I’m about to move: who needs to know?

When you move home, it’s important to let people know your new address so records can be updated and your post arrives to the right place. To help ensure you don’t miss anyone, we’ve outlined the main parties who will need to know your updated details ahead of moving day:

Two to four weeks before the move

Friends and family

The bank
Don’t forget to transfer your account to a branch near your new home

Credit/store cards
Fill in the change of address section of your statement when returning it with your payment and also notify any card protection insurers

Standing orders/direct debits
Give your new address to companies to which you pay standing orders, or with which you have a hire purchase agreement or loan.

Stocks and shares
Notify your stockbroker or each individual company registrar.


Royal Mail
Set up mail redirection to your new home.

Broadband provider

Landline provider

TV Licensing

Your doctor, dentist and optician
De-register and research alternatives nearer to your new address. Liaise with your hospital if undergoing regular treatment.


Pension scheme
Advise your local Post Office or private scheme of your change of address.

Notify your broker or individual insurance companies.

Council tax and electoral registration
Notify relevant authorities in both your current area and the area you are moving to regarding council tax and electoral registration.

Notify any organisations, clubs or charities to which you subscribe of your new address.

Notify schools of your leaving date and advise the new schools as soon as possible.

One week before the move

Electricity and gas
Contact your energy suppliers to advise the date you will be moving, giving at least 48 hours’ notice.

At least 48 hours’ notice is required by your existing and your new authority to disconnect and reconnect supply.

Ready to move? Contact Pickfords for a free removals estimate, or request a callback today.

Infographic: Bluffers’ guide to moving home

Moving home can be a daunting prospect, particularly if it’s your first time. But as with any significant life event, a bit of foreknowledge and planning can go a long way to easing those pre-move nerves.

To help you prepare for your move, our bluffer’s guide infographic takes you through the whole process, including what you need to do leading up to the day, and what to expect from your removal company:

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Pickfords, the UK’s largest removals and storage company, helps 30,000 customers move home every year. To find out more, visit our website or request a callback today.

Moving to China: what you need to know

One of the world’s largest economies, the People’s Republic of China is a popular destination for experienced professionals across a number of industries, including manufacturing, engineering, pharmaceuticals, technology and finance. Many are also drawn in by the country’s rich history and a fascinating culture that offers a stark contrast to typical Western sensibilities.

So if you’re looking for a new opportunity coupled with a unique cultural experience, what’s required to emigrate to the PRC, and what can you expect once posted there?

Entry requirements

You will need a visa to enter China. Make sure you don’t overstay, as the authorities conduct regular checks. For stays longer than six months, you must produce a health certificate, including an HIV blood test, and you may need to apply for a Residence Permit. Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of your visa application.

You must register your place of residence with the local Public Security Bureau within 24 hours of arrival.


At 1.381 billion, China is the highest populated country in the world, though population density varies considerably between the western and northern part and the highly populated eastern region. Overall density is far lower than much of the world due to the country’s relatively large land mass.

Over 91% of the population is Han Chinese, and although the government is officially atheist and most consider themselves irreligious, historically Confucianism, Taoism and Chinese Buddhism have a significant role in shaping the culture.


Mandarin, China’s official language, is spoken by around 70% of the population, while the remainder speak one of the country’s nearly 300 living languages. While there is growing interest in the English language, it is not yet widely spoken across mainland China. English speakers can get by in the business world, but navigating shops, restaurants, etc is far easier with at least a working knowledge of Mandarin


Winters are typically cold and dry, while summers are warm and moist, although the country’s complex topography means the climate can differ significantly region to region.

Quality of life

According to InterNations, expats rate the quality of work opportunities and salaries highly, although this is countered by the growing cost of living and increased working hours. Healthcare is considered poor, primarily due to high pollution levels, while childcare, public transport and personal safety are all viewed favourably.

With key partner offices in seven key locations across China, including Shanghai and Beijing, Pickfords relocates hundreds of expats to China every year. To find out how we can help you fulfil your expat dream, request a callback or contact us on 0800 019 8557.

New Australian customs regulations for vehicle shipping

The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service have recently published new rules for importing motor vehicles. For any vehicle being imported into Australia, Customs now requires a declaration completed stating that it does not contain any asbestos.

