Moving Home: Who Should I Notify?
Moving home can be the wonderful fresh start you need. A new place, new location, new neighbours and new friends we haven’t met yet. You may have got all the financials in place, instructed the lawyers and got the removals company all booked in.
But wait! Who needs to know you are moving home and why?
Here we identify some of the people and organisations you should be notifying about your move. And don’t forget, we have a really useful list already created if you need a little bit of extra help, which you can download here.
1. Don’t Bank on Them Knowing!
Financial institutions, such as banks and building societies, should be informed as soon as you can. The same goes for pension companies or credit card providers. Firstly, their paperwork has to be correct, and they often use it as a security check – think of how you get a new bank card or PIN numbers. Secondly, imagine if your bank details and personal finance arrangements are sent to the wrong address and end up in the wrong hands.
Top Tip: Take time to write a list of organisations you bank with or have some sort of financial agreement with. Do this when you’re moving home and try to keep it updated as it’ll save you time in the future.
2. Motoring Into the Future
Driving off to a new home? Make sure the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency are kept informed once you’ve moved. They need to have the correct address for you and your licence, and for your car.
Top Tip: The DVLA is one of many government organisations, such as HMRC, who will need to know your new address. Think about other governmental organisations who have info about you and make sure they all know the changes.
3. Power to the Utility Providers
You will have been paying for your gas, water and electricity bills, and it might be that when you move, you’ll have new suppliers. Make sure your old suppliers have updated details for the property you have moved out of – after all, you do not want to be paying someone else’s bills. Remember to update your TV licence and TV companies too.
Top Tip: Don’t forget to take your meter readings when you move so that you are billed for what you have used, and no more.
4. A Health Checklist
Whether you have a medical condition or are as fit as a fiddle, you will have a doctor and the GP surgery where you are registered must have your updated details on file. This goes for the dentist too, and the optician, and any other medical services provider to whom you are registered.
GPs often use addresses for identification purposes too, so it’s a security requirement as well.
Top Tip: Communicate with your medical providers as soon as you can. You don’t want important letters going to the wrong address.
5. Education and Employment Matters
These two areas are aligned as education and employment are often linked. It’s a good idea to deal with them together, so you don’t forget. Schools, nurseries, training providers, and employers all need up to date information as they will all need a record and be able to communicate with you via letter if they need to.
Top Tip: Group your thinking together. There’s less chance of missing something then.
6. Council Tax
Love it or hate it, we all have to pay council tax on the property in which we live. Worked out by several factors and set by the local council, it’s vital that you pay what you need to pay. If you don’t let the council know you’ve moved, you might get a notice to pay for a property that is no longer yours.
Top Tip: There are various ways to contact your local council with your new details, from phone to live chat to email. Whichever method you choose, it’s a priority to let them know.
You might also want to let family and friends know – or you might not if you’re having a fresh start!
We hope this gives you a clearer idea of where to start on who to notify!
For more information on all things home, mortgage, and protection, please do take a look at our other blog posts.
As always, if we can help you in any way on your home journey, whether that’s with your mortgage or arranging insurance for you, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can book a call with us here or if you’d prefer, drop us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.