Moving into a new address requires contacting several important organizations and companies. This is to ensure that records are kept up to date and that you are traceable if there are any issues. Follow this checklist to avoid forgetting important organizations or companies to notify. Thankfully, many services have been digitized to save time, but you may also have to schedule some time to make a few phone calls.
Contact details or steps for the online process of updating contact details for all organizations and companies should be available on the relevant websites. Consider taking the task step by step to avoid feeling overwhelmed, as you have a few days after moving in to get it completed. Once it is done and over with, you can take the time to enjoy relaxing in your new home.
Relevant Government Bodies
- HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
- Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
- Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA)
- Electoral Roll
- TV Licencing
- Local Council
Utility Bill Providers
- Banking and savings account providers
- Credit card companies
- Investment funds
- Store loyalty card providers
- Pension services
- Car insurance
- Home insurance
- Mobile phone insurance
- Pet insurance
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
Other Regular Bills
- Home phone
- Mobile phone
- Cable TV
- Register with a GP using nhsgp.net
- Register with a dentist
- Register with an optician
Work and Education
- Your employer
- Colleagues and alumni networks
- Other professional associations
- Educational institutions
- Entertainment services (Netflix, NOWTV, Amazon Prime Video)
- Newspapers, magazines, and newsletters
- Gym or sports club memberships
- Charity support
- Pet databases
After this, you may want to let your family and friends know of your new address so that they know where to find you. It can help to work through the list in order of urgency.
For instance, updating employers and educational institutions should be relatively simple. Remember to prioritize governmental bodies and utility bill providers to avoid getting in trouble and ensure you are being billed for any necessary costs. After this, new healthcare services in the local area can be found and contacted to register. Subscriptions for entertainment are often periodically billed, so it should work out that you have time to let them know without any panic. However, if you receive physical items through a subscription, change the delivery address quickly to avoid losing out on the products.
For peace of mind after leaving a previous address, it is important to redirect your post to avoid losing any important letters or parcels. For best results, post should be redirected before moving, but it is never too late to save some important mail getting misplaced. Depending on the volume of post typically received, the redirection can be canceled after a brief time, so the service should be affordable. Although updating contact details aims to avoid the issue of post falling into the wrong hands, occasionally, the system is not updated quickly enough, and mail is sent out to the incorrect address.