Amidst the stress of planning your removal to Torbay, it is easy to forget to notify necessary individuals, companies, and government bodies about your change of address. To avoid additional stress and risk of identity fraud, below is a helpful checklist of who to notify.

As soon as you know that you will be moving to Torbay, compile a list of who to contact. Certain companies, such as your energy provider, may require a certain amount of notice to be able to implement changes.

At least 2 weeks before the move

Broadband and landline providers: Inform your cable/satellite and internet providers of your move to avoid last minute cancellation fees. Moving house is a good opportunity to shop around for better deals.

Utility providers: Contact your gas, electricity, and water suppliers as early in advance as possible to avoid extra charges and bills. In addition, schedule a shutoff for these services at your old address and make sure you have made the necessary arrangements for your new home. You should also take a final metre reading when you leave your property.

Schools: If you have children, you should tell their schools well in advance that you are moving. This helps the school keep their database up to date in case they need to contact you.

Employer: Inform your employer that you are moving as they will need to update their records for payroll purposes.

Mobile network operators: Notify your mobile network operator of your new address so that they can send you your phone bills on time.

Regular subscriptions or deliveries: Inform your daily service providers such as milk delivery or newspaper that you will be changing address.

Once you’ve arrived at your new home

Councils: You should notify us about your move for council tax purposes. It is easy to do this either in writing, via email, online, over the phone, or in person.

Tell us about a change of address

Electoral Register: When you move, you also need to update your registration details to enable you to vote; you need to do this online at:- Register to Vote to update your details. If you don't register you may not be able to vote in upcoming elections or referendums, and it may affect your credit rating.

Banks: Any banks, credit companies, and other financial institutions where you are registered need to be informed of your new address shortly before moving or immediately after you move. Forgetting this may put you at risk of identity fraud.

Landlords: If you live in a rented property, you should review your rental agreement and notify your landlord of your intentions to move out by the specified time. Typically, you are required to give at least 30 days notice.

Insurance companies: To make sure that your insurance is valid, you should let your home or renters’ insurance provider know of your move and make necessary arrangements for your new property.

Car and motor vehicle services: If you drive, you should tell the DVLA, your vehicle insurance, vehicle registration, and breakdown recovery company that you are moving before your move date to help prevent car insurance issues.

Health services: Inform your pet’s veterinary surgery, your doctor, dentist, or optician that you are moving. If you are moving outside of the catchment area of your local practice, you may have to register with a new surgery.

Friends and family: Contact your friends and family and let them know you are moving to ensure that you do not miss out on birthday or Christmas cards.

Clubs and organisations: If you have a membership at any recreational clubs e.g. gyms, golf clubs, etc., notify the organisation of your new address so that you stay connected. If you are registered at your local library, let them know too.

Post Office: Contact your local Post Office to help you organise your post as they can redirect it for you. Fill out the form on the Post Office website and the change should be implemented within 10 days.

Even after moving, you should keep an eye on your post for a few weeks. If you do not receive the letters or bills that you would expect, contact the company or organisation to make sure that they have updated your address. If you follow this checklist then you should have everything in order as soon as possible after moving into your new home in Torbay.

Following this checklist will help guarantee that your move goes completely to plan.