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Things to Remember When Relocating in the UK

by Mark Whitcroft

Moving to a new home is an exciting life event. Yet it can also be a stressful experience. With so much to do and remember, it can be easy to forget important things. That's why we've put together this checklist of things to remember when moving to a new address in the UK.


  1. Notify your utility companies and other services
    When moving to a new home, it's important to let your utility companies know about your change of address. This includes your gas, electricity, water, phone providers, internet broadband and TV providers. You don't want to be without essential services or receive bills for a property you no longer live in.
  2. Redirect your mail
    It's a good idea to set up a Royal Mail redirection service. This ensures that any mail sent to your old address is forwarded on to your new one. This service can last for up to a year and will ensure that you don't miss any important letters or documents. Here is where you set this up.
  3. Inform your bank and other financial providers
    Make sure to inform your bank about your change of address so that your account details are up to date. This is particularly important if you have any regular payments or direct debits set up. Depending on who you bank with, you can do this either in the branch, over the phone or via online banking.
  4. Update your driving licence and vehicle registration
    If you're a driver, you need to update your driving licence and vehicle registration. You can do this online, and it's important to do so as soon as possible to avoid any penalties. Note that you have to do both of these
  5. Register to vote
    Registering to vote is a legal must-do in the UK, and can improve your credit rating. It's important to update your details when you move to a new address. You can register online or by post, and it only takes a few minutes.
  6. Update your insurance policies
    Make sure to update your insurance policies. These include home and contents insurance, to reflect your new address. Failure to do so could mean that your policies are void, leaving you unprotected in the event of any damage or loss.
  7. Notify your doctor and dentist and register with new medical professionals
    Inform your doctor and dentist about your move. Make sure to register with new medical professionals in your new area. This will ensure that your medical records are up-to-date, and you can receive medical care when you need it. It is also worth updating your NHS account.
  8. Hire a professional removal company
    Hiring a professional removal company can make the move a lot less stressful. Look for a reputable company with good reviews. Also check that they have insurance to cover any damage.
  9. Declutter before you move
    Decluttering before you move can save time, money, and stress. It's a good opportunity to get rid of any unwanted or unused items, freeing up space in your new home. Our wonderful team throughout the UK would be happy to help with declutter before you move and find you a reputable moving company that we have worked with many times before.

Moving to a new address can be a daunting experience. This checklist will help you be sure that you're not forgetting anything important. Remember to take it one step at a time and ask for help if you need it. Good luck with your move!