You’ve got the boxes, the packing tape and the moving date is on the horizon but there are a few more jobs to add to that to-do list. Moving house is a fun-filled agenda of form filling, box packing and sorting everything you’ve collected over the years. This moving home guide features a list to get your teeth into, to ensure you’re really ready for that move.
What to do when moving house – The checklist
- Redirect your post
- Let your energy suppliers know
- Sort out your home insurance
- Notify your bank
- Give your employer your new address
- Update your address with your car insurance provider
- Change your address on your driving licence and V5
- Book a storage unit if you’re redecorating or can’t move in straight away
- Notify the TV licence company
- Move your TV and broadband
- Make a list of all the companies you need to notify
- Amend your address for child benefit letters
- Take meter readings the day you move out
- Find out where the best local takeaway is
1. Get your post redirected
You don’t want to miss any important letters when moving house, so use the Royal Mail’s post redirect service. There is a fee for this service but it means all your mail gets sent to your new address from the date of your move – so no awkward conversations with the new owners or tenants if you need to pick up your post. Bear in mind that you can only set this service up six months before your moving date and up to six months after.
2. Contact your energy suppliers
Your gas, electric and water suppliers need to know if you’re moving house, try and let them know about your moving date at least 48 hours before the moving date. This means they have time to send you a final bill that you can review and pay. Once they issue that final bill, you’ll have 28 days to pay.
3. Ensure you’re covered
It’s a good idea to speak to your home insurance provider and ensure your belongings are covered during the move and that your policy is applied to your new address from the moving date. It’s not worth risking this job – if something should happen to your belongings while travelling to your new home or on the day you move in and your policy doesn’t cover it this could put a real dampener on what should be an exciting day.
4. Let your bank know about the move
It’s important your bank has the right address for you. This means you won’t miss any important future mail and there’s no risk of it falling into the wrong hands after you’ve moved out. Some banks allow you to do this online, through your online banking portal but you could also give them a quick call.
5. Ensure your employer has your new address
Let your HR department know of your new address so they can update their records and use the correct address for you on your wage slip.
6. Update your address with your car insurer
It’s really important your car insurance provider has the most up to date address for you on your policy. If you don’t have the right address on your documents then your insurer may not pay out if you need to make a claim. Your address also impacts how much you pay, as areas with higher crime rates or where you leave your car overnight, for example, can increase or decrease the price.
7. Amend your address on your V5 and driving licence
You can do this for free when moving house. To update your V5, it’s simply a case of filling in the new address section on your V5 document and sending this off to the DVLA. If you don’t update your V5, you could be charged a fine of up to £1,000 – so it’s definitely worth the price of a second class stamp.
To change the address on your driving licence you can either do this by sending off a paper form that can be picked up from the Post Office or completing a form online. Ensure this is done by the moving date and that you have some other form of I.D available if you’re fresh-faced and out at the pub on a Friday evening.
8. Book a storage unit
Storage units are a great idea if you need some space to house your belongings during a home move. Maybe the place you’re moving into needs some real fixing up before you want to bring your stuff in or perhaps your move out and the date you get your new keys don’t quite match. Whatever your reason, instead of squeezing your worldly possessions into your parent’s garage pop them in a storage unit and book ahead if you can to get the best rate. Get a quote from us today for a storage unit.
9. Let the TV Licence company know
Ensure your first TV show binge in your new home is covered by changing the address on your TV licence before you move. Give them a call or update your details online. Remember, you could be handed a fine if you fail to apply for a TV licence at your address when watching live TV or on-demand services.
10. Have your TV and broadband moved to your new address
It’s likely you’ll want to stay with the same digital TV and broadband provider. It’s a good idea to check first that they supply to your new address – some who use fibre cables are unable to offer their services to certain streets or flats above ground floor – then give them a call to discuss what they can do. Different providers have different procedures and options, so it’s best to speak to yours directly.
11. Note down everyone else you need to notify
You’ve got the main companies and people covered but it’s also worth making an additional list of everyone else who needs to be notified of your new address and either contact them by phone or send them a letter of notification. Your private pension, Clubcard membership providers and even your gym need to know about your new address so they can keep in contact.
12. Change the address for child benefit
It’s important you amend the address your child benefit letters are sent to. Children, by law, must receive this from birth and schools will not provide a place without this letter – so you definitely need to provide the right address before the registration deadline.
13. Take meter readings
It’s a good idea before you lock up the property to stop and take some last minute meter readings – snapping a picture on your phone also captures the time and date they were taken. If your energy suppliers wanted a final reading before generating a bill, this means they have accurate ones to work from and you can also challenge them if they chase you for payment for any charges after your move out date.
14. Choose a takeaway close by
You’re going to be famished after a long day of moving – look around for a good looking takeaway close by and plan your meal for the first night in your new home!
All of these things can be done before you hand your keys over, all you need to do is confirm the move out date and ensure the people you’re contacting amend their records from this time. Do it in advance and you’ll have a lot less to worry about when it comes to actually moving house and getting settled.
Now you know what to do when moving house, it’s time to get started. Tick these jobs off as you go and be prepared for that big day!