Moving House Checklist and Tips

We are in the middle of our 5th 6th house move in 7 8 years so are well practiced! It occurred to me while ticking off things that I needed to do that I should document the process both for my own benefit (we may move again!) and for the benefit of others. I’d like to present a list of things like Addresses you might need to change, how and who to contact to change them, etc..

Address Updates:

You will probably need to contact the following a week or 2 before your move in order to change your address details on file. I’ve included the organization/bill name, how to contact them and other relevant details beside each listed item. (This list is based on my own utility setup and might not include all companies.)

  • Bank of Ireland Bank Accounts/Visa/Loans – You’ll need to visit your home branch or put details in a letter (Company headed paper for Business accounts).
  • Permanent TSB – Over the phone.
  • House/Car Insurance – Phone as close to moving day as possible. You may be able to change your details online too.
  • Car Tax/NCT – Send in your amended License certificate (VLC). Changes will automatically go to the NCT office within a week or 2.
  • ESB/Airtricity – Ring in meter reading and close old account the day you move out of old house. Ring in readings and open new account in new house soon as you move in. You may need MPRN numbers for this.
  • Eircom/Broadband – Ring in to move your account. Takes about a week to switch on a line in the new house and activate broadband. You will loose your phone number if you’re switching exchanges.
  • O2/3/Vodafone/Mobile – Should be able to change online or ring.
  • Tesco Clubcard – Phone or email.
  • Sky – Phone in details. You might have to install equipment at the new address and update your landline with them.
  • Health Board/Hospital/Doctor – Phone in new details.
  • Oil/Gas – Phone in details. You may also have to give meter readings in old and new addresses and open/close accounts.
  • Vets/Dog licenses – Phone vets with new details to receive immunization notices. An Post issue dog licence reminders so contact them or the local council.
  • Pet Microchip Details – update yours and your pets details on www.Fido.ie
  • Revenue/Tax – Phone or post in details to your local tax office.
  • TV License – Email or phone your local head post office.
  • Electoral Register – You should be able to check details online and email or ring in address changes.
  • Life Insurance – Phone the insurance company or your bank if with them as part of a mortgage.
  • Business – Update your address with all clients who have outstanding bills.
  • Website – If you’re in business and have a website don’t forget to update your contact details anywhere they appear online (Google yourself!).
  • eBay/Paypal – If you use either of these services, it’s very important you change your address quickly to receive goods and payments.

Tips:

  • Dump stuff you don’t need before moving (we will definitely do this next time!).
  • Write out a list of things to do well in advance of moving.
  • Change to paperless billing to make address changes less required.
  • Start picking up cardboard boxes from local shops well in advance.
  • Book your van and help if required a few weeks before. Having a van is invaluable and not too expensive.
  • Move essential stuff like beds, food, etc.. last.
  • Clean the old house if rented as best you can to improve the chances of getting your deposit back!

Hope this all helps.

Leon.

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16 thoughts on “Moving House Checklist and Tips”

  1. I’m moving house in 8 weeks time and found this really helpful. You know that feeling when you don’t know where to start!!! Big thank you.

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  2. Moving house is very stressful.Thanks for sharing these tips.My friend is shifting to new place.She has pets with her.How can pets be shifted to that place.She has a van,But pets can not be loaded on this van easily.so i am  searching best service for my pets.Suggest me some idea.

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  3. Moving a house is one of the hardest things i’ve ever know, it can make us stressed, gives us a lot of jobs, worries us especially in having a new neighborhood, but you know to lessen are worries and stress today there are what we called house mover, which can help us to transfer/ move are items in different place in less worries and very safe, that’s why i’m so glad because it can help a lot of people especially those people who want to lessen their job in transferring in a new home

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  4. A little something to add, make sure that all bill, gas, electric, phone and internet …or sky etc is sorted before you move in. I know a few who have left things that they need straight away untill after they’ve moved in and it can get stressful if the company cannot provide you with it straight away.

    Nice post!

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  5. Hi Leon,
    I have recently moved to Leitrim, Leckaun. I’ve been researching my broadband options with very little joy. Can you recomend a provider?
    Go Raibh Mile Maigh Agat!
    Dec

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    1. Hey, welcome to Leitrim Dec!

      I think that’s way up North Leitrim yes?

      You might be a little stuck for a broadband provider so. If you are within 3 miles of Dromahair you might get it from Eircom otherwise, try 3, O2 or Vodafone or maybe Last Mile or Groupnet.

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