Moving in the UK: Change of Address Checklist
Moving is not a simple task. From sorting your clothes and finding removal boxes to paying the final set of utility bills at your current place, there are just so many things you have to do! You will also probably find that as your to-do list gets longer, the more anxious and overwhelmed you’re going to get.
Because of how overwhelming and anxiety-inducing a house move can be, it is not at all a surprise that people tend to forget about some of the tasks that need to be done. To help with this, WhatStorage has come up with a Moving House Checklist to help you stay on top of everything about your move.
On your moving checklist, you will find that you will have to notify the necessary people and companies about your address change. However, this task is easier said than done. After all, there is quite a long list of people who will have to be notified of your move.
To make this easy for you, we’ve come up with a guide on who you should notify about your big move!
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Friends and Family
You may opt to tell them personally, but sending a mass email can save a lot of time. You can download Change of Address Card templates from different websites on the internet. Just copy and paste the email addresses on the “To:” section of your email and send the card out. This way, gifts and packages won’t get delayed or sent to the wrong address!
Setting up a postal redirect in person or online ensures that your mail moves with you. It costs £33.99 per person, and although it’s not free, it’s a good back-up plan if you missed notifying an important person or organisation about your move.
Banking and Loan
It’s essential to prioritise updating your billing address as you don’t want sensitive documents falling into the wrong hands. It will also be best to update your bank details as close to your moving date as possible. You can do this by logging into your online bank account or visiting your local branch.
If you’re on a private pension plan, contact your pension provider. If you are a recipient of state pension, go to the official government website and contact the Pension Service to inform them of your new address.
Also, make sure to update your loan providers and credit card companies to make sure you get your billing statements on time.
Once you’ve transferred to a new place, your home insurance will be recalculated. It’s essential to inform your home insurance provider by updating your online account or by calling them. They will then recalculate your insurance rates based on factors like your new house’s size and location.
A £1,000 fine sounds awful, we know. That’s why you need to inform DVLA on your change of address. Driving license records can be updated either through post or through the DVLA website, free of charge. Your updated license will then be sent in around two to four weeks, but if you applied online, you could receive it within one week.
You’d also need to change your address on your vehicle’s logbook or V5C for your vehicle tax. Make sure to do this, or your vehicle tax reminder letter (V11) and any vehicle tax refunds might continue to go to your old address.
If your vehicle needs taxing in the next four weeks, tax your car online before sending your V5C to DVLA.
As for your car insurance, you can update your change of address through your insurance provider’s website. You can also give them a call and update them. If you have a separate vehicle breakdown cover, inform them as well. They might have to adjust rates depending on the distance of your new home.
Depending on how far your new home is, you can either find new doctors or stick to your current healthcare providers. For the latter, don’t forget to update the NHS about your new address–you’d surely want to keep sensitive health information private. You should also notify the private clinics that you go to, and if you have a pet, make sure to contact the veterinarian.
Before travelling out of the country, make sure to update your EHIC card details or any other travel insurance providers.
Employment and Tax
To avoid complications in paying you your wages or sending you payslips, you need to update your employer as well. It’s also a way to let them know in advance about your moving day.
HM Revenue and Customs need to be informed so they can update your records. This is for your income tax, national insurance, tax credits, government benefits, and pension services. Just sign in using Government Gateway and put in your new address through the official UK Government Website.
It’s essential to keep your names on the electoral roll to maintain your voting rights in the next election. Make sure to submit a new registration with your new address.
Mobile Phone, Internet, and TV
If you still want a landline at your new house, you can inform your current phone company since you may be able to keep the same number. But if you’re looking for better packages, it’s common for movers to get new service providers.
Are you looking for better TV and broadband deals? This is your best chance to switch! But if you’re satisfied with your current service provider, you can ask them to transfer your service line to your new address at the most convenient time.
As for your TV license, changing your address can be done through the TV licensing website. It’s free and can be done three months before your move.
Utilities and Other Subscriptions
While finding new supply service providers for your new house, don’t forget to prepare for closing your final bill for your previous home. We recommend you give your old energy supplier at least a two-day prior notice before the move date.
Lastly, these are some of the most common subscriptions that you’ll need to notify about your change of address:
- 1. E-commerce sites like Amazon
- 2. Streaming services like Netflix
- 3. Gym or sports club
- 4. Magazine subscriptions
- 5. Cleaning service
Changing addresses can be stressful and can take a lot of time. We in WhatStorage want to make your move more manageable. Through our website, finding a removal company is just a few clicks away!