10 people you may forget to notify when moving
It’s not just the physical task of moving and organising your belongings when you move house. There’s also the significant amount of admin, including the amount of people and organisations you need to inform of your new address.
But don’t be overwhelmed.
There’s no doubt that the process of moving house is one of the most stressful times of our lives, but one of the ways you can stop it from affecting your wellbeing is to have a simple plan for not letting things get on top of you.
By taking ten minutes out to make a list.
We love lists at myplace
Lists help us feel organised, in control and that we’re making progress, by ticking things off our lists as we go. With a list, nothing is forgotten and you don’t need to rely on your stressed-out brain to remember everything – which would be impossible!
So, if you’re wondering how you are ever going to remember all the people you need to tell about moving house, here is our list to help you. It is by no means the full list, but it is your starter for ten, of those people, who in our experience, are typically forgotten when we are in the full throes of moving.
And, where we can, we’ve included the relevant link in the text, so it might be a good idea for you to bookmark this post for useful reference later!
This is a two-in-one reminder for both your driving licence AND your V5C vehicle logbook and tax. Although DVLA hold records for both driving licences and logbooks, you will need to inform them separately.
It’s an offence to not have the right address on your driving licence and it doesn’t cost anything to change your address so this is one you can quickly get off your list.
Don’t let this one slip by just because you can’t do it until AFTER you’ve moved. That’s right, HMRC want you to inform them of a change of address only after the big day.
Make a diary note for after you’ve unpacked and had your first cuppa in your new home to get this one done.
- Infrequently used credit or store cards
Just because you hardly use them doesn’t mean you don’t need to change the address with each of those store and credit cards lurking at the back of your wallet, which you’ve been too busy moving house to use!
Make a sub-list of each provider and inform them of your change of address, which is likely to be a simply online process.
This is one you can do in advance. Tell your employer the date of your move and intended new address. It’s important for payroll purposes, compliance and you don’t want to miss any official documentation your employer might still send by snail mail.
- Electoral Roll
You need to inform the electoral roll of your change of address so that you can be registered to vote in your new local constituency elections and general elections. The online process is easy and takes only around 5 minutes.
Do you rely on broadband? Most of us do these days.
Make life easier for yourself and avoid being without the broadband you need when you move to your new house, by speaking to your broadband provider before you move. They’ll need the date you’re moving and your new address to ensure you can be set up with service as quickly as possible for when you’re in your new place.
Scribble a quick note with your child/s’ name and new address and drop it in at the school office. It’s important for safety and compliance reasons that the school have your up-to-date address for their records and correspondence.
Another two-in-one reminder that will include the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for your state pension, but also any private pension providers you may have.
Inform DWP about your change of address promptly to keep up-to-date with everything to do with your benefit entitlements.
Just like a human’s medical records need to be transferred when they move to a new doctor in a new neighbourhood, so do your pet’s, including their vaccination records.
Transferring in advance and giving notice to your current, and new, vet and the details of where you are moving allows for continuity of care to your pet, and they can also offer advice on how best to care for your pet during the move.
- Vehicle breakdown
Tell your vehicle breakdown provider as soon as you can of your change of address.
Your details should be up to date for a number of reasons. Firstly, because your policy could be partly based on the postcode of where you live. Secondly, if you have cover that includes assisting when your car is at home, or when you need to be recovered to home, it will help to have the correct, up-to-date address on their records.
There will be others…
As we said, this is not the complete list, but thinking of all those organisations you have contact with, as you work through will hopefully bring them to mind and you can add them on.
Your list will make you feel organised and productive while keeping your mind a little bit freer of the stress and worry of what can seem like another unsurmountable task. And when you’ve ticked them all off, you can heave a sigh of relief and reward yourself for a job very well done.