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Moving house: change of address checklist

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Written by Martin Lane, Managing Editor

27 December 2018

There's lots to remember when you're moving home, and it's essential you let the relevant people know your new address. Here is what you need to do when you move.

Personal checklist

  • Family

  • Employer

  • Friends

Financial checklist

  • Current account

  • Credit cards

  • Savings accounts

  • Pension

  • Home insurance

  • Car insurance

  • Life insurance

  • Travel insurance

  • Other insurance

  • Hire purchase providers

  • Student Loans Company

  • Loyalty cards

  • Share register

  • Premium bonds

What insurance do you need for your new home?

It depends on your whether you own or rent your property:

  • If you have bought a new property, you may need buildings and contents cover. You may also want insurance to cover your mortgage payments if you are unable to work.

  • If you are renting a new property, you should look at contents insurance to protect your belongings. Your landlord is responsible for getting buildings cover.

Here is how to work out what home insurance you need.

Utilities checklist

  • Water

  • Gas

  • Electricity

  • Landline

  • TV Licence

  • Digital TV

  • Broadband

  • Mobile phone

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Government checklist

  • HMRC/Inland Revenue

  • Local council

  • Electoral register

  • Child benefit

Motoring checklist

  • DVLA

  • Vehicle registration

  • Breakdown cover

  • Car finance (if applicable)

Health checklist

  • Doctor

  • Dentist

  • Optician

  • Vet

Entertainment checklist

  • Film/TV rental

  • Gym/sports clubs

  • Newsagent

  • Magazine subscriptions


  • Library

  • Solicitor

  • Trade unions/professional bodies

  • Schools

  • College/universities

  • Pet micro-chipping services

  • Milkman

  • Cleaner

  • Window cleaner

  • Gardener

  • Charities you support

How to set up a Royal Mail redirect

Although it costs money to redirect your post, it is worthwhile because it helps protect your identity and stops important documents (like new bank cards) falling into the wrong hands.

You also get the peace of mind of knowing that you aren't missing out on any vital correspondence.

Even if you are confident you have given your new address to everyone who will want to get in touch, it is still easy for one or two to slip through the net.

You can find out how to set up a redirection and the cost by visiting the Royal Mail website.

12 things to do before you move house

Redirect your mail on the Royal Mail website

Whether you are looking to move up the property ladder, downsize or just relocate we can help you find the right mortgage when you move home.

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