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Moving house? Take a look at our guide to changing your address

7April Author: Dave Dyer . Date Posted: 7th April, 2016

So you’ve packed up, loaded the van and collected the keys. Still, you can’t get rid of that nagging feeling that you may have forgotten something…
Here at Redrose Estate Agents, we know that moving day can be a juggling act. That’s why we’ve compiled a handy guide to informing everyone who needs to know you’ve changed address.

Personal and social

Let your family and friends know where you’ll be living (unless of course you are happy to miss out on this year’s Christmas card list). Your employer also needs to be kept up-to-date with your new details.

Government and council

Get in touch with HMRC as soon as possible, as well as your local council to make sure you are paying the correct level of council tax for your new property. If you have children, you’ll need to contact the Child Benefit Office too.
Don’t forget to put your name on the Electoral Register, so you can continue to vote.

Utilities

It’s a good idea to make a list of all your existing bills for water, heating, electricity, phone services (both mobile and landline) and the Internet.
Contact each company in turn and set up an account for your new address, remembering to take a meter reading as you do. After all, you don’t want to end up paying bills for the previous occupant.

Car

Tell your insurance company about your change of address as soon as possible. Why? Because incorrect details could result in your policy becoming invalid. Keep in mind that some companies charge an administration fee to update your contact information and that address changes may result in an alteration to your premium.
The DVLA will also need to know – but as long as you have registered on the Government Gateway, you can update your details for free online.
Remember to notify any finance companies and breakdown cover providers too.

Financial

Getting on the phone to your bank will probably be right at the top of your list. However, it’s easy to forget the numerous other organisations that need to know where you are and how to get in touch.
If you’ve ever bought anything on Hire Purchase or have a Student Loan, Loyalty Card or Premium Bonds, then you’ll need to take action.

Health

Make sure your doctor and dentist knows you have moved as a matter of priority. If you have a regular eye test, then your optician should also be informed.
From April 6, 2016, a new law means that all dogs in England must be microchipped and their details registered on a centrally approved database. It is now an owner’s responsibility to make sure these details are correct so if you move house, get in touch with the database provider.

Anything else?

Even the most efficient house mover isn’t perfect. It could be that you’ve forgotten to change over your magazine subscription or failed to contact your old university.
For peace of mind, Royal Mail offers a Redirect service. You can find out how to set it up here.
Ready to move and make a fresh start? Take a look at our houses for sale by clicking here or call our team on 01257 547061.

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