Tell the World You Are Moving!
Ok, the Exchange is done, the Completion date is on the horizon and you’ve memorised your new postcode and can’t wait to be at your new address…. but wait ! What about everyone else? How will they find you? Where will your magazine subscriptions end up? Will you get this years Christmas cards? It’s time to tell the world you are moving…. and there are sooooo many people to tell!
The following links will take you to forms and sites that give you a full list of what you need to do.
V5C – your Car’s registered address must be updated
Companies House (if you own or are director of a business).
Council – see your last Council Tax bill for whom to contact
Companies and Organisations – Utility companies, insurances, subscriptions, friends
Useful Moving Address Tool – A very useful tool to make informing all the main companies and services an easy task
* When you decide to move, start making a note on paper of all the mail you are receiving. Utility bills are obvious, however it is easy to forget to change the address for magazines (especially if seasonal like Christmas catalogues), retail shops you receive offers from, your Tesco clubcard and other reward services and so on. By the time you move you will have a dozen companies to inform that you never would have thought about.
* Create a spreadsheet to list all the things you need to change, put a date next to each for when you should do this and have a checkbox to know what you have and haven’t done. When you call a Utility company or anyone else, have the spreadsheet infront of you and make a note there of any info they give you such as a different number to call when you want to connect to their service at your new property, the date they will start transferring mail or cut off your services (very important if your completion date changes!), who you spoke to and the day and time (in case they mess up and you need to pin the blame on someone to receive compensation). Also not on the spreadsheet reference numbers they give you and any extra instructions. This way, once you have moved you can log onto your computer and find that spreadsheet – much easier than searching around for a hundred scraps of paper.
* Always take out mail redirection from the Royal Mail. I would always advise doing this for a year. It’s a very small price to pay for the effort Royal Mail have to go through to send on letters to you. A year of mail is enough to receive anything you have forgotten – especially those statements from a savings account, annual airmiles statements, the tax office or notices from the DVLA which too many people forget. If you do forget to inform an important company or government body of your move, catching this via the mail redirect service could save you a huge amount of money and hassle in fines and aggravation. You can sign up to this service here: Royal Mail Redirection Service
* If you have bought tickets to a concert, sporting event or something else, these are often delivered just before the event. Do make sure you contact these companies and give them new details! Mail redirection can take upto a couple of weeks, so don’t rely on this to get your tickets. What else may you have ordered that would be delivered in the future? Get thinking!
* Live in a flat? Ensure the management company of the block or the resident committee have your new address.
* Where possible, leave your forwarding address with a neighbour. If someone is desperate to get hold of you (it could be the tax man, it could be the people from the National Lottery) they contact neighbours and ask for an address. It usually pays to let them know where you have gone to. If you’re not comfortable leaving them your new address offer them your work address or just a mobile phone number.
* Contact BT and SKY or Virgin Media if you intend to use their services for telephone and or television in your new property. Let them know your move in date and ask them to have services connected from that day. Leaving it until you move in will mean a delay of weeks before you get service.
* Tell your employer! So many people forget to tell their employer. Inform HR, Payroll, the pension provider and health insurance companies if you are covered.