A New Apartment – Search and Furnish in 6 Easy Steps
Get out of your old apartment and into a new adventure. Changing your new apartment brings with it a lot of change, but also a lot of anticipation. So that nothing goes wrong in the euphoria surrounding your new apartment and you don’t forget anything, we have provided an overview. Here you will find everything you need. All information about your new apartment with practical checklists and helpful tips – simply explained in 6 steps:
Step 1: Find the new apartment
Let’s go! First you have to find a new apartment. To make your search for the needle in the haystack a little easier, you should know beforehand what you are looking for:
- Set yourself a budget.
- Decide in which location you want to search.
- Determine how many rooms you need, whether a fitted kitchen or a balcony are absolute must-haves or anything else that might be important to you.
- For example, do you need accessibility in your new apartment?
You can narrow down your search based on these points.
If the search finally turns up a few apartments that meet many but not all of the items on your list, then you have to set priorities. For example, whether you would prefer a smaller apartment in a central location rather than a larger one on the outskirts. Or whether you would forego an additional room for a large balcony.
Where to look?
The easiest way to search for a new apartment is online . Here you can best filter the search according to your own requirements and search criteria. You will see many offers at once and can respond quickly with an application.
But don’t underestimate other offline alternatives. If you limit your search to the online offerings, you could miss out on a good catch. On the real estate pages of daily newspapers you can find new apartments that are not offered online. Also, be sure to use your own network. Tell friends, acquaintances, work colleagues and family about your apartment search and ask everyone to keep their eyes and ears open. Someone always has a hot tip, a contact, or maybe even a new apartment for you.
Finally, you can also hire a broker. This means you have a professional at your side who knows the housing market very well, compares prices and offers, and can find what you are looking for faster and more specifically.
Caution : If you are looking for a new apartment on your own, check every advertisement carefully. If you are asked to pay an advance deposit for the viewing, transfer money abroad or similar demands on you for a fee, the offers are highly dubious.
Checklist: Selecting the property to own
- Type of use
- Layout and location
- Conservation status
- Tenant/owner composition
- Declaration of division
- Maintenance reserve
- Energy certificate
- Construction description for project developments
No matter how old the property is: If a property is shortlisted, the description of the property and its condition should be checked in particular. Anyone looking for a new apartment should also find out who the other owners or tenants are before buying. It is also worth taking a detailed look at the declaration of division with regard to special and shared property, as well as the resolutions of the owners’ meeting, for example regarding upcoming renovation work.
The maintenance reserve and the energy certificate should also be checked. In new construction projects, the building description is an important cornerstone. It shows what the property developer does and doesn’t do. There is often still scope for individual wishes – but these should be agreed upon in writing. Trust is good, control is better: checking the property developer with regard to its creditworthiness, reputation and the projects it has completed so far can protect against unpleasant surprises.
You have found a property that meets your expectations and budget, your application letter was convincing and you were invited into the apartment. Now comes the next step: the viewing.
Step 2: The apartment inspection
One more thing in advance: An application that is as detailed and personal as possible increases your chances of being invited. Address what the provider wants to know from you, answer all questions and tell something about yourself. If proof, documents and information are required, include everything you need with your application and finally bring the complete application folder with you to the viewing.
Several factors influence the viewing situation. Ultimately, it’s now a matter of taking a close look at the new apartment in all its details and at the same time convincing the landlord of yours.
We have some practical tips on how to master this balancing act:
- Visit the apartment in daylight. This gives you a good impression of the light and noise conditions that exist in the apartment during the day.
- Be prepared. Think about what you need to know to make your final decision and what information is not included in the apartment ad.
- Make a checklist. Based on your own priority list, you check the location, lighting conditions, parking options, room layout and the like.
- Get reinforcements. It’s best to take an unbiased person with you. So someone who shouldn’t move in. A neutral opinion can help you make a decision later. Nevertheless, everyone who will be moving in later should be present at the viewing.
- Take photos and videos. Even though the ad may already contain photos, your own images will help you compare multiple properties viewed. But ask for permission beforehand, especially if the new apartment is still occupied by the previous tenants at the time of the viewing.
- Take your time. Not unnecessarily long, of course, but long enough to check every important detail. So that you know the condition of the windows or can talk about the furniture at this first opportunity instead of asking about it later.
- Leave a good and confident impression. You can convince yourself by showing up for the viewing on time and well prepared. Show genuine interest and don’t be afraid to ask questions and address deficiencies.
- Be open. Most landlords want to get to know their tenants before making a decision. So feel free to reveal something personal about yourself.
