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Moving house is a stressful ordeal in any case. Between sorting out mortgages, changing kids schools, and transporting all your things to your new digs, it’s all too easy for changing your address to slip off your radar.
While it might not seem like your top priority in the thick of the move, changing addresses is an important detail. It’s not just friends, family and employers who need to know about your move; it’s important that the local authorities, as well as your bank, car, and insurance providers are kept in the loop. In fact, the list of companies and organisations you need to change your address might be longer than you think.
To help you lighten the load, read on for our complete checklist of addresses to change when moving home.
There’s nothing worse than moving house and wondering where all your mail is; or getting excited for your food box to arrive — only to realise it got sent to your previous residence (much to the annoyance of the new owners).
Inconvenience aside, there are more serious implications of not being vigilant about changing your address. Local authorities and banks need to know your location for tax reasons, and education institutions — as well as healthcare providers — need to be able to quickly pass on vital or time-sensitive information. Failing to alert certain providers or authorities of your change of address can even result in hefty fines (which is the last thing anyone needs when moving house).
Below, you’ll find a house selling checklist complete with all the addresses you need to change when moving house.
- TV licensing company
- Broadband provider
- Phone company
- Water supplier
- Electricity provider
- Gas provider
- Electricity provider
- Cable TV/satellite
- Electoral roll
- Council tax
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Specialists (opticians, dentist etc.)
- Health insurance provider
- Credit card provider
- Investment funds
- Premium bonds
- Equity loan provider
- Loyalty/rewards cards
- Inland Revenue
- National Insurance
- Company pension fund
- Professional associations and networks
- Car insurance provider
- Car company (if leasing)
- Car breakdown cover
- Children’s schools
- Other educational institutions (including online courses)
- School and leisure clubs
- Educational associations and networks
- Student loans company
- Friends and family
- Emergency contacts
- Subscriptions (food boxes, magazine/product subscriptions etc.)
- Gym and other club memberships
- Home insurance
- Mobile phone insurance
- Pet insurance
- Life insurance
- Charities you support
- Regular shopping sites (e.g. Amazon account)
Updating your address can be long and tiring, especially if you’ve been living at your previous home for many years. But it’s extremely important to ensure you haven’t missed anything out.
Aside from calling, emailing, and updating your accounts online; there are a few shortcuts you can take to make sure your bases are covered.
With important documents like payslips, mortgage statements, bills and medical information arriving in the mail, making sure you have your post redirected will prevent your personal details falling into the wrong hands — or even becoming a victim of fraud.
Wondering how to redirect post royal mail? With the Royal Mail’s redirection service, you can simplify the process. With prices starting from £33.99, the service allows you to redirect your mail to any UK or overseas address. The process takes up to five working days to come into effect. If you’re changing your number, you can also arrange for your phone company to automatically inform callers of your new number for a few weeks after the switchover date.
Manually typing in your new address into every online account would — let’s face it — take forever and a day. If you have Google, you can save time by updating your home address on your profile — which you can then autofill on forms or add to Google Keychain. This way, you can update your primary or delivery address across sites with just one tap.
Sometimes, you simply don’t have the time to call or email every company, organisation or institution you’re associated with and inform them of your change in address. Luckily, there are companies that can do it for you.
SlothMove is an online change of address service that takes care of updating all your addresses in one place, and at the same time. They can also help you with other house moving admin, like setting up important services (like council tax and broadband) at your new address, leaving you more time for the fun stuff — like picking out your new decor. Iammoving is another free service that can also help you update your address to everyone at once.
Changing your address can be relatively straightforward for some things — and more complicated for others. Some companies will ask for proof of address, or may ask you to verify your identity before they update your information. In this case, it’s important to make sure you have all your documents on-hand.
Changing addresses might not be high up on your house-moving to-do list, but it should be. The last thing you need is sensitive information landing in the wrong hands. You’ll also likely rub the new owners of your old property the wrong way if they’re left to sort through your mail.
If changing all your addresses at once feels too overwhelming, you can prioritise. Not sure where to start? Focus on communicating your change of address to local authorities, as well as car, utility, and healthcare providers. Some of the less pressing companies, like leisure clubs or networking groups, can probably wait a week or two while you get settled in.
As explained above, there are a range of companies and services you can rely on to automate the process and save you time. While some of these services do cost money, you’ll certainly pay a lot less than you would when faced with a fine. In some cases you may be selling a house with tenants, in which case, you may not need to change address information for yourself as such, but it would be worthwhile informing them of the process relating to address change so no important letters or bills are missed.
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