When you are moving – whether as a tenant or a homeowner – there are a number of steps you should take to make the process as smooth and as trouble free as possible.
Once the removal guys have come and gone, what steps should you take to ensure that you settle into your new home without too many difficulties?
Here is a quick checklist of things you should bear in mind.
1. Your previous home
Double check that you have not overlooked any important steps you had to take when leaving your old home by looking at your moving out checklist.
Especially important things you should deal with include:
- Inform utility companies of your move having taken final meter readings
- Arrange for transfer of your phone number (if desired), TV licence and TV bundle
- End any insurance at your old address
- Arrange with the Post Office for your post to be re-directed
- Inform the council of your move out date for the purpose of your final council tax bill, claiming any refund due to you.
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2. General checklist
Having made sure there is nothing you have missed with your previous home, you should turn your attention to your new home.
Key stuff to do include:
[ ] If you are a homeowner, make sure that building insurance and contents insurance are in place from the day you are responsible for risk
[ ] If you are a tenant, make sure that contents insurance is in place
[ ] Sign up with new utility companies – gas, electricity, water, telephone
[ ] Get on the Electoral Roll
[ ] Inform the following of your change of address:
- Doctor, dentist and optician
- Savings providers
- Credit card companies
- Tax office
- Official organisations
- Friends, family and business contacts
[ ] Inform the council of your move in date for council tax purposes.
If you’re moving long distances, you may need to de-register with your doctor, dentist and optician and register with new ones more local.
Inform your bank of any changes to direct debits or standing orders.
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3. Flat owners
If you are a homeowner moving into a flat rather than a house, you will need to arrange contents insurance, but the building insurance is likely to be the responsibility of the freeholder or management company.
Make sure you know when your ground rent and service charges are due, together with the arrangements for making payment.
Ensure that the freeholder/management company has a phone number and email address to contact you in the event of an emergency.
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