Tomorrow is the day I get to move into my new home here in Edinburgh with Luke. It’s the first home where it’s just going to by my space, our space, together. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to be able to make the place a real home, no longer just having to confine my things to a bedroom in a shared student flat. As you can imagine, everything is now packed up in boxes and we are getting ready to go with a super early start tomorrow, here’s to hoping it doesn’t rain! Amidst all my planning I thought it would be useful to anyone else moving home to compile a bit of a checklist of things to do to help the move go smoothly.
I hope you find this useful, it’s certainly helped me keep on top of things, and it’s always a good idea to make a list of phone numbers you can email yourself to keep handy ready to call when you move in.
Some councils have a service which let you automatically register online your new address and move in date so that you don’t have to spend hours on hold to the council trying to set up your new tax for that property. With a few clicks I was able to specify my new address, any exemptions (for Luke being on his masters degree) and claim my 25% discount because of it, which is an absolute life saver! With my direct debits all set up and ready to go, that’s one thing off the list before I’ve even moved, perfect.
Gas & Electricity
Our supplier for the property is already set up as it’s a rental property and just follows on from the previous tenants, but it’s always worth checking who they are with and seeing if you are getting better rates elsewhere. Ours wasn’t the best so we found that by switching we can save up to £300 a year, that’s a lot of shoes, which is never a bad thing. Make sure you take a photo of your meeter reading as soon as you enter the property to ensure you aren’t over charged on standing rates from before you moved in, these should be billed for your landlord or agency if rental. I aim to ring up our new supplier and book in to have things changed over by day two of our move in.
We found that as Luke already has the internet in his name he was able to ring up the company six weeks before and schedule a change of address and new installation, being organised has meant that we will only be one day without internet, which means only one day without Netflix – yes.
Employment & Education
You will need to let your employer or university know you have changed address as these are needed for emergency and financial records. Just an email or phone call will generally do.
It’s a requirement (at least in the UK) that your doctors is in the same area as you are so generally depending on how far away you’re moving, you’ll need to ring up the doctors within your new local area and get yourself registered.
Dentists don’t seem to have the same requirement so you can stay with your current one, just make sure you update your address on their records.
If you’re a lifelong glasses wearer like me you’ll know that those little handy reminders through the door once a year to get your eyes checked are indeed quite useful, again, pop into your local branch or ring up and update your address records.
You must update your address on your banking records, as it’s important your statements aren’t going to the wrong address, and it’s the best way to protect your information. Don’t forget that credit and debit accounts are often on different systems so if you’re updating it online you’ll need to do both accounts, or pop into your local bank and they can do it for you on both.
If you’re paying back your student loan don’t forget to update your address and information on Student finance, either online or over the phone, you don’t want debt collectors looking for you because they can’t find you, or you aren’t responding/receiving any letters.
If you’re planning watching live television you’ll need a TV license, you can apply for this online or if you already have one, it’s important to update your address then you aren’t paying for a license for the wrong house.
I’m guilty of not updating this as I’m not currently driving living here, and I think most people also forget, but if you are driving it’s important to update the address on your license, which is free to do online.