Moving home: one of the biggest events in ones life; it can become a stressful occasion. As property professionals we are here to take as much of the work and stress off your shoulders as possible. To help make the process much simpler, we have created a vital checklist of utility reminders.
To make moving easier, we offer a utility switching service for free, contact us for more information.
- Gas & Electric: You will need to inform your current energy supplier know that you will be moving. Make sure you do this in plenty of time and be sure to take your final meter readings and new readings on your moving day; we recommend taking pictures of your meters with your smartphone. Moving home is a great time to switch energy supplier, be sure to shop around for the best deal.
- Water: You will also need to contact your water supplier and confirm your change of address, if you have a meter, be sure to take a picture of the value!
- Health Services: One of the most forgotten tasks for home movers is registering with a new doctor and dental surgery. Many people forget until they need to attend, and find a registration barrier or waiting list in their way of treatment. Be sure to register with your new doctor as soon as you know your new address.
- Post: To ensure you have changed your address on all accounts (Banks, Credit Cards, Employer, Subscriptions) you can set up a royal mail redirection service for a small fee, you can do it here on the Royal Mail Website.
- Internet and Entertainment: It is important to have this done ahead of time, especially if you work from home or have children who just cannot live without their favourite TV shows or games consoles for a number of weeks. Be sure to contact your provider as soon as possible to book an installation date for your new home, during busy periods they may not be available for a number of weeks.
- Electoral Register: Make sure you contact your local council in your new area to sign up to the electoral roll. It is important to know that you could be fined by your local Electoral Registration Office if you fail to register when asked. As well as having the ability to vote on important matters in your community, a registration reflects well on your credit file.
- Home Insurance: Do you have your buildings and contents insurance set up? Be aware that you need to have your insurance in situ at the point of exchange, not completion – don’t forget to sign up.
- Banking: Make sure you have informed your bank and any credit suppliers to ensure you are getting important communications and that your billing address is set up correctly.
- Council Tax: Be sure to close your council tax account with your current council and contact your new local authority to set up a payment plan. Be aware, council tax differs for different property types and even different areas, make sure you check your new homes council tax band.
- TV license: It is a legal requirement to have a TV Licence if you watch live television, don’t get caught unaware with a fine by forgetting to change your address with the licensing authority. Contact them here: TV Licensing.