Before you move out of a property, make some preparations:
Moving out of rented accommodation
Visit our new renting subsite to find out what you should do when you end your private rented tenancy
Tell the gas, electricity and telephone companies
Make sure you tell the electricity or gas company and telephone company that you're leaving the property so they can send you a final bill. You should let them know at least 48 hours before you leave.
Your landlord may ask you to prove that you've paid the final bills before you move out.
Don't ask for the services to be disconnected. If you are leaving rented accommodation, your landlord will then have to pay to have them reconnected and may take the money out of your deposit. If someone is buying your home, they will have to pay to have the services reconnected, which will be expensive and inconvenient for them.
Get your post redirected
Make sure everybody has your new address and telephone number so they can contact you. To save time, register at I Am Moving. This website has a large database of utilities suppliers, store cards, government offices and other companies, and can notify them of your change of address for you, free of charge.
You can also arrange to have your post redirected to your new address by contacting Royal Mail.
Arrange your move
If you are moving a short distance and don't have many possessions, you could move everything yourself, with a few friends to help and a rented van. However, if you have many belongings or are not physically fit to carry a sofa up four flights of stairs, you may want to consider hiring a professional firm.
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