Change of Address in London Checklist
Many people find it useful to jot down lists not just of contents to be included when moving home to London, but to compile to-do lists for tying up a myriad of other loose ends. There is always something on this list you might forget, so it is worth taking a little extra time to make one.
Redirecting your mail
Redirecting your post can be either the first thing you do or something you forget to do, at least fully, in the upheaval of moving house. But it is important to make sure all steps have been taken to ensure no mail of any kind lags behind at your old home. For one thing, you will want to not to leave your identity behind. Sensitive information like bill correspondences and bank statements can pile up and be subject to misuse, or you could unwittingly get behind on an important day to day payments if not notified at the right address. There are varying lengths of time you can opt to have your post redirected, and you can arrange to have this started before you leave the old address for the final time. A popular provider is Royal Mail’s redirection services, with pricing dependent on the length you want your post redirected for.
Tell your service providers
Inform your bank, any house and car insurance providers, your GP, and your local authority of the address change to keep up to date – and for the latter, avoiding headaches registering for council tax that might be backdated if you wait till after you’ve moved. Things like a car and home insurance policies are based on location. If your new area in London is considered ‘safer’ you could end up paying a lower premium, or even getting a refund!
If you’re moving to a new catchment area for medical providers like doctors and dentists, you will have to register a new address anyway. Also update address details for things like film, product or magazine subscriptions so you don’t miss out on your supplies.
Take final energy meter readings
To avoid incurring bills for somebody else’s gas, water or electricity usage, inform the providers of each of these of your moving date. Take a final reading of each for the most accurate final bill before the supply is finally turned off so you are not overcharged; take the opportunity to shop around for better deals from different suppliers in the area you now live.
Update your address on the Electoral Roll
The electoral register needs to be updated with your current address if you want to be able to vote in general elections, and in local elections for the representatives in your new area. Opting to be on the open register will also help boost your credit rating, as it makes it much easier for lenders and potential creditors to verify your address. You can be registered to vote in two areas, but obviously, you can only vote once in any election. Being registered at two addresses usually affects students who may have a home address different to their term-time address, but you’ll only need to update to your new full-time address if this is not the case for you.
Change online shopping outlet details
Increasingly households are doing a large proportion of their shopping online. This includes the weekly grocery shop, clothing, and other essentials. If you regularly do this, it is very easy to forget to update each platform to hold the correct current address in preparation for house moving; you could be out of pocket and without essentials for some time before the mistake is corrected. It is worth going through your most frequently used shopping platforms, perhaps at the same time as you remember to redirect your mail.
Compare removal services for all the associated costs
There are varied factors for working out the logistical costs of moving your possessions from A to B. House removal processes can have hidden costs for things like ease of access to your property for items, or for moving far outside of the locality.
Remember that some London movers charge a flat rate of actually moving the items by distance travelled. For example, a rate of £25 per hour of travelling time to the new location plus a small addition per mile travelled from your old home. It’s worth comparing which movers will travel the same distance for the least cost, and adding new and cheaper removals companies for your new locality to your address book.
Letting friends and family know about the address change
This is more about when to tell them rather than who, or if to tell, as obviously friends and family and some colleagues are going to need your new address at some point. But most people would understand you will be snowed under with sorting house removal issues. An idea once you are settled enough is to have a gathering or a ‘house warming’ party. An emailed invitation can let all your chosen contacts know the whereabouts at the same time, and gives an easily accessible footprint they can keep for their own reference if they forget. This also informs them of the new address ahead of time of the gathering. So instead of any inconvenient unsolicited house calls at the old place, a few people may even volunteer to help you with London removals at the right time and make the process easier.
A comprehensive to-do list like this, for actions and not just items, is guaranteed to minimise the stress involved in house moving to London. If the idea of planning a party isn’t the most attractive to you especially after the draining ordeal of moving house, you could always make it a BYOB or a ‘pot luck’ gathering.