- Always answer questions honestly. Especially if you have to fill out a self-disclosure form. Questions about income, employer, employment relationship, pets or your marital status are particularly important for the landlord and must be answered truthfully. However, you don’t have to reveal everything about yourself. You can reject invalid questions. For example, if you are asked about your criminal record, party affiliations, your membership in rental associations or unions, your wishes to have children or whether you are pregnant.
- Say goodbye to the landlord in person and let him know clearly whether you are still interested or not.
- A special case: If you move abroad and don’t yet have a perfect command of the local language, get support. For example, find a real estate agent who speaks your language, bring a friend or colleague who can translate, or be equipped with a dictionary.
- Both parties agree? Then it’s time to conclude the rental agreement.
Step 3: The rental agreement
Even if you’re really excited about your new apartment, don’t be too hasty about committing to a rental agreement. Scan the contract carefully. Are you perhaps being disadvantaged? Is all the information really correct?
To help you recognize the most important points more quickly and easily while reading, we have put together a checklist for you:
- Is the landlord’s information, such as his address and contact details, correct and complete?
- Are all rooms and ancillary rooms such as the basement and garage labeled precisely and correctly?
- Is the square meter information correct?
- Did the landlord specify the use of the garden, communal terraces, courtyard or parking facilities in the contract as discussed with you?
- Is the rent amount in the contract as discussed in advance?
- Is the rental deposit recorded?
- Are rent increases provided for in the contract? If so, was this discussed?
- Does the rent control apply to the new apartment? Do you know the rental price of the previous tenants to compare?
- Did you discuss a permanent or fixed-term contract and did the landlord stick to it in the contract?
- Does the contract contain an exclusion clause? Are you okay with that?
- How are the additional costs divided in the rental agreement?
- Is there a separate rental agreement for a garage or underground parking space that can be terminated independently of the apartment rental agreement?
- Can you also use your living space commercially?
- Can you sublet?
- Are you allowed to make structural changes?
- Is there the possibility of termination for personal use?
- Certain topics should be regulated in their own clauses. If one of the following points is missing but is important to you, talk to your landlord about it. Such points include, for example, keeping pets, the landlord’s right of access, garden maintenance, finding new tenants, winter service, repair work or cosmetic repairs.
If you have checked all the points and both sides have signed the contract – congratulations, then you are (almost) ready to move in.
Step 4: Handover of the new apartment
Before you lug in your moving boxes, design color concepts and plan your furnishings, it’s important to take one last close look. You do not have to correct any defects that you discover and address during handover yourself later.
Arrange a preliminary inspection and inform your landlord that you want to prepare a handover protocol. In this report it is best to document the condition of the apartment in writing and with photos. Discuss what needs to be repaired, improved, or replaced.
This protects you so that you do not have to repair existing defects yourself and so that the landlord cannot hold you responsible for them when you move out.
The landlord must hand over the apartment ready for occupancy by the time you move in, i.e. at the latest on the day of the contractually agreed start of the rental period. If this is not the case and additional costs arise as a result, you can demand these back from the landlord.
For example, there can no longer be anything in the apartment that you are not renting. Additionally, all repairs and renovations must be completed as previously discussed.
The actual handover now takes place. Arrange your own appointment for this, after the previous tenants have moved out, but before you move in. Now you have the last chance to check again whether you want to take over the apartment in this condition.
It’s best to check the apartment in daylight and go through every room. Don’t forget the basement, garden or attic. Check windows and doors, faucets and toilet flushing, as well as installed electrical appliances. Scan floors or carpets, walls, and built-in furniture for stains, holes, mold, discoloration, or scratches.
Finally, you should note the readings of electricity, water and gas meters in the handover protocol and state the number of keys for all doors.
All done? Then it’s time to move in.
Step 5: Moving into the new apartment – our checklist
The adventure of moving new apartment is not yet over. When you move into your new apartment, you will still have a few tasks to do. So that you don’t overlook or forget anything, it is advisable to create a plan in advance. You can use this as a guide later.
The checklist shouldn’t just say when movers and movers are scheduled, or when your new kitchen will be delivered, or what else you need to order and get.
Be sure to note all formalities. If you change your apartment, you must re-register. This can also be done by post if you think about it in time. Especially if you move abroad, you shouldn’t forget to deregister. You also have to report this if you move into a secondary apartment next to your main residence.
Also, take care of your telephone and internet connection in good time so that all connections are ready and can be used when you move in. It may be worth taking this opportunity to switch to a cheaper electricity supplier. Enter a forwarding order for your mail.
You should tackle this at least two months before move-in day:
- Create a cost plan. Collect all receipts and invoices that arise when moving.
- Determine the necessary transport capacities.
- Possibly apply for leave for the move. And if necessary, arrange a babysitter.
- Find and hire a moving company or ask friends and family for help in good time.
- Register, deregister or re-register via telephone and internet.
- Compare electricity and gas providers and switch or re-register accordingly.
