6 Things You MUST Do Before Moving Out

Moving can be hectic and stressful. In the midst of your moving frenzy, you might forget to do an important thing or two. That’s why Property Finder put together a checklist to help you out.

6 things you MUST do before moving out

1.  Book a Moving Service

Booking a moving service in advance will give you peace of mind and let you concentrate on other tasks ahead of you. Some services will even pack your things for you!

When: Book the service 1 or 2 weeks ahead of time.

How: You will find everything online; make sure you get quotes from different movers.

2. Transfer Your Connection Services

Carve out some time to head down to your nearest Etisalat or Du centre to put in a request to transfer your account to your new address, or cancel your current account. Once you’ve applied for the transfer, the technician will come in 2-4 days.

When: 2-3 days before your moving date.


  • You will need a copy of your passport or Emirates ID, and a copy of your new tenancy contract
  • A small transfer fee will be added to your next bill – the amount of the fee depends on the services you are willing to transfer.
  • The technician will come to your new house in 2-4 days.

3. Disconnect Your DEWA Account

Disconnecting your DEWA account is very important before moving out. If you do not disconnect the account, you will continue to receive bills even after you have vacated the property.

When: 7 days before your move


  • You will need a copy of your passport or Emirates ID, and your previous DEWA bill
  • You can either submit your form online or go to the DEWA office directly.
  • After 2-3 days of processing, you will receive your final bill.
  • After receiving your final bill, pay it in the DEWA office and collect your deposit.

We’ve gathered all DEWA’s Frequently Asked Questions and Answers right here at Property Finder.

4. Get a Moving Permit from Your Building

Some buildings in Dubai require tenants who are moving in and out to have obtained moving permits. 

When: Talk to your building supervisor to find out about the move-out procedure at least a week in advance.

How: The procedure is different for every development. For example, Emaar buildings require tenants in the process of moving to submit a tenancy contract, Ejari, passport and visa copy a week in advance before issuing the permit.

5. Restore the House to Its Original Condition

If you want to make sure to get your deposit back, you need to restore the house to the condition it was in when you first moved in. You might need to hire a cleaning service a day before you move out, or even repaint the walls, depending on whether any damage has been made. Make sure you remove all the furniture and leave nothing behind, otherwise the landlord has the right to charge you for a removal service.

When: Schedule for a cleaning service 1 to 2 days before you hand over the keys.

6. Get Your Deposit Back

After you have handed over the keys and made sure the property has been restored to its original condition, ask your landlord to give you back the deposit. As long as the property is in its original condition, your landlord should not withhold any charges, and the deposit should be paid back in full.

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