Most UK market vehicles manufactured since 1999 should comply if serviced solely through an authorised main dealer. However, owners must be absolutely sure that their vehicle is asbestos free and their declaration is completely correct, as very significant fines can apply to incorrect declarations. If you are unsure of the service or parts history, you should not ship the vehicle.

To be certain your vehicle will comply, you may wish to arrange a test through an ILAC asbestos testing facility.

For more information about shipping motor vehicles or household belongings to Australia, contact Pickfords free 0800 019 8556 or request a call back.

Moving to Canada: what you need to know

Canada has long been a favourite destination for UK expats. As the second largest country in the world, Canada has no shortage of things to do and places to go, boasting everything from stunning, snow-tipped mountains to bustling, metropolitan cities.

If you’re preparing for a move to The Great White North, here’s what to expect from the emigration process and expat life once you settle in:

Applying to work or study

British citizens applying to study or work in Canada will require an Eletronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly there. To study, you will need a study permit. Working in Canada may require a work permit depending on the type of work you intend to undertake.

Shipping your belongings

Once you have arranged accommodation in Canada, you will need to ship your belongings over using an international removals company. When your belongings are being shipped over, it is important to remember that in Canada you must be present in Customs in order to clear them – if not, they will be “held in bond” by the Customs Office.

Cost and quality of living

Canadian property is generally more affordable than in the UK and many other countries. Overall cost of living can also be lower, depending on the city you settle in.

At the time of writing, Canada is 2nd in the Social Progress Index, demonstrating a very high quality of living compared to the rest of the world, especially in access to education and healthcare and personal rights.


With much of its vast landmass uninhabited, Canada is among the world’s lowest in population density. While this varies across the country, even the most populated provinces are far more dense than much of the developed world.


Approximately 85% of Canadians speak English, although only 58% recognise it as their mother tongue. Much of Canada is French speaking, especially in Quebec, where it is the official language.


Canadian weather varies across the country and throughout the seasons, though winters can be harsh in many parts of the country, with temperatures sometimes dropping below -40°C in the interior and Prairie provinces. Snow can cover the ground for almost six months a year in noncoastal regions, and can persist year-round in parts of the north. On the east and west coasts, average high temperatures are generally in the low 20s °C, while some interior regions can exceed 40 °C in summer months.

See also: How does Canadian culture differ from the UK?

With partner offices in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver, Pickfords relocates hundreds of expatriates to Canada every year. To find out how we can help you fulfil your expat dream, visit our website or call 0800 019 8557.

BBC awards moving services Framework agreement to Pickfords Business Solutions

Following a formal and robust bid procedure lead by Martin Budd and Pat Hughes, Pickfords Business Solutions is proud to announce that the company has been awarded a place on the new moving services framework agreement issued recently by the BBC.

The BBC considered proposals from a large number of potential suppliers and following a rigorous and diligent selection process that covered a broad series of elements including; relevant experience, capabilities, innovation, commercials, quality controls to name just a few, Pickfords Business Solutions has been awarded a coveted place on the framework. The commercial moving team will be working with the BBC in a number of ways on its internal and external relocation programme across the UK and Ireland.

Head of Business Solutions Martin Budd said,

“We are delighted to have been awarded a place on the BBC framework and are looking forward to working collaboratively with the BBC to help the corporation achieve its workplace change projects over the next three years.”

Protecting your home, whatever the weather

The only guarantee with British weather is that it’s unpredictable. Whether you’ve recently bought a new property or are looking to sell your current one, it’s important to protect against extreme conditions, which can cause damage to your home at any time.

Here are our top tips for creating a weatherproof property:

Preparing for heavy rain

  • Deal with any leaks well in advance
  • Stock up on flood prevention, such as sandbags, hydro bags and flood barriers
  • Stock up on dehumidifiers and a water pump
  • Move valuable items off the floor and onto shelves, or into storage
  • Keep your wellies close to hand

Preparing for storms and hurricanes 

  • Invest in generators and portable heating
  • Invest in draught excluders and door and window seals
  • Check all roofing tiles and fence posts are secure
  • Lock all doors and windows securely, including the shed, garage and garden storage units

Preparing for snow and ice

  • Replace any cracked or chipped windows to prevent further damage from frozen temperatures
  • Prevent your pipes freezing by installing insulation and turning on the central heating on the lead up to winter
  • Grit the paths and pavements around your home

Ready to move home? Contact Pickfords for a free removals estimate, or request a callback today.