Moving House Checklist For Changing Address: Who To Tell When You Move House
Dec 19, 2018

Moving House Checklist For Changing Address: Who To Tell When You Move House

Who do I need to tell if I move house? GoodMove shares its definitive Moving House Checklist for changing address.

Simply tick each off as you go to ensure you don’t run up bills or miss out on vital post in the first week of moving into your new home.

There’s so much to do when moving house, from packing up and labelling boxes to deciding which removals company to hire.

Too often people get the essentials right but forget one vital aspect of moving house: letting people know!

As a result they incur costly bills from utility providers or subscriptions services they failed to cancel, or fail to receive vital correspondence in the post.

There are a huge number of people, organisations and companies who need to be made aware of your change of address.

That’s why we’ve put together this definitive Moving House Checklist for changing address to ensure nothing gets left off:

Moving House ChecklistUtilities and service providers

Bills, bills bills. Hardly the most exciting of topics you’ll come across when moving house but without doubt the most vital on your Moving House Checklist.

There’s nothing worse than moving into a new place and find you’re still running up bills elsewhere.

Cancel your existing ones and set up new ones at your new residence:

  • Water
  • Gas (British Gas, EDF)
  • Electricity providers (SSE, E.ON, ScottishPower)
  • Landline and mobile phones (O2, EE, Vodaphone, etc)
  • Internet providers
  • TV licencing and satellite subscriptions (BT, Sky, Virgin Media, etc)

Another important one to remember is to redirect your mail with the Post Office. Royal Mail provides a paid for mail redirection service which will ensure you don’t miss any important documents and your personal details don’t fall into the wrong hands.

Personal finances

There are an endless number of personal finances to choose from but the most common to be aware of are:

  • Your banking provider or building society
  • Credit card companies
  • Your employer
  • Pensions company
  • Insurance companies (contents house, pet, etc)

Government finances

HMRC will be your main point of call when ticking government finances off your Moving House Checklist. As part of your planning you should consult:

  • Your local council (if changing) about paying council tax and ensure you let your old one know too
  • The Inland Revenue
  • The National Insurance Office
  • The Electoral Register to ensure you are eligible to vote in general and local elections

You will also need to inform HMRC of your change of address to continue to be eligible to claim certain benefits, such as Child benefit.



Health providers

If you are moving to a new area register with a new doctor and make arrangements to continue to receive any prescriptions right away.

Find your nearest GP practice online and register in plenty of time, informing your old practice so they can transfer your medical records.

Other health providers you will need to tick off your Moving House Checklist include:

  • Dentist
  • Opticians
  • Vets if you have any pets
  • Additional healthcare providers for any other treatment, including physiotherapists, counsellors, midwives

Motoring

Moving House ChecklistYou will need to contact the DVLA to update your licence. You will also need to change your address on your vehicle log book.

Contact your car insurer to update your policy, this is particularly important if your circumstances have changed, such as you now have a driveway.

You may also need to contact your breakdown cover provider, such as the AA, RAC or Green Flag.
Schools

Make arrangements for your child’s school in plenty of time, ensuring both their old school and new school know your circumstances.

This way you can ensure a smooth transition and minimise disruption to your child’s schooling.

Other miscellaneous

There are several other services or subscriptions that you will need to include as part of your Moving House Checklist for changing address. Some of these will just carry over but its worth checking beforehand.

These might include but are not limited to:

  • Magazine and TV subscriptions
  • Gym/sports clubs
  • Cleaning services
  • Milkman
  • Library

And last but certainly not least, friends and family! You wouldn’t want to miss out on Granny’s cheesey Christmas card now would you?

Enjoying this article? Why not read our top tips on moving over Christmas?

When do I tell people I’m moving house?

This will very much depend on the type of service being provided but its good practice to update your details at least a month beforehand.

If this is too early for some organisations/companies you can atleast find out when you need to let them know by.

Make a note of useful names and numbers as you work your way down the Moving House Checklist. That way if you need to go back you can pick up where you left off!

Next steps

Need help moving your household belongings?

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We offer House Removals and full or part load International Removal solutions from our offices near Colchester, Essex.

As part of our service we can advice and help you with all aspects of your move, from using quality packing materials to arranging key documentation for export. We also offer storage services at competitive prices.

To find out more about any of our services or to make an enquiry call us today, or fill in a quick quote form.

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Author
Sean Delaney

Sean Delaney is a creative copywriter with his finger on the pulse for all the latest happenings in the removals industry. He authors in-depth guides and blog content on selling your house, packing, moving and all the legal and insurance jargon in between. In addition to writing for GoodMove, he also provides editorial and copywriting services for a range of clients across the legal and recruitment sectors.

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