Notify the DVLA
If you drive a car, it’s important to inform the DVLA that you have moved – because if you fail to do so, you could face a fine of up to £1,000. So you’ll need to update the address on your driving licence, and amend the details on your vehicle’s log book (VC5). And if you pay your road tax by direct debit, you’ll also need to update your billing address.
Notifying your motor insurance provider of your new address should be a priority too, and it’s also a good time to review your policy details. For example, if your existing policy states that you park your car on the road overnight, but your new home has secure off-road parking, your insurer will want to know, as it may affect your premiums.
Register with a new GP
Signing up at a local GP’s surgery and dental clinic may not seem a priority when you’re in the chaos of mid-move. But if you forget to do so, you’ll regret it next time you get a tooth-ache and you realise you no longer have a dentist. And registering with a new GP is particularly important if you have regular prescription medication.
Moving home is often triggered by another major life event, like getting married, having a family, or changing jobs. So it’s a good time to review your life insurance in case your requirements and those of your family have changed.
Change the locks
The cost of changing the locks when you move to a new home can be an unwelcome burden, but not doing so could severely compromise your security. Sure, the vendor is obliged to hand over all their keys, but how many other people also have copies? What about previous occupants, the estate agent, friends and family of the vendors, and even neighbours? The only way to make sure no one else has access to your home is to have new locks fitted to all external doors.