Once you have confirmed your moving date there are some things that will need to be done prior to your move-in day and some that will need to be carried out on the move-in day itself. We have put this checklist together in order to help you plan accordingly.
Prior to moving day
Redirect your mail
As long as you know the exact date that you will be moving into your new property, you can notify Royal Mail by visiting their website and advising them of your current and new address. Please be advised that it can take up to 5 days to arrange the re-direction.
Notify companies and organisations of your new address
Make a note of everyone that is likely to have your current address and notify them of your new address –
- Doctors Surgery
- Banks and building societies
- Credit card companies
- Insurance providers
- TV licensing
- Satellite or cable company
- Mobile phone provider
Clearing out your previous home
You may have been in your previous property for a long time or you just might be a chronic hoarder, but when arranging your move you will want to do it in the fastest and easiest way possible. Have a good clear out and get rid of the junk!
If you are letting a furnished property you may be able to move simply and with just a car, but if you are moving furniture etc. then you may want to arrange a removal van for the day. In addition, if you are going to be putting things into storage then make sure you have arranged this too.
In our experience, the best way to find a reliable and safe moving or storage company is on the a href=”http://www.bar.co.uk” target=”_blank”>British Association of Removers website which lists a vast number of vetted and approved moving and storage companies.
- Make sure that you have packed everything and that you are leaving the property empty.
- Check that you?ve emptied the garage and roof space
- Lock all windows and doors
- Give back all the keys to the property.
Brief the removal team
If you are using a removal company make sure that they know which items go where in your new property so that they don?t leave them in the wrong rooms for you to rearrange later.
Pick up the keys to your new home
Make sure you have all keys ? front, rear, garage, window keys, meter box keys and any other outbuildings, if applicable.
Make sure that when you leave your former property you take meter readings to give to the gas and electric company so that they can calculate your final bills (we recommend taking a photo of the meters with your mobile phone for future reference). This is to ensure that you won?t be paying for someone else?s gas and electric.
Most properties do not have a water meter and are billed monthly or annually. However, if your property does have a water meter, remember to take note of the meter reading and inform the supplier.
Likewise when you get to the new property, please make sure that you do the same there.
Notify the letting agent of the meter readings so that they have this for their records as well.
It is important that you notify your local council that you have changed address so that you are paying the correct council tax. You can check your council tax band and the local authority by visiting
Take note of the meter reading and inform the supplier, if your property has a prepayment meter you may need to arrange for a new top up key to be delivered. You can do this by calling your supplier. To check who your electricity supplier is, you can call 0845 601 5467.
If you would like to change your supplier or the type of meter you have in your property you may need to get permission from your Landlord/ Agent
Take note of the meter reading and inform the supplier, if your property has a prepayment meter you may need to arrange for a new top up card to be delivered. You can do this by calling your supplier. To check who your gas supplier is, you can call 0870 608 1524.
Again, if you would like to change your supplier or the type of meter you have in your property you may need to get permission from your Landlord/ Agent
Most properties do not have a water meter and are billed monthly or annually. However, if your property does have a water meter, remember to take note of the meter reading and inform the supplier. To check who your water supplier is, you can call 01740 625220 or visit www.water.org.uk/consumers/find-your-supplier.
If you would like to change the type of meter you have in your property you may need to get permission from your Landlord/ Agent
Phone, Broadband, TV & Satellite dish
If you are planning to use any of the following; Landline, Broadband, TV and/or Satellite dish you may need written permission from the landlord/agent. Any charges that occur are the tenants? responsibility to pay.
To register for a TV license go to www.tvlicensing.co.uk
Waste and recycling
You can check the day for your waste and recycling collections by going to www.gov.uk/rubbish-collection-day
To update your details you can visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Finally, put the kettle on and enjoy your new home!