevent a lot of frustration and unease in your time living there.

If you’re on the brink of a move, here are a few things to add to your checklist.


One week before your move would be a good time to go to your new home and have a look. This walk is also your opportunity to check that your new property has good bones and is entirely functional. Ensure that all the repairs that you requested have been made.

Take the chance to make sure your electricals are okay and get a good understanding of switches and outlets. Plan where your important tech and devices fit in. 

Is the plumbing working fine? It would be deeply unpleasant for any of us to spend our first night in our new homes without adequate plumbing. 

How do the swimming pool and tanks look? Make sure that the swimming pool and tanks well-maintained and clean. You’re going to be using the water heavily in these two features, and for health and safety reasons; it’s necessary that your property is handed to you in pristine condition.

Additionally, keep an eye out for water stains on the ceiling. Living in Dubai means that a fully functional Air Conditioning system is a non-negotiable must. A common problem with poorly maintained ACs is unrepaired ducts. Small or invisible holes and scratches in the AC coils reduce its effectiveness, leading to less than stellar cooling. Can you imagine turning it on in the local summer’s sweltering heat and discovering that it needs to be repaired? Yikes!  

If you see an issue with any of these, it would be a smart move to bring it sooner rather than later, so that you don’t find yourself trying to initiate repair work after moving in, and in the middle of trying to set your space up. What’s worse, you could alternatively find yourself spending a lot more once it has been damaged beyond repair.

Professional Opinion

We strongly recommend getting a professional opinion on the most important functions of a house. It’s well and good to look around and believe that everything is in working order, but unless you have some training in plumbing, Ac maintenance, or electricals, odds are that you’re going to miss something. 

For example, if the property is 16 years old and has a water heater that has been used since it was built thanks to timely care, how much longer can you expect it to last?

Similarly, bringing in a professional electrician to conduct an in-depth examination and test will be well worth the amount for a safer tomorrow in your new property.

There are companies such as Octopus that cater to checkups and also offer year-round servicing and maintenance packages. Contact one that you’re comfortable with and get a trained specialist’s diagnosis on your new property before you move in.  

The final flourish.

Now that we’ve got your electricals and plumbing sorted out, it’s time to take advantage of your empty property. Two days before you move in is the perfect time to familiarize yourself with your now up-to-date and fully functional home. It helps a ton to plan where your furniture will go- especially the big pieces that frame the rooms. Time to get your creative juices flowing! Which big furniture piece goes where? Having a ready place for everything to go will significantly decrease the organizing and heavy labor in your immediate future. 

If you’re going to set up your future home with firm aesthetics in mind, this is the perfect time to get that wall painted to your liking. It will be entirely dry by the time you step in as the house’s official resident in two days.

It’s also worth taking this opportunity to schedule the start of your connections with DEWA for this day; before you move in so that you’re sure that you’re moving into a home that is well-lit and cool, with running water. Learn which electrical socket does what and acquaint yourself with your electrical box so you know what to do in case you ever blow a fuse. This is a great chance to plan your electrical appliance positioning. Where are the switches? Which electrical appliances do you want plugging into that switch? 

Small moves like switching to LED lights will help in save electricity in the long run. If you’re also looking at purchasing a few new electronics to start afresh with at the house, it’s a great idea to also opt for energy-efficient appliances. They’ll help you make their worth in money back by reducing your DEWA bill every month!

Once the big day has arrived, it is time to unpack according to plan. Turn that Air Conditioner on as you set your home up to your liking, and unwind with a bath (with fully functional plumbing) after your long day. You’ve earned it! 

Don’t forget to set up an annual contract with a home maintenance company so that you can enjoy resting this way year-round!

Did you get your answer to: How to Get Your Property Move in Ready?

If yes, then we’re glad! We cannot stress enough how important it is to care for your home with routine check ups, just like you’d care for your car. Hopefully, the reasons stated in this article encourage you to call in experts like Octopus and sign an annual maintenance contract. Our professionals are all well-trained and licensed.

For more information or to enquire about our annual contracts, get in touch with Octopus. Call our toll-free number, 800 3993.

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