Moving home? Who and How to Let the Authorities Know

Moving home is hard work and needs a great deal of planning and organisation. Beside the physical aspects of any move which are the most obvious issues concerned with any change of address there are a great deal of administration points which need to be dealt with. The list is long but comprehensive. We hope it will make your change of home easier to contend with.

Address change

First things first it’s a good idea to let as many companies as you are involved with that you are indeed moving.

Right to vote

Don’t forget that when you move so do your voting rights. It’s an important point to make sure that you let your local council know that you are moving away from the locality. Also let your new council area know as soon as you can that you are registering to vote. Be aware that this is a legal requirement and that it is important to let the authorities know.

Phones, internet and mobiles

It’s good to let your internet provider know that you are changing address and the date that you want your new number to start from. You may well be able to take your phone number with you. If you decide not to stick with your internet or land line provider then it is important to give them due notice, at least four weeks in advance sometimes longer. If you should decide to terminate your land line on the day you move make sure you are still able to at least use your mobile in order to make contact with relevant agencies in the case of an emergency.


It’s a good idea to make sure your car is fully serviced if you are moving a long way away. Also it is crucial to let the DVLA know if you are changing address so that your driving licence can be amended and also crucially that your car registration documents are in order.


This is well worth noting well in advance, does your new property require a permit to park? This is not just for your car but also for a removal van or vans. Your council can organise temporary permits and indeed parking restrictions for moving days at a cost so that your move can be smooth. If this is relevant to your area be sure to contact your new council with plenty of warning so that this can be arranged.

Postal redirection

According to the Home Office it is a good idea that when you move house that you take advantage of the redirection service set up by the Royal Mail. This is easy to implement by contacting Royal Mail by phone or online. You will need to allow a good working week for this service to be organised.

Junk mail

A new home, a new start, this is a great chance to stop the volume of junk mail you receive by registering your detail with the Mailing Preference Service. This allows you to take your name and address from nearly 100 percent of your mail. Take a look at their website for online details and contact numbers.

Change of address cards

It’s always good to take the time to organise change of address cards. The variety of types on offer will appeal to all tastes and budgets from the straightforward to the embossed and elaborate.

Bank and building society

It’s a good idea to let your bank or building society to know in plenty of time your change of address. This will help the smooth transition of your banking records.

Credit cards

Next time you receive a statement from your credit card company be sure to fill in a change of address form. If you have taken out any card protection insurance out such as Sentinel it is also worth letting them know of your change in address.


It may seem obvious but it can easily be forgotten, be sure to let your child’s school know in plenty of time when your child/children will be leaving. Also ensure that any new school knows when your children will begin lessons.


Getting the right removers for you
Picking the right service for your move

It’s worth remembering that when moving home there is a great deal of work involved just in the pure physical experience of lugging goods from house to van and vice versa. Many home movers underestimate just how much hard work is involved and opt to do all the hard work themselves. They then realise on the day just how exhausting the whole experience can be. So unless you are moving a very small amount of goods it is nearly always worth investing in the services of a professional removal company. From small to big there are plenty of different removal firms eager to help with the exact requirements of your move.

Getting quotes

Finding the right removal company for you is a competitive business and it’s worth finding these quotes well ahead of your completion date. Take a good look at the quotes as the detail of what they include is very important. Some may appear cheaper but not offer you the exact service you require. Many removal companies will offer packing and for many people this is a welcome additional cost. But be sure you know exactly what you want from your removal firm. Sometimes you can get online quotes, although these are helpful to give you a general indication of price it is worth taking the time to speak direct with the company to get exact costs. Equally if you live in a small property all you may need is a man with a van. Many of the big cities have plenty of man and van services which can save you a lot of money.


Your removal company will be pleased if you are able to help them in advance with any additional information about the access and layout of your new home. Things to include are, how many floors you have, the number or amount of stairs and the width of the doors for objects like sofas and wardrobes.


Many removal companies do in fact offer insurance with their services to cover any potential breakages. It is of course best not to assume that this will be the case but check with them first. Also check your home insurance covers any losses or breakages during the removal process.

Negotiate, negotiate

It is not unusual to negotiate with any prospective removal firm on their quoted price. Most people are more than happy to try for discounts and it is always worth asking. Even if this is something you don’t feel comfortable with it is always worth trying, they will not be offended. Be mindful that you may be able to get a better price for any removal quote if you avoid peak times such as weekends or during school holidays. Weekdays tend to be cheaper as there is less demand. Many find it is better to take a couple of days off work than to pay for the additional peak time costs of some removal firms.

Be aware

Do check before booking your removal firm that they are members of the The British Association of Removers or The National Guild of Removers and Storers. These are recognised bodies and those companies that belong to them have to attain certain standards of excellence in the removal firm field.


Getting a recommendation is also a safe thing to do. Have you got friends or relatives in the vicinity who have had good experience with their local or national removal firms? This like any decision is always better if you know first-hand through a family or friend their experience with any given firm. This removes any concerns or doubts you may have about a company especially if you know for sure that the quality of their work is to a high standard. If you can’t get a recommendation then use instinct and common sense together with a reputable company and a proven track record. Also see how you get along with a company when you make enquiries. If you instantly get along with their staff this will also help to give an indication as to how well your relationship will develop with any given firm.