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Change Of Address
You’ve made the decision to move house. Now it’s time to let everyone know! But who exactly should you tell about your move? When we think about informing people about our impending change of address, the first thing that probably comes to mind is our group of immediate friends and family. However, there are so many more people who need to know. This checklist will detail all the people you need to tell and help you keep track of it all.
Change of address checklist
When you move house, you’ll need to inform many people about your change of address. This ranges from your family to your employer, and from your children’s schools to your bank. Below is a change of address checklist, with the list of people broken up into different categories for easier sorting.
Let your friends know that you’ll be moving house so that they know what’s new in your life! Especially if you’re moving far away, your friends deserve to know that you’re relocating to a new home.
Letting your family know is something we all know to do. Even though it’s quite an obvious addition to this list, it never hurts to be thorough!
Your employer should know of your impending move because they’ll need to update your contact information. Also, your company will need to know your new address for your payroll.
Inform HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about your change of address through this site. Updating your address will affect your information of Income Tax, National Insurance, State Pension, tax credits, and Child Benefits.
- National Insurance
You’ll need your National Insurance (NI) number to be up to date since the DVLA, HMRC, and your company uses it to identify you. You’ll need your NI number ready to make the change.
- Council Tax
Visit your corresponding council website for specific information on notifying local authorities about your change of address. On the other side of this, don’t forget to apply for council tax in your new area after you’ve moved as well!
- Electoral Roll
Re-register on the electoral roll of your new area. Go to the Register To Vote government website to go through the process and update your address.
- Department of Work and Pensions
If you receive money from the government, you will have to inform them of your new address as well. You can make the change either online or by the phone—information can be found here.
- TV Licence
Be sure to update your information on the TV Licensing site. When you move to your new house, your TV licence will no longer valid unless you do so. You can complete the change up to 3 months in advance.
Let your phone company know that you’ll be moving and they’ll give you a new phone number. For your mobile phone, update your contact details so the company can send the bill to the right place.
Inform your internet company about your new address. Keep in mind that this could be a good time to look for a better deal, either with your current company or with others.
Allow enough time to update your information with your electricity provider since it could take a few days to go through. Be aware that some companies charge a fee to end your account early or move the deal to your new property.
Similar to your electricity, you need to inform the company well in advance to your moving day. On the actual day, take a reading of your gas and electricity meter so that you can make sure that you won’t be overcharged. Also, this is the perfect opportunity to shop around for a better deal!
You should let your water provider know the exact date that you’ll be moving to ensure that you won’t be using water once you’ve moved.
If your children will continue to attend their current schools, you’ll need to inform them of your move. This is so that they can update your contact information in their systems. In order to make moving with kids easy and stress-free, you’ll need to keep their schools up to date as well.
In order to send you the necessary correspondences and tuition fees, universities need to know your address. If you or your family members will continue to attend these universities, update your change of address sooner rather than later.
Medical / Healthcare
Once you move, you might have to start seeing new healthcare professionals. Because of this, your old doctor will need to pass on your medical and prescription information to your new one. These are some of the medical professionals you need to inform:
You need to tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) that you’ve changed address. This is so that your driving licence, vehicle log book, and vehicle tax are up to date. You can do so through their website.
- Vehicle Insurance
In order to keep your insurance valid, you’ll need to give your provider your new address as well. This is so that insurance payments are sent to the right place as well as an up to date contact in case of accidents. For most companies, you can make the change online or by phone.
- Other Insurance
Unfortunately, most companies take into account your postcode in determining your premium and insurance costs. However, this depends on the type of insurance policy. You’ll need to contact each of your insurance providers and let them know of your impending move.
- Health Insurance
- Home Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Travel Insurance
- Pet Insurance
Inform your bank about your move as close to your set date as you can. This is important because banks use your place of residence to prove your identity—if you forget to inform them, you could be at risk of identity theft.
If you receive a pension, make sure to update your information, regardless of whether you receive it from a private company or the government. The government pension page is here.
- Loan Companies
Any companies that you have taken loans out with will need to know about your new address. Contact them via phone or email to make the change.
- Credit / Debit Card Companies
Your credit and debit card companies will also need to know about your change of address. Not only is this for payments, but because often these companies use your address to help confirm your identity.
- Recreational Facilities / Clubs
If you’re moving further away, you’ll need to cancel any subscriptions to facilities or clubs. Either make a quick call or do so in person when you make your last visit. These include:
- Societies & Associations
- Other Subscriptions
Any postal subscriptions you have will also need to be either cancelled or updated. This include:
- Newspaper & Magazines
- Item Subscriptions
- Home Related Services
As long as you don’t move too far away, you should be able to keep hiring the services you currently use. Just inform them of your new place. However, if you’re moving further away, let them know that you’ll be cancelling their services. Some services that you might be using are:
- Home Maintenance
Even though you might have done everything you could to make sure all mail will arrive at your new place, sometimes things fall through the cracks. To avoid this and to ensure that you receive all pieces of mail, redirect your post. This means that any mail sent to your old address will automatically be redirected to your new place. You can set this temporary solution up to 3 months in advance.
Ready to make your move?
With this handy checklist, you now know who you should inform about your upcoming change of address. You’ll have a much easier time going through each section and making sure you don’t miss anyone. And once you know all the people and groups to contact, you’ll need to contact one more: a moving company to help you. Our site makes it incredibly simple to reach out to multiple companies at once. It saves you time, money, and most importantly, a lot of hassle!