Top Tips When Moving House
Moving house doesn’t need to be stressful with a bit of planning and organisation.
Remember to set up a standing order for payment of your rent and then check your account on the date the rent is due to come out to make sure the payment has been made. Banks can take up to 21 days to set up a Standing Order payment so contact them as well in advance as possible. The Agent/Landlord may make charges for payments that are not received on the due date.
When moving out, remember to check your standing order for your rent payment has been cancelled and no rent is left outstanding.
Make sure you take an electric, gas and water meter reading (where applicable) when you get to the property. This way you can make sure you are not overcharged and can set up your utility accounts accordingly. The agent/Landlord should be able to notify you who supplies the utilities however if they can’t you can ring MPAS on 0870 905 0806 to find the electricity supplier or, National Grid on 0870 608 1524 to find your gas supplier.
When moving out, remember to check your meter readings and make sure this correlates with your check out report.
Check your Inventory
If you are renting, your Letting Agent/Landlord should give you an inventory when you move into the property which will details the current condition and any fixtures and fitting. If the agent/Landlord are not meeting you at the property to go through the inventory you need to check the inventory as soon as you can and make a note of any discrepancies. Its also good practice to take photographs where necessary to ensure you are not charged at the end of the tenancy for items that were already like it when you moved in.
When moving out, make sure the property is left in the same condition as the inventory when you moved in. This may well mean, getting the property proffessionally cleaned. By doing this you will be avoiding any deductions from your deposit.
Telephone / Broadband / TV
Set up or transfer your accounts as soon as you can to ensure you have them in place for when you move. Utility providers can take 7-10 working days to set up new accounts.
When moving out, make sure you let your suppliers know that you are moving house.
Make sure you have contacted your insurance provider and arrange for your policy to be transferred to your new address. The premiums may change due to postcode area so check with the provider and get new quotes if necessary.
Change of Address
Notify the relevant companies that you have moved, i.e. bank, mobile phone company etc. You will also inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) immediately of any changes to you address.
The register is updated every month and you need to be included on it to vote. A form is available from the Electoral Commission’s ‘About my vote’ website. You can complete the form online, or download and send it to the Electoral Registration Office which is based at your local council.
Your television license will only cover your current home, so you’ll need to transfer it to your new address.
Notify the relevant authorities in both your current area and the area you are moving to. For more info go to www.voa.gov.uk
Doctors / Dentists / Opticians
If you are moving out of the local area you will need to find new ones. Furthermore, check with your hospital if you are undergoing regular treatment as an out patient.
The NHS website gives details of doctors, dentists, opticians and pharmacies in your area. If you have your contact lenses delivered directly to your door it is really important to let your Opticians know you’ve moved.
Remember if you give blood please inform the National Blood Service of you change of details.