Changing your address – things to remember

Changing your address – things to remember

There are so many things to organise when you’re moving home.  Whether you’re renting, or buying and selling; paperwork and the bureaucratic side of changing property can feel like one great big to do list!  But what about the personal side of changing address?  With a little help from Rightmove’s experts we’ve pulled together a short list to help make the process easier:

  1. Post: Over a few weeks (or a month if you have the time) write down the name of every company who you receive a piece of mail from.  Then contact each and notify them of your new address and when it will take effect.  Remember to let everyone on your Christmas card list know too!  If you’re afraid you’ve missed something, you can always set up mail redirection through the Post Office for a fee.  Action Fraud and the Royal Mail recommends that you redirect your mail for 12 months after moving.
  2. Phone and Broadband: From setting up your new energy supply to finding a movie to watch on your first night at your new home – you’ll thank yourself for remembering to set up internet well in advance of your move!  It can take days or even weeks to get connected with some suppliers, so don’t put it off!
  3. Insurance: Do you have your buildings and contents insurance planned?  Requirements vary across the country and depending on whether you’re renting or buying, so make sure you read up in advance and get prepared.
  4. TV license: If you pay for your TV licence annually, you just need to change your address with them and the contract will carry on as usual.  Remember that if you’re moving in with someone, you will only need one licence per household so one of you can cancel theirs altogether.
  5. Gas & Electric: Remember to write down your meter readings and let your energy supplier know you’ll be moving at least 2 days before you leave.  Make sure you take the new meter readings when you move in as well.
  6. Banks: Inform your bank and any credit and store cards of your new address as soon as possible, to make sure all of your communications are coming through to the right property and that you have the correct billing address set up.
  7. Council Tax: Get in touch with your local council as soon as you know your moving date.  If you’re moving area, contact your new council as well.  Council Tax differs in amount per area, per property type and even by the amount of people in the property.
  8. Voting: Make sure you’re registered to your new address on the Electoral Roll, or you’ll miss out on your chance to vote.