If you’re moving house and want to know what to do before, during and after the move, this page is for you. For more information on buying a house, check out our buying a house page.
Whether it’s your first home or your fifth, it’s easy to get lost in the tasks involved when moving house. Stay organised by keeping tabs on everything you need to remember, including:
Before you move house, there are lots of people and companies you’ll need to contact. You may need to end a service – such as your energy supplier – or inform a government body of your new address.
Follow the checklist below to keep track of who you have and haven’t contacted.
Bills and insurance
When it comes to your current household bills, give your utility suppliers plenty of notice of your move. This includes contacting:
The easiest way to move your post over to a new address is to use the Post Office’s redirection service. For a fee, they will redirect any mail from your current address to your new address over a three-, six- or 12-month period. This gives you plenty of time to update your address with your:
You should also update your address on any websites you buy from regularly. You don’t want any parcels going to the wrong address.
Doctors and dentists
Don’t use this as an excuse not to go to the dentist. Make sure to change your healthcare provider if you’re moving to a new area. Once you have registered, contact your current provider to transfer your details over to your new provider. This includes your:
You will also need to inform any financial providers of your new address. This means contacting your:
There are several government bodies you will need to inform of your move, including:
If you’re moving from a rented property, you’ll need to let your landlord know in advance to arrange the end of your tenancy.
Your tenancy agreement will list the amount of notice you need to give, but it’s usually at least 30 days.
The best way to give notice is by sending a formal letter, which includes:
When moving house, make sure there are no gaps in your home insurance cover.
If you already have an active insurance policy, ask about transferring it to your new home.
It’s important to tell your home insurer of your moving date, so you remain covered on both properties during your move.
Moving day can be exciting, but there’s plenty to remember. You will need to take meter readings, pack any last-minute items and shut off your utilities. Here are a few tips to help the day go easier:
Make sure the person you’re selling to has a smooth moving day by putting together a fact sheet to help them settle into the house. Things to include are:
When it comes to your moving day, there are lots of things to consider before you can put your feet up and relax. Here are a few moving day tips to help the day run without a hitch:
Once you’ve plugged in the kettle and had a cup of tea, make sure you’ve ticked off the below tasks as well.
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