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Who to Tell When You Move Home (With Free Checklist)

Updated: Apr 19

Moving house is exciting, but the whirlwind of packing and paperwork can be overwhelming. One detail that's easy to forget is changing your address.  Don't worry – this handy checklist will ensure you notify the right people and organisations, preventing missed bills, lost mail, and headaches after moving day.  Let's make this part of your move a breeze!

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The Essentials 

Changing your address with certain services is absolutely vital, and getting the timing right can save hassle later. Here's where to start:

  • Royal Mail Redirect: This temporary service forwards mail addressed to your old home straight to your new one. It's a safety net, catching bills or important info you might have forgotten to update. Set this up at least a week before moving day to allow for processing. Fees vary based on how long you need the service, and international forwarding is also available.

  • Utility Providers (Gas, Water, Electricity): Don't risk getting billed for a house you don't live in anymore! Take your final meter readings, then notify your providers about a month in advance of the move, giving them your new address and move-out date.  This is also a perfect moment to compare suppliers –  you could save money by switching.

  • DVLA (Vehicle Documents):  It's easy to update your driving licence, log book, insurance, and vehicle tax records online through the GOV.UK website. You can also send forms via the Post Office. Do this as soon as you know your moving date – new documents typically arrive within 3 weeks. Remember, premiums may change based on your new postcode.

  • Insurance Providers: Don't forget to contact all of them! That includes home/contents, car, health, life, pet, travel, and any specialist insurance you have. Premiums can be location-dependent, so your costs may shift after the move.

Key Points:

  • Protect yourself: Use mail forwarding for a while to reduce risks.

  • Save money: Changing your address gives you a chance to compare utility and insurance rates.

  • Avoid delays: Many of these changes take time to process, so start early.

Maintaining Financial & Government Services

Keeping your finances and government records up-to-date ensures you continue to receive important documents, get paid correctly, and avoid any issues with payments or benefits.

Here's who to focus on:

  • Employer: Update your address on their system to ensure your payslips, pension contributions, and any tax-related documents reach you at your new home.

  • Bank & Credit Cards: Let your bank or credit card companies know your new address. This way, statements, new cards, and other communications arrive without delay. This might also be a good time to review your accounts and streamline your financial setup.

  • HMRC (Taxes) & Department of Work and Pensions (Benefits):  Notifying these agencies is crucial, especially if you receive any benefits or tax credits. Failing to update your address could lead to payment delays or issues.

  • Electoral Roll:  Staying registered on the electoral roll safeguards your right to vote in local and national elections.  Plus, it can give your credit score a little boost as lenders use it to verify your information.

  • Council Tax Notify both your old local council of your move-out date, and your new one when you move in. This ensures you pay the correct council tax and avoid issues with billing.

Key Points:

  • Stay on top of finances: Ensure your income and bill payments aren't disrupted.

  • Protect your rights: Maintain voting eligibility and receive any benefits you're entitled to.

  • Be a responsible resident: Pay council tax to your new local authority.

Healthcare, Education, & Community

Maintaining continuity in your healthcare access and keeping schools informed is essential  for a smooth transition – especially if you have children. Here's who to contact:

  • GP, Dentist, Optician: Update your records with each healthcare provider. If your new home is too far from your current ones, you may need to find new doctors and dental practices and register with them.

  • Vet: If you have furry family members, inform your vet of your change of address. This becomes vital in case of any emergencies or if your pet's microchip details need updating.

  • Schools & Universities:  Notify your child's school or any higher education institution of your move.  This allows for a smooth transition and for them to update their records accordingly.

  • Clubs, Subscriptions, Memberships:   Ensure you continue to receive magazines, enjoy services, and stay connected to the communities you're part of by updating your address with clubs, gyms, societies, or any subscription-based groups you belong to.

Key Points

  • Prioritise health: Don't neglect informing healthcare providers, especially if moving a significant distance.

  • Education matters: Ensure a seamless transfer for your child or your own academic career.

  • Stay connected: Maintain activities and subscriptions that are important to you.

The Often Overlooked (But Still Important)

It's easy to forget to update some service providers when you're focused on the bigger aspects of a move. Here's a reminder of those that can slip through the cracks:

  • Phone & Broadband Providers: Contact your current providers regarding moving your service. Many offer this, but check for potential early termination fees if you're still in contract. If your new area isn't serviced by your current provider, factor in any setup costs of switching to a new one.

  • TV Licence: Letting TV Licensing know your new address and moving date ensures you're legally covered to watch television without interruption.

  • Household Service Providers: If you use a gardener, window cleaner, babysitter, or any regular home-based service, give them your new address and confirm any scheduling changes in advance.

  • Accountant, Solicitor, Tenants (if landlord): Keep professional and legal records updated.  If you rent out a property, ensure your tenants have your new contact information for any maintenance issues.

  • Your Own Business (if applicable):  If you run a business, update your registered address and inform clients to avoid confusion or misdirected communications.

Key Points:

  • Avoid service gaps: Ensure continued access to phone, internet, and TV.

  • Maintain professional ties: Keep communication channels open with accountants, solicitors, etc.

  • Streamline business operations: Protect your business reputation with updated contact details.

Don't Forget...

  • Friends & Family:  While obvious, it's worth including!  Send out a group email, text, or let people know individually about your new address.  Think of anyone who would typically send you physical mail.

  • Yourself!  This is about services unique to your household. Do you have magazine subscriptions, niche memberships, or unusual online orders?  Make sure those providers have your updated information.

Key Points:

  • Stay social: Maintain connections with your loved ones.

  • Personalised needs: Think about any subscriptions or services specific to your lifestyle.

This checklist is your guide to a smoother address-changing process. By staying organised and tackling these updates, you'll limit headaches and ensure everything from bills to birthday cards arrives at your new home.  

Now that the paperwork side is sorted, let's get those boxes moving! If you're moving within London, make the process even easier by contacting Denix Moving.  

Our award-winning service, great prices, and local expertise will take the stress out of your relocation, whether you need removal services, storage solutions, or both.

Get a free quote today or book online quickly and experience a stress-free West London move with Denix Moving.

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