We all know that moving home can be tricky at the best of times: even the most organised of people (certainly not me) in the stress of paperwork, the removals, finding a new job or a school for the children can end up forgetting the little things which really count.
With that in mind, I thought I would put together a list of ‘life-admin’-related things that you will need to think about when you move. Whether you’re renting, buying or a student in halls, the list applies to you all.
Driving Licence – this is one that a lot of people don’t even realise needs to be amended but you have to get this changed and it’s free to do on the government website.
Electoral Roll – make sure you register at your new address on the Electoral Roll, this will mean that you can vote in local and general elections.
Bills & Council Tax – don’t forget to let people like the water, gas and electric companies know you have moved. You will need to take final meter readings and also settle any remaining balances.
Bank Accounts – particularly important if you are still getting paper bank statements (the last thing you want is those going to the wrong address) but no matter what make sure you have let your bank know your new address.
Post – remember to inform family and friends of your moving date but also to change the postal address for subscriptions to magazines etc. If you’re worried about this you can always set up a post redirection with the Royal Mail but be aware there is a charge for this per every last name.
Doctors, Dentists, & Vets – if you move to a new area make sure you sign yourself up to a new doctor/dentist surgery, particularly if you are student as these places are going to have a surge in applications around September-time so get on it quick. For your furry friends it is worth checking out reviews of new veterinary surgeries, you could even ask a few local estate agents for suggestions of good ones to take your pets to if you are stuck.
Insurance – a really important one for everyone to think about. If you are buying many people are unaware that you need to get insurance from the point of exchange and if you rent remember to check what your landlord does and doesn’t have covered! Further to this think about other kinds of insurance you have (i.e car, life insurance) and let them know about changes to your address.
This is not an all-inclusive list, but it should be a good starting point to a moving checklist…good luck!