Moving can be a stressful time, and it can be difficult to remember everything you need to do. We have created a helpful checklist to help ensure you have everything covered.
[ ] Removals: For a stress-free move, you might wish to instruct a professional removals company. Compare my move are a leading provider of competitive removal quotes
[ ] End of tenancy cleaning: To protect your deposit from deductions, you must ensure that you leave your current home in the same clean condition as when your tenancy started. Nationwide UK Cleaning are a one-stop-shop, for end of tenancy cleaning, including oven and carpet cleaning
[ ] Updated the council and utilities: You should contact the council with details of your tenancy end date and your new tenancy start date and let the utility companies know the final/opening meter readings
When you move, unless your utility bills are included in your rent, you are entitled to choose who supplies you. You can find the best value suppliers via comparison sites such as Uswitch or comparethemarket
[ ] Update the benefits office: If you claim any benefits, you must contact the appropriate benefit office(s) with your new address details
[ ] Update suppliers/changed suppliers: You will need to contact your current suppliers for Phone/broadband/TV to advise them that you are moving. You may have the option to transfer your supply to the new address, or alternatively, may wish to set up new contracts. Many providers, such as Sky, Virgin and BT, offer great deals for new customers
[ ] Update insurers: You must inform any insurers of your change of address in order to ensure that any policies you have remain valid at all times. You will also need to ensure that you have adequate contents insurance for your new property. You can get competitive quotes from a range of suppliers at comparison sites such as gocompare
[ ] Update driving licence: You can be fined if you don’t tell the DVLA when your address changes. It’s free to change the address on your driving licence. Click here to change your details online
[ ] Arranged post redirection: The post office need at least 5 working days to set up your redirection, but they recommend applying at least 4 weeks before your move if possible. Apply online here
[ ] Register with local healthcare providers: If you are moving out-of-area, you may need to find new healthcare service providers (doctor, dentist etc)
[ ] Tenancy agreement: You should be given the opportunity to read the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement before being asked to sign. If you have any queries or concerns about the content of the tenancy agreement, you should consult a solicitor, the citizens advice bureau or your local housing advice centre. You should also be provided with copies of the EPC, gas safety certificate and how to rent checklist
[ ] Arrange rent and deposit payments: You must ensure you have transferred the rent and deposit to the landlord/agent’s nominated account. This will need to be received as cleared funds before your tenancy starts.
[ ] Arrangements for an emergency: The landlord may provide you with details of who to contact in the case of an emergency. This may be themselves, or a third party (such as British gas or homeserve, who offer landlord-specific policies to landlords)
[ ] Inventory and schedule of condition: The landlord/agent may provide you with a copy of the inventory and schedule of condition. If you have any comments to make about the content of the inventory or additions/amendments, you must raise this promptly with the landlord/agent
[ ] Deposit protection: Once lodged, you will be sent a copy of the prescribed information which tells you where your deposit is held. This should be provided to you within 30 days of the deposit being received by the landlord/agent