Moving in tips

We know there is a lot to do and think about when you move into your new home. Here are some tips to help you through it.

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  • Redirect post to your new address. Stray letters can increase the risk of ID fraud. Royal Mail has a postal redirection service. Charges apply.
  • Legally, you can’t open or throw away previous tenants’ post. Simply write ‘return to sender’ on the envelope and pop it back in the post box.
  • Register with local doctors, dentists and vets if you have pets.
  • Make sure you are claiming all your benefits, or phone our Money Advice Team for help.
  • Register and set up a water bill.
  • Shop around for cheaper utility bills. You will receive an energy welcome pack to help you.
  • Shop around for the cheapest phone and broadband providers.
  • Contact Bolton Council to check your Council Tax and any support you may be entitled to.
  • Report any repairs within the first two weeks to your repairs liaison officer.
  • Find the water stop valve so you can quickly turn off if necessary.
  • Find out when bin day is and ensure you recycle your rubbish.
  • Keep up to date with what’s going on by following Bolton at Home on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Register to vote on the electoral role. This also improves your credit rating.