With so much to organise when moving your home, there is more to do than just pack boxes. There are other important aspects that need to be covered, but these can simply be forgotten along the way. If forgotten, they can land you in hot water so it’s worth taking a look at the checklist below to ensure you have all bases covered and that your move runs as smoothly as possible:
Contact your Council Tax office
It is vitally important to remember when moving home to contact your Council Tax office to tell them about your change of circumstance and to let them know what date you will be moving out of your existing property and when you will move into your new one. You need to do this to ensure that you are correctly billed for your Council Tax.
Redirecting your post
Don’t forget to redirect your post to your new address. The last thing you need is to miss payments on those all-important credit card bills and to be hit with charges. The Royal Mail now provides a redirection service, however, there is a charge. Simply fill out the form that can be found on their website and your post will be delivered to your new home.
Telling your utility providers about your move
You will need to give your utility providers (gas, electricity and water) at least 48 hours notice prior to moving. Make sure to give the people who are moving into your old property the details of utility providers you were using, and on the day that you move you will need to read the meters in both properties to ensure that the correct bills are issued.
Updating your driving licence and vehicle registration documentation
It is vital that you inform the DVLA immediately off any changes to your name, address or both. You will also need to notify the DVLA if the name or address shown on your vehicle documentation is incorrect. If you fail to notify the DVLA of these changes you can be fined as much as £1,000.
Changing home Insurance
One thing that many people forget when moving home is to contact their contents insurance company to notify them that they have moved to a new property. When your contents insurance was calculated, the quote that you received was based on the property you were living in at the time. It is vitally important to tell the insurance company in order for your home insurance to be relevant to your new property.