Moving home is stressful. Reduce the anxiety by creating a checklist of everything you need to do. Match the checklist with a calendar and place dates against each item. This is the best way to be completely organised. Notify a power company, for example, a few days before you leave your home. Contact a removal company, however, at least six weeks before your expected moving date.
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Get quotes from at least three companies. If you have a fragile item such as a piano, ask each company how it intends to transport it. Find out how many boxes the removal company supplies and when.
TV, Phone and Broadband
Contact TV Licensing. Your existing TV licence does not apply at your new home. If you have satellite or cable TV, tell the provider at least two weeks in advance that you are moving. Give full details of your new address. Similarly, your phone and broadband supplier needs a fortnight's notice. If you do not give TV, broadband and phone companies enough time, you may not have any of these services at your new address when you first move in.
Council Tax and Utilities
Provide the date of your move and your forwarding address to your council, water provider and gas and electricity suppliers. If you are moving to another council area, tell the new council when you are moving in. Read your gas and electricity meters on the day of your move at your old and new addresses.
Notify insurance companies of your pending change of address. Include all your insurance policies. These may cover building and contents, pet, life, medical and vehicle. A change of address often leads to a change in insurance premiums.
Licence and Registration
DVLA needs to issue you with a new driving licence and vehicle registration document when you change address. Contact them a few days before you move.
Ask the local post office to redirect post to your new address. You have to pay a fee for this service.
Bank and Credit Cards
Notify your change of address to your bank. Also tell your credit and store card companies.
Inform your doctor, dentist and optician that you are moving. If you are leaving the area, find a new GP's surgery and dental practice without delay. Some dental practices have a full list and cannot take you as a patient straightaway.
Newspaper, Magazine and Milk Deliveries
Cancel all newspaper, magazine and milk deliveries.
Day of the Move
On the day of the move, make sure your mobile phone is fully charged. Give the removal company your mobile phone number. Leave the keys to your old home with the estate agent. Make sure you know where to pick up the keys for your new home.
Once you've moved, ask the local council to send you an electoral registration form. Complete the form immediately and return it. If you do not, you cannot vote.
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