Moving Guide

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4-2 Weeks before moving

Start packing, sorting and organising.

Change of address. Tell companies of your change of address.

Electoral Register. Register to vote at your new address by visiting

Landline/Mobile phone and Internet. Let your internet provider/landline provider know in advance of your change of address and the date the service on your new number should commence. You may have to give a full months notice to your old provider.

Car. Have your car serviced.

DVLA. Tell DVLA your change of address so they can update your driving licence and vehicle registration certificates.

Redirect your mail. Redirect your post (takes 5 working days to setup). Apply online at Royal Mail, or phone 08457 740 740 or visit a Post Office.

Junk Mail. Register your details with the Mailing Preference Service, which is a free service. This will remove your details from the vast majority of mailing lists.

Bank. Change your address with your bank or building society.

Credit/Store cards. Change your address with your credit and store card providers. They often have a form on the statement itself. Also let any card protection organisations know as well.

Schools. Let your child's old and new school know of your address change.

Inland Revenue. Let your local tax office know.

Landlord/Tenants. Check your tenancy for how much notice you need to give to your landlord.

Doctor, Dentist & Opticians. You will need to deregister with your old practice and register with your new one. can help you find local practices around your new address. If you donate blood, let the National Blood Service know as well.

Council Tax. Let your old and new councils know.

Pets. If your pets require boarding, book this in advance. Also tell your old vet, so they can transfer the veterinary records over to your new vet.

1 Week before moving

TV Licence. Let TV Licensing know of your change of address so you are legally covered to watch television.

TV Rental. If you rent your TV, let the rental company know.

Gas/Electricity. Contact your existing company, and give at least a few days notice.

Water. Let your water supplier know of your change of address.

Library. Return any old library books and let them know of your address change.

Subscriptions. Change your address with any subscriptions, such as magazines and charities etc.

Milk/Newspapers. Settle your old accounts and let them know you won't be needing any more deliveries.

Borrowed items. Return anything borrowed from neighbours or friends.

Children. If required, arrange for your children to be cared for on the removal day.

3 Days before moving

Pack a bag. Fill a bag with essential items needed for your new address, such as clothes, list of important numbers, jewellery and valuables etc. You can lock this in your car on the removal day.

Keys. Ensure that the keys to your new home will be available and you are aware of what needs to happen with your old keys. Label your old keys up and leave them in a clear place, avoiding the direct view of any window. The kitchen is a good idea.

Parking. Sort parking out in advance at the new address. The average removal van is the same size as a double decker bus and will need more than its own length to be able to manoeuvre into place. The back of the van will need to be closest to the door to the house and if there is an incline, the lorry wants to be facing downhill.

2 Days before moving

Kitchen cupboards/Fridge. Throw any out of date food away and ensure that all bottles etc. are sealed to stop any spillage.

Documents/valuables. Pack these and keep them in a safe place.

1 Day before moving

Packing. Finish your packing, apart from the essentials.

Food box. Have a snack box with food for the moving day, because your cooker/fridge/microwave etc will be disconnected. Make sure you keep the kettle, coffee, sugar etc and keep the refreshments flowing. Having some cold drinks is also a good idea.

Toiletries. Keep a box in the bathroom with your toiletries in. Once everyone has got ready on the moving day, it can be sealed up.

Outside items. As far as possible, try and keep your outside items/furniture in a dry place, such as the garage, to avoid them being wet.

Parking. You can always park outside your new address, to leave a space for the removal van. It will need more than its own length to manoeuvre into place.

Mobile phone. Keep your mobile phone fully charged.

Moving Day

The kettle. Moving is very thirsty work for everyone involved. It is a good idea to keep the brews and biscuits flowing.

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