There is so much to organise just
packing for the move that often important things are understandably
over-looked. Use this checklist a couple of weeks before to make
sure you've got everything covered. But beware - don't notify
anyone of your change of address until the contracts have been
exchanged, as the sale can still fall through leaving you with the
chore of contacting everyone again.
Change of address service
You can tell many different
organisations of your new address, including gas and telephone
companies and government offices, by using the website
'I am moving'
Are you moving abroad?
Start by visiting Directgov's
settling and working abroad
Have you contacted your council tax office?
Contact your local council's
council tax office
to let them
know the date you move out of your current property and when you
move into your new one so they bill you correctly.
If you receive benefits have you told your benefit
Give your details to the local
Jobcentre Plus office or, if you don't yet have Jobcentre Plus in
your area, contact your Jobcentre or social security office. You
can use the Jobcentre Plus link to find your nearest
, Jobcentre or social security office.
Have you redirected your post to your new address?
You can download the form from
Post Office website
. It can take up to 10 days to set up and
there is a charge.
Have you told the utility
providers (gas, water, electricity)?
You need to tell them at least 48
hours in advance that you are moving. Pass on the details of your
current supplier to the people moving in. On your moving day you
will need to read the meters in both properties so the correct
bills can be issued. When you move in to your new home contact who
you want to supply your utilities so they can register you as a new
customer and start billing you from that day.
Have you arranged for your final telephone bill and new
connection at your new home?
You will need to contact your
phone service provider and inform them that you are moving house
and provide them with the date that you will want to end your
contract with your service provider prior to leaving your current
address. If you agree to transfer your account with your service
provider to your new address then you may be able to transfer your
existing number (excluding area code).
Have you informed your bank, building society, credit card and
You may also need to alter or
cancel direct debits you have for your old home. It is recommended
you contact your bank / building society in advance of your move
and finalise any outstanding agreements you have.
Have you updated your driving licence and vehicle registration
web site for information on how to submit
a change of address form to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing
Have you updated your details on
the Electoral Register?
The register is updated every
month and you need to be included on it to vote. A form is
available from the Electoral Commission's 'About my vote'
website. You can complete the form online, or download and send it
to the Electoral Registration Office which is based at your local
If you have moved Districts then you will
need to find your NEW
Have you told the TV licensing?
When you change your address your
TV License doesnt automatically follow you. Your television licence
will need to be transferred to your new address. You can do this
or by calling 0870 241 6468.
Have you decided what you do and don't want to take?
There are lots of charities that
will gladly have your unwanted items, including charities that
specialise in recycling furniture. Search for charities by area,
name or keyword on the Charity Commission
If you experience any problems with the links on this page
then please contact us and we will aim to rectify any
problem(s) as soon as possible.