- Do you have household contents insurance that would cover any damage that may arise when moving?
About three to two weeks before moving in, it’s time for:
- Organize moving boxes and all the necessary tools and painting equipment.
- Starting to move out means packing, clearing out, disposing of, repairing, painting and the like.
- Clean furniture and textiles and pack them safely for the move.
- Set up a forwarding order.
One week before moving in you can finally plan your new apartment:
- Create a layout plan so that all helpers know where which box and which piece of furniture is to be placed.
- Calculate wall and floor area so you can buy paint, wallpaper or new floor coverings. Paint and renovate before the furniture arrives.
- Make sure there is enough light in the new apartment. Install light bulbs or temporarily illuminate the empty spaces with work lights.
Then the day of the move came:
- You transport personal items yourself in your car.
- Cover the floors in the new apartment.
- Hang the layout plan in the new apartment and give instructions.
- Provide cleaning supplies and trash bags.
- Provide the movers with food and drinks.
- First place the furniture and then the boxes.
Welcome to the new apartment! Now all you have to do is unpack, set up and decorate.
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Step 6: Everything you need for a new apartment
How and with what you furnish your new apartment will of course depend on your taste, the current furnishings of each room and how you want to use the room.
Depending on whether you are renting a fitted kitchen, replacing the previous tenant, or setting up the kitchen yourself, you have more or less scope to let off steam.
If you are planning your dream kitchen yourself, be sure to get help from a professional. Interior experts know exactly how to plan kitchens cleverly so that they not only look great but are also practical. Discuss exactly what style you prefer, what appliances you need and how intensively you want to use the kitchen.
Even in the bathroom there is often little space for your own style. If the bathroom is already well-equipped, you can still add your own touch with decorations and accessories.
Bathroom textiles, pictures, cozy lighting and, above all, plants immediately make every bathroom more inviting and give you the opportunity to express your creativity. Also consider whether you have enough storage space. This can quickly become scarce in the bathroom. Then it’s worth investing in a chest of drawers, a shelf or a new mirror cabinet.
Is your bedroom just a bedroom, or does your wardrobe also have to fit here? Maybe it’s even your home office? If you spend a lot of time here, you should make yourself as comfortable as possible.
Develop a room concept in which you record the layout of the room. Compare living styles and get inspired. Think about a color concept for the walls, textiles, furniture and accessories.
In the end, you get a completely harmonious room that looks inviting and cozy.
Here you will receive guests and spend a lot of time with your family, partner or roommates. In short: the room should be presentable, but at the same time functional and a place of well-being for the residents of the new apartment.
So be aware of how you want to use the space and what priorities you want to set. Will the room be a home cinema with a sprawling couch and a large television in the center? Or would you rather place a large dining table here where you can enjoy many long, cozy dinners?
If you bring furniture from your last apartment, think about how you want to integrate it into the new apartment. Maybe new combination possibilities will arise. Especially when you combine your old favorite pieces with new treasures.
Get the kids involved when it comes to choosing the wall color, let them choose a carpet or a bed. You will have a lot of fun helping to create your own empire.
In any case, ensure there is plenty of storage space in the children’s room. Where there is play, there must also be plenty of space for toys. And it will be easier to keep at least some order if each item has its own designated place.
Garden, balcony or terrace
Especially if you move from an apartment without an outdoor area to one with a balcony, terrace or even garden, you will enjoy your newfound sunny spot.
Be sure to choose weatherproof, high-quality furniture that can be used for longer than one summer. Consider using privacy screens and don’t forget sun protection. Get atmospheric, but also weatherproof lighting.
How much money should you budget for?
As soon as you have got hold of the new apartment, i.e. you know how big it will be and how far it is from your old apartment, you can have the costs of the move calculated online using this data. Various providers and moving companies have their own online calculators that calculate how much the move will cost.
Depending on the size of the apartment and the length of the route you have to travel, the costs for such an undertaking can range between Aed 1,000 and up to Aed 15,000.
If you do everything yourself, you will of course save some costs, but you will have to invest a lot more time. Then there may be costs for rental cars and vans, for any repair work that you still need to do, for moving boxes and packaging, paint, tools and the like. Or for new purchases. In some cases, there is even a double financial burden if you have to pay the rent for your old and new apartment at the same time.
Changing your apartment with an apartment planner
New apartment, new look – whether you move to a new city, with a partner – or move into a larger apartment, you will experience a new beginning. Give your apartment a look that suits this new phase of your life and you.
This can be a lot of fun, exciting, but also overwhelming at times. That’s why we offer the TUKA Interior Design Service. Furnishing professionals are available to advise you, respond to your individual wishes, draw your attention to trends and ideas and prepare a concept for each individual room in your apartment.