26 Jan Top 10 things people forget to do when moving house
There’s so much to think about and organise when moving house. To help make the process a little simpler, why not check out our quick checklist of utility reminders.
- Banks:With most of us doing our banking online and statements being paperless, informing your bank of your change of address is frequently forgotten. Equally important are store cards and credit cards after all, you don’t want your bank and credit card data going to the wrong address in case of fraud or ID theft.
- TV license and TV subscription:If you’ve paid your TV licence annually or by direct debit, you just need to change your address with them and the contract will carry on as usual. If you’re moving in with someone then you will only need one licence per household. Don’t forget to inform your satellite or cable provider particularly if your new home hasn’t got this service already.
- Council Tax: It’s important to get in touch with your local council to finalise your current bill as well as contacting your new council as soon as possible as you need to pay from the date you move in. The amount of Council Tax payable differs in amount per area, per property type and even by the number of people in the property.
- Post: Mail redirection can be for 3, 6 or 12 months and means those final bills, magazine subscriptions or important post will be sent to your new address. To give you time to change your address on everything, you can set up post redirection through the Post Office by clicking this link https://www.royalmail.com/personal/receiving-mail/redirection
- Internet: Probably one of the essentials that must be changed. Speak to your current provider about your contract terms as sometimes you’ll be able to transfer it over to your new house. It could be a chance to shop around if you’re finishing your contract and look for a better deal. Try and plan this well in advance because installation can take several weeks.
- Gas & Electric: To avoid confusion and overcharging, tell your current energy supplier know you’ll be moving at least 2 days before you move and take your final meter readings. This will ensure that you get an accurate bill. When you move home you can stay with the provider or change to a new one, and make sure you take the new meter readings when you move in.
- Water: As with your energy suppliers, your water supplier also needs to be notified and you need to have your details changed with them. Most of the property in Darlington is supplied by Northumbrian Water and their details can be found here: https://www.nwl.co.uk/your-home/your-account/moving-property/new.aspx
- Voting: Make sure you’re on the Electoral Roll at your new address, so you can be involved in national and local votes. Remember that you could face a fine if you’re asked to register and you don’t do so.
- Doctors & Dentists: If your new doctor or dentist is popular then there may well be a waiting list. Don’t leave this until the last minute as you never know when you may need them! If you’re staying locally then you’ll still need to tell them of your new address even if you’re not changing surgeries.
- Insurance: Normally you can simply change address with insurer but remember if you move to a bigger house or ‘riskier’ area (perhaps in a flood zone or to a city centre) there may be a little more to pay. Your buildings insurance will need to cover your new home from exchange and most insurers will allow you to cover both for a short time. Remember to extend your contents insurance to cover your furniture in transit as the removal firm may only have limited cover