Congratulations, you’re moving house, it is such an exciting time, but preparation is key too lessening the stress of moving house.  A big part of the pressure is the sheer multitude of things you have to do before moving day. One of our top tips is to create a list of who you need to tell. But who exactly should you tell about your move?

Creating your list of who you need to notify before you start packing will make things easier. Changing address may seem like an obvious task, but it can get really confusing and it’s very easy to overlook details. From friends and family to utility providers, GP, subscriptions and more!

Change of address checklist when moving house

We have created a list below to help you get started.

Royal Mail

When you move you can redirect your mail, just in case you do forget to notify someone! You can redirect your mail for 3, 6 or 12 months, this will give you some peace of mind and potentially help to protect your identity.

Setup Royal Mail Redirection

Utility Providers

This is a critical one for your list, don’t leave this one until the last moment. It can take them a few days to process the change and you should check if you will be charged a free to end your account early or if you can move your current deal to your new property.

Before you move you should take final water, gas and electricity meter reading and notify your supplier. You will also need to take readings when you arrive at your new home.

You will need to notify:

Gas, Electricity, Telephone, water, Internet, mobile provider

TV Licence

You can update your TV Licence details online. Your TV Licence will not be valid unless you update your address and you can do this up to 3 months in advance.

Update TV Licence

Schools & Colleges

If you have children at school or college you should update your contact details as soon as possible.

Work Related

Employer – your employer will need to update your contact information in case of emergency and for payroll.

HMRC – you can update the HMRC details online, this is especially important if you submit a self-assessment or other return.

Update HMRC

Car / Vehicle

You will need to tell the DVLA that you have changed address, this is so that your driving licence, vehicle log book and tax are up to date, you can do this through their website. You should also update your car insurance and any breakdown cover.

Update DVLA

Financial

Banks/Credit cards/loan companies – you should update your details with your bank as you get close to your set date. Banks use your place of residence to prove your identity, if you forget to inform them you could be at greater risk of identity theft.

Pension if you receive or have any pension plans you should make sure that your information is up to date. If you receive a government pension you can visit the Government pension page to update your details.

Update Government Pension Service

Insurance Providers

You should notify all your insurance providers. Check with your contents insurance provider what is and is not insured during your move, you may be able to get additional insurance from them or through us for your removal.

Contact any insurance companies including:

  • Car insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Home insurance
  • Travel
  • Mobile, device or appliance insurance
  • Pet insurance
Update Government Pension Service

Health Services

As soon as you have moved you should notify your GP. If you have moved area you should register with your local GP.

Get in touch with any specialists such as dentists and opticians. If you have pets you should also notify your vet and if necessary register with a new practice.

Find a GP

Leisure & Other

This will be different for everyone, but below are some other organisations you may need to notify.

  • Any subscription services for deliveries such as food boxes, magazines etc
  • Pets microchip database
  • Clubs, sports teams, gyms
  • Charities or organisations you are a member of or support
  • Store loyalty cards
  • Online shopping or membership accounts

Friends & Family

Last but definitely not least, friends and family!

While this is quite a comprehensive checklist, it is just a guide and your individual list may be very different.

We’d like to wish you all the best and happy times in your new home! If you’d like to find out how we can help make your move as stress-free as possible please get in touch.

On moving day it’s quite handy to have a checklist of contact details etc handy, download our moving notifications checklist from our Moving Tips page.