How time flies when you are having fun. Oh how true this statement is. It is almost one year since I moved into my current apartment with my partner and the time has literally zoomed past. Whilst it has been a fantastic year living in our great little property, it did dawn on me recently just how long addresses stick in our minds.
With Christmas having been and gone, it was the festivities themselves which made me think about addresses and more precisely, did my friends and family all have my most up to date address. I had been in the property 10 months after all so surely they would know. But how would they, if I hadn’t contacted them and told them, why would they? Did I even care?
I am almost 12 months at this address now and sometimes still want to put the postcode of previous places I have lived. I don’t even move around a lot, I literally had lived in two places until the age of 19, but since moving to London 6 years ago I have had five different addresses in six years, still not that many but still more than I would have had if I hadn’t have moved to the capital.
When you move around it is very important that you update all of your documents and paperwork. This is the one thing I hate most about moving. So you don’t forget and to help you with moving in the future, I comprised a quick list of things to not only change, but also check before/after moving to help you remember what needs to be done.
- Get your mail redirected. You do not have to wait until you have moved in to your new property to set up the redirect and setting it up can help catch any letters that may fall through the cracks from places you have not remembered to notify about your move. It is not that expensive to do and the only time I have not done it, I ended up not getting some important paperwork about my university until several months after it was sent!
- Tell your bank. This is probably one of the most important to prevent your details from falling into the wrong hands, even if you do not get sent a paper statement anymore, still let them know so they can update their records.
- New insurance. Optional of course, but regardless of whether you are buying or renting it never comes in wrong to have contents insurance to protect your possessions. Some mortgage terms actually state that you need buildings insurance too in order to take the mortgage so do look out for that.
- Drive with caution. You need to apply for an updated license with your new address on. You can apply for this to be updated on the government website or by post and it is FREE so get it done as you could be fined up to £1000 if you don’t. You need to also change details on your car ownership documents and insurance policies you may have on your vehicle. You may also need to apply for a parking permit for the new property.
- Take final meter readings. Make a note of gas, electric, water and anything else that you might have going in to your property that you need to keep track of. You don’t want to get billed for someone else’s usage.
- Move your TV licence. This is not something I have ever had to do because I have never owned a TV but this is something most people will want to get on top of as soon as possible.
- Get broadband set up. Sometimes your provider will not be available in the new area so make sure you check first. We have all had that black zone week or two where we have no internet in our house just after moving. It is always worth having a look to see what is the best deal for you when you move as well, as switching could save you some pennies.
- Register with a new doctor/dentist. This won’t always be necessary if you are moving down the road, but if you are switching areas, make sure you find yourself some healthcare.
- Tell your employer. Notifying your place of employment is essential – you do not want legal documents or even your pay slips, if you get them in the post, going to the wrong address. The last time I moved, it took my employer at the time three and a half months to get my address changed! It is also good to tell student loans companies, no matter how reluctantly you do so, so they can keep track of you.
- Subscriptions. Before you move, look at changing the address on services you subscribe to. Some companies, work 6-10 weeks in advance when it comes to their rewards vouchers and mailings, so as soon as you know you new address, get things changed over so you don’t miss out. Also take care when ordering things online. If your pages auto populate with all of your information, make sure that all of this is updated – nobody wants their things being shipped to the old address.
It is also useful to actually tell your friends and family. Provided that fleeing from them is not the reason for your move, it is good to let them know where you are going. These are just some of the most useful pointers to change over when you move house.
As careful as we may be to change everything over, no doubt we will all log in to some site months or even years down the line and be confronted with an address from several residencies ago, but we are only human at the end of the day.
Did I miss any critical points out that you do when you move? Let me know in the comments below.