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Who to tell you are moving home

Nov 21. 2014

Moving home leaves you with so much to think about, it is understandable there might be things you forget to do before moving day arrives. So to make things a little easier, we have compiled a list of all the important people you need to tell your change of address to before you move house!

1) Utilities
You may decide to take you old provider with you, or you may decide to use this as an opportunity change supplies to reduce the size of your bills. Either way you should contact your supplier at least 2 days before you move, therefore they know the necessary changes that need to be made for your bill.

2) Water Suppliers
Before you move into your new home, find out who your water and sewerage supplier is for your current home; contact them to settle your existing bill and inform them of your move to prevent further charges. Then you should determine who your new provider will be, although this is just for your own information as unlike utility bills you have no control over your water supplier.

3) The Post Office
You need to remember to contact the post office to get your post forwarded to your new address for a small fee. You can download an online form from the post office website, fill it in and take it to the post office. However, it is important to do this at least two weeks in advance of your move as it can take 10 days to set up.

4) The Bank
Make your bank aware of your change of address and you may decide upon transferring your account to a branch closer to your new home depending on its location. Don’t forget any items your bank may be holding for you for safe-keeping. You may also have other financial service providers you need to make away of your new home address such as companies you have credit cards with.

5) Providers
For your landline and broadband, contact your suppliers and let them know your moving date. Moving home is also your chance to haggle your existing tariff compare quotes for both TV and broadband to help you find a better deal and save money. You also need to make your mobile phone provider aware of your change of address too.

6) Electoral Register
This is updated every month and you should be included on it to remain eligible to vote. You can do this by completing a form online from Electoral Commission’s about my vote website, or downloading it here and sending it to the Electoral Registration Office which is based at your local council.

7) Home Insurers
Notify your buildings and contents insurance company that you are moving house, additionally check that your current policy covers your possessions during the move, otherwise you may need to take out additional insurance. Find out if your change of address means a change in premium and ensure you have adequate buildings cover on your new home.

8) Car Insurance Providers
You will need to inform your car insurance company that you have a new address due to the fact your premium is likely to change with your new postcode and if there is any changes to your parking arrangements. Failure to alert your car insurance may make your insurance invalid if something were to happen. Amendments to your existing policy may cost money so remember to be savvy and shop around for the best deals.

You will need to update the DVLA so they can update your driving licence and your Vehicle Registration Documentation. It is essential you don’t leave this to the last minute as failure to inform the DVLA of a change of address within a reasonable time period can result in an £1,000 fine!

10) Friends and Family
These may be the most important people on the list, if not only for practical reasons telling your loved ones your new address means you don’t have to worry about keeping in contact with them and also meaning they have no excuse not to visit you! The internet is an amazing tool, so it may be as simple as sending an email or you can find a good range of “change of address” e-cards online.

If you are moving home in the UK and need a professional removals company to help with any of your removals or storage needs, please contact Burke Bros Moving Group on 01902 714555.

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