Moving House - who to notify

It is a legal obligation to change your address on your driver's license and on the Electoral Roll.

Moving house involves a lot more than just transporting your possessions from one location to another. It also involves rearranging your life and making sure that there is a smooth transition from one home to another.

There are many people, companies and services that you must notify about your change of address. In the weeks leading up to your move, you must:

Contact your electricity, water, and gas companies to arrange for final readings and to ensure their supplies will be on at your new property. Ask your phone company and internet service provider to organise connection at your new address so you are contactable as soon as you arrive. If you wish to take these complex tasks out of your own hands, you can contact Direct Connect to do it on your behalf for free. Visit Direct Connect for more information about their services.

Also, advise organisations such as your bank, solicitor, credit card company, insurance company, the tax office, your child's school and all the organisations and clubs you might belong to. Look through some of your past mail to check whether you have left anyone out.

It is also a legal obligation to change your address on your driver's license and on the Electoral Roll. Also make sure you cancel or redirect any deliveries such as milk, newspapers and so on.

And finally, don’t forget to give your friends and family your new mailing address. It is also advised you redirect your mail at your local post office in case you have forgotten anyone.

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Moving House - the logistics

When hiring a removalist, make sure you shop around. Movers do not need to have a licence so check carefully that the firm seems professional and responsible.

Once you have made the decision to buy a new home or sell your existing place, there are many logistical matters you must take into account when actually moving your belongings from one location to another.

One thing to consider is whether to hire a removalist or do it yourself. Professional removalists can be expensive, but if you have a lot to transport and little experience in moving, they are a very good idea.

When hiring a removalist, make sure you shop around. Movers do not need to have a licence so check carefully that the firm seems professional and responsible. Get a written quote from all the companies you approach and check whether the removalist has insurance in case they damage or lose your goods.

If you decide to do it yourself, you will generally need to rent or borrow a truck. Truck rental companies have a variety of sizes, so you'll have to estimate how much space you'll need. Keep in mind that some truck sizes require special licenses. Also take into account the distance you are moving. If your new property is close by, you may be able to use a smaller truck but make several trips. If you are moving far away, you may need to take everything in one go and this may require a large truck or maybe two or three smaller ones. You will also need to coerce family and friends to help you!

When packing your possessions in preparation for the move, filter through all your belongings and throw out or sell junk that you no longer use. Make sure you clearly label all your boxes by contents and room, and wrap breakables individually in newspaper. For bigger items, you can wrap them in a quilt or a blanket.

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