Everything you need to know when you move into your new home

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When we make that purchase and finally move in there is no guide or handbook to help you, you are on your own!  Know where everything is and who is responsible for it.

  • Register your move with your local authority (provide details of old address and new one if not done so already). If you are a single person you should receive 25% discount.
  • Locate your Gas meter (and supplier) and take/submit a reading.
  • Locate your Electricity meter (and supplier), take and submit a reading.
  • Locate your water meter (if one installed) (and know who supplies your water).
  • Know who supplies your water, get in contact, submit a meter reading if meter installed.
  • Get a second set of keys cut for front and back doors and windows.
  • Locate your water stop cock check it is working properly.
  • Check there are no leaks in bathroom/kitchen under the sink.
  • Contact your freeholder (if you have purchased a flat) and get a copy of your buildings insurance policy.
  • Have the boiler serviced (if no paperwork with the appliance).
  • Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector  Place it next to your boiler.
  • Install a smoke Alarm.
  • If you have a dog or cat, check that the garden doesn’t contain poisonous plants.

Inform people and companies of your move by using this handy table:

Entity Date
Friends and family
Home Insurance Companies
Bank/Building Society
Credit Card Companies
HMRC (Inland Revenue)
Your Employer
Post Office (if re-directing post)
Electricity Supplier
Gas Supplier
Water Supplier
Council Tax
Satellite and internet providers
Mobile/Landline provider
TV Licensing
Pension Company
Credit card company
Pension Companies
Optician
Doctor
Dentist
DVLA
Vehicle Insurance Companies
Vehicle Registration
AA/RAC/Breakdown company
School/College/University
Library
Subscriptions (magazine etc)
Milk Man
Gym/Sports Club