Are you moving? Let these people know!
Moving house is a big step, and there are many things to consider on this journey. You may have thought about the logistics of moving, got everything packed up, and even got your moving van ready. But an important thing to remember is that you need to notify certain people and businesses of your change of address! Here’s a run-down of some crucial people to inform of your move.
Probably the most obvious – your landlord! If you’re moving out of a rented property you may be subject to a contract, so be sure to give the correct notice period to allow your landlord to replace you with a new tenant. Also, don’t forget to leave the property in a suitable state of cleanliness to prevent any deposit disputes.
Secondly, your bank! It’s super important that they know of any changes to your residence, so this should be at the top of your list. When it comes to paying bills and making online purchases, be sure to select your new property as your billing address. This also extends to your credit and debit cards, which may need to be modified with your new address, so check if that is necessary! Also, don’t forget to notify HMRC, plus your driver’s license and vehicle registration.
On the topic of bills, your internet and broadband provider is an important thing to consider when moving. If you’re on a fixed contract in your current property, this is something you need to think about because cancelling your monthly payments may incur high charges. If possible, see if you are able to continue your contract in the new property or get your plan modified. Don’t forget about your telephone provider, too!
If you’re moving to a new area, it is important that you also inform your local council of the move. You will be able to register for your electoral vote in your new area, so don’t miss that as come polling day you’ll definitely want to be registered in the correct area! If you’re attending a college or university, or your children are in school, it is also very important to notify these institutions of the change of address. Likewise, your current employer should be made aware of these changes, as it will affect your documentation, too!
A handy tip to know is that you can arrange your mail to be forwarded to the new address. This can be done at the post office counter or via phone or email, and avoids you having to contact the new owners about your mail. Any magazine or newspaper subscriptions will need to be modified too as they will continue to go to your old address.
Finally, don’t forget about things like solicitors, finance and insurance companies, as these will definitely need to know about your change of address. If it’s helpful, creating a checklist could be a good way to ensure that you haven’t forgotten about anyone – you can find one in our Seller & Buyer’s Guide to Property!