Part 3: Bills Bills Bills
We all hate them but they are a necessity of life. This post is dedicated to those pesky pieces of paper that slip through your letter box demanding money from you. I can’t stress how important it is that you have your bills organised before you move home. The tenant who lived in the flat before me decided not to pay his final gas bill. There is not a week that goes by that I don’t get a phone call or letter from debt collectors asking for him. I’ve even had a few dodgy visitors at the door looking for him. I can only imagine that they want to break his legs.
So, make sure you know what you have to pay and who you have to pay it too before you leave. If you’re a hoarder like me you will have bills from 2008 – 2013 stashed away in a binder so it will be simple enough to get your affairs in order (you won’t die at the end of it though). If not, in the weeks leading up to your move keep a hold of every bit of paper that comes through the door. Take a note of them and contact the company to give them your new address.
Bare in mind that it’s not just bills that you will have to do this for… Reward schemes (like Tesco and Boots) will continue to send your club card statements and offers to your current address. I’m sure you don’t want to miss out on 500 free points the next time you pop into Boots so log into these accounts and change the addresses on them too!
Do you have any magazine or other subscriptions that get delivered to your door? I receive a Birchbox every month and you can bet your aunt fanny that I’m not letting the new tenant of my flat get their hands on my goodies! That will be getting changed pronto!
One that some people forget is your TV Licence. I know it’s an absolute chore but you must have a TV licence blah blah blah. The good news is that the licence can travel with your to any property! Just call them up and register it at your new address then you will not need to live in fear of that terrible knock at the door :O
When you have your confirmed move-out date tell your electricity and gas providers. Make sure you take clear meter readings and give these to the respective companies. You may also be required to pass these along to your letting agent or landlord too. Tell your local council that you will be leaving the property and then you will not go into arrears for not paying your council tax (another thing that the previous tenant did). Debt collectors are not friendly people.
Finally, if you’re like me the thought of no internet for a prolonged period of time might fill you with fear and dread. Be proactive and contact your new landlord/previous owner and ask them which company they used to provide phone and internet to the property. If it’s the same as the one that you’re currently using it might be as simple as telling the company that you’re moving and then just plugging in your box. If you want to keep your current provider, give them a call and get an idea of how easy it will be for you to move everything across. Try to give the company at least 2 weeks’ notice as that is roughly the amount of time that it takes for them to switch everything over.
So, there you have it! To wrap up this post, here is a handy check list of all the things you might need to change to your new address! you can click on the image and save it to your device, or print it out for quick reference 🙂
I hope this has been another helpful instalment of The Moving Series! If you’re going through a move, give me a shout in the comments down below or on Twitter.