Changing Address: A Step-by-Step Guide

So you're finally out of student halls and into a shared flat. Or maybe your new job (and salary) means you can finally rent your own place. Whatever the reason you're moving house, you're going to have to change your address, and we're here to help you with this step-by-step guide. From when to start changing your address to who to tell that you've moved, we have all the information you'll need.

Changing Address A Step-by-Step Guide

When should you change addresses when moving?

Wondering when you should change addresses when moving? With so much to organise, it may seem like something to leave until after you’ve moved. However, some companies can take a while to register your change of address in their system, so you might want to sort it out before you’re in your new place.

That’s why a good first step is to check how long it will take each company to update your address and start from there. For instance, redirecting your post via Royal Mail can take a week to process. You can fill in the application up to six months before you move, so it’s best to update your address as soon as you know your move date. As a result, you won’t risk leaving it too late and missing important mail.

Where do you need to change your address

Where do you need to change your address?

Next, you need to decide who you need to contact about your new address. Some companies you need to notify will be more important than others. When putting together a checklist of who to inform of your change of address, think about listing them in order of priority. This will depend on who they are and how long it’ll take to update them.

There are a bunch of potential addresses to change when moving, but these are the key ones:

  • Royal Mail – while you get organised, it can be useful to redirect your post from your old address to your new one. It can cost a fee, but it’s worth paying for a short period while you change your address at various companies and authorities so your mail doesn’t go missing.
  • Insurance companies – it’s important to update your address with your providers because your house and contents insurance premium will depend on where you live.
  • GP – depending on how far you’re moving, you’ll either want to change your address at your local surgery or find a new one to register at. Other healthcare authorities you might want to notify include the dentist and optician. If you have pets, you may want to let the vet know that you’ve moved, too.
  • Utility providers – it can take up to 48 hours for energy providers to update your information, so you might want to let them know a couple of days before you move. That way, you won’t end up paying someone else’s water, gas or electricity bills. Depending on who you’re with, you could be charged for ending your contract, so perhaps see if you can move the same service to your next place.
  • Electoral roll – to ensure you can vote in local and national elections, it’s worth updating your details on the electoral roll.
  • Local authority – you’ll need to give your local authority your new address so you can pay council tax – and no, ‘forgetting’ to do it won’t get you off the hook!
  • Bank – you don’t want important financial information, like bank statements, ending up in the wrong hands, so it’s crucial to let your bank know that you’ve moved.
  • TV license – after a tiring day of unpacking boxes, you’ll want to be able to flop in front of the TV when you move in. You can let your TV licensing company know what date you’re moving in advance to make sure your new license starts from the day you get your keys.
  • Subscription services – if you’re subscribed to a vegetable box delivery or you have your razors sent to you each month, it’s a good idea to give the company enough notice of your new address so they don’t send your goods to your old property.
  • Online retailers – there’s nothing worse than realising you’ve ordered something to the wrong address. It can often be a faff trying to intercept the delivery. Instead, it’s worth updating your address with all your favourite retailers before you find that your parcel has ended up on the other side of the country.
  • Family and friends – with all the companies that you need to contact, don’t forget about your loved ones. You want to make sure they know where to send all those housewarming cards and presents.

Is it important to change your address?

You might be thinking – when so much is online these days, why do I have to change my address every time I move? There are a number of reasons why it’s important to change your address, including:

  • You won’t miss any vital information sent to you, like a hospital appointment.
  • Changing your address is a good way to prevent identity fraud.
  • You don’t want to pay for bills at an address where you no longer live.
  • It may affect your insurance, as companies often base their policies on your postcode. You don’t want to find out that your car insurance is invalid, so it’s a good idea to notify your provider in plenty of time.
  • You might not be sent discounts and vouchers from your loyalty cards – no one wants to miss out on a freebie.

Now you know when, how and why to change your address when you move. Want to make sure that your house move goes smoothly? Take a look at our guide to everything you need to know before you move.