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7 things you must do when moving in Dubai during the COVID-19 era

You can make your home safer, germ-free, and more comfortable with some simple steps

You can get a studio apartment cleaned and sanitized for as little as AED 299 You can get move-in handyman services for as little as AED 150 per hour AC units should be serviced every quarter. It will improve the cooling, but also help you cut down your electricity bills

By ServiceMarket.com

Moving to a new home in Dubai can be a challenging process, and given the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become important to take some additional precautionary steps when relocating. You can make your home safer, germ-free, and more comfortable with some simple steps. The experts at ServiceMarket, the UAE’s leading online marketplace for moving, maintenance, and cleaning services, have put together this handy checklist to make it easier for you to do so.

Get your new home cleaned and sanitized

You must go the extra mile to ensure that your new home is not only spick and span, but also germ-free. There are multiple reasons to book a licensed cleaning and sanitization service. The process of sanitization requires special equipment, expertise, and materials that are safe and have been approved by the UAE government. What’s more, relocation can be stressful and tiring, so you should consider taking steps that can help you stay relaxed and have peace of mind. You can get a studio apartment cleaned and sanitized for as little as AED 299.  

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Hire licensed movers to move homes safely 

You can move homes safely and without any hassles by hiring licensed moving companies in Dubai as they’re taking multiple precautionary measures to ensure your health and safety. Some of the steps moving companies may take while they pack, move, and unpacking your belongings include: 

  • Health screenings will be conducted before the movers and packers begin working.  
  • The staff will be provided with face masks, hand sanitizers, as well as gloves. The staff members are also required to wash their hands before they put on a new pair of gloves. 
  • They will maintain a safe distance and refrain from physical contact.
  • The vehicles used in the process of moving will be sanitized.
  • They may ask you to ensure that only one member of your family member remains in the house while they carry out their services.    
  • Before they begin working, a questionnaire may be sent to you. You can expect questions related to your history of international travel, experiencing flu-like symptoms, and contact with overseas travelers.  

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Hire a professional handyman

Keep in mind that like movers and packers, the professional handymen you hire through ServiceMarket will take the necessary precautionary measures to ensure your health and safety, including hand-washing before and after they begin working. They will also be equipped with face masks, hand sanitizers, and disposable gloves. What’s more, health screenings of the staff are conducted daily. Even the vehicles and residential quarters of the staff are deep cleaned and sanitized. You might require handyman services for a variety of tasks after you’ve moved in. For example, a handyman in Dubai can help you with hanging curtains, mounting TVs, changing light bulbs, and installing shelves. You can get move-in handyman services for as little as AED 150 per hour. You may also need to restore your old home to its original condition by repairing and repainting it to get the full security deposit back from your landlord.  

Consider move-in pest control

It goes without saying that you wouldn’t want any unwanted guests like pests in your new home. Some of the common pests you may encounter in a Dubai home include cockroaches, bed bugs, ants, termites, and rodents. Besides causing diseases, they can also damage your belongings and the structure of your home. You can easily remove them with the help of preventative pest control treatments. If you’re moving to a two-bedroom apartment, then it will cost you as little as AED 299.

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Check the air conditioning system and insulation

Let’s face it, air conditioning is your lifeline during the summer months in Dubai. If the air conditioner hasn’t been serviced in a while, then get it done as soon as possible. AC units should be serviced every quarter. Doing so will not only improve the cooling, but also help you cut down your electricity bills as unmaintained and dirty ACs consume more energy. You can get an AC unit cleaned for just AED 179 (excluding VAT). Be sure to check if your rooms are properly insulated as it can also improve cooling and cut down electricity consumption. You can consider tinting your windows, hanging curtains and blinds that are good at blocking sunlight, and hiring a handyman to seal gaps, openings, and vents.

Make a who to notify checklist 

Check the notice period in your tenancy contract and inform your landlord accordingly. You will also need to transfer your utilities and telecom connections. An administrative fee of AED 100 will be charged for transferring your telecom connection and you will have to pay AED 120 to transfer your DEWA connection. Some of the other people and institutions that you need to notify about the address change can include your employer, bank, children’s schools, and friends and relatives. 

From move-in pest control to cleaning services in Dubai, you can book a wide variety of home services through ServiceMarket without any hassles.