Moving House: Keeping Everyone Informed
When you move house it’s really important to ensure you inform anyone and everyone of your change of address. Failing to do so can lead to lots of different problems – especially when important letters don’t reach you through the post. In this blog we’ve drawn up a quick checklist for you to run through, helping you to ensure that you’ve informed all the relevant companies and organisations that you have moved house.
1. Utility companies (gas, water & electricity)
2. Cable/satellite TV company
3. Internet & telephone provider
4. Mobile phone provider
5. Bank and/or building society
6. Credit card and/or loan companies
7. Any finance agreements (ie, for cars, furniture, etc.)
8. Insurance companies (car, home, pet, mobile phone – and every other insurance policy that you hold)
9. Local council
12. Children(s)’ school(s)
That’s quite a list to get through – and no doubt it’ll seem daunting at first. The problem is, changing the address that these people have on file is not optional – it’s something that you have to do. If you don’t, your cable TV could stop working, insurance policies may be invalid, and important reminder letters about dental check-ups will go to the wrong address.
After the excitement of moving home and packing everything into boxes (and unpacking them again), the last thing you’ll want to do is to spend hours on end writing to and calling companies to let them know of your change of address. Sadly, it’s just something you’ll have to get done – so put on some nice music, or turn on the TV in the background and start letting people know!
The best thing to do is to call companies first to let them know – they’ll usually require you to confirm the address change in writing. Most of the time this has to be done via post, but sometimes they’ll allow you to do it via email. Because a lot of companies and organisations are only open during business hours, you might have to think about taking a day’s leave from work in order to get your addresses changed. Remember it’s not just your own address changes that need to be made – your partner or spouse will also need to change their address on things like their bank account, and with credit card companies.
The sooner you let everyone know that you’ve moved home, the sooner you can start settling in properly, knowing that everything has been taken care of for You.