If you are buying a new house but don’t like its name, then you may be right to change it, as it could actually end up de-valuing your property. Names are very important, as they evoke an emotional reaction in humans and can often play a part in how much a buyer likes a property.
You may have a lovely little home called Daisy Cottage, but rename that home to Beetle Barn and it will be perceived completely differently. Properties with traditional names are good as they tend to make people think of the history a house might have, creating a sense of culture.
So if you don’t like the name of your home, here is how you can change it:
Choose a New Name
It is important to choose something that fits in with your surroundings and the type of house you live in. For example, don’t re-name your terrace house Riverbank Manor if you don’t live anywhere near the river and your house is actually quite small.
Do some research on different names and what they mean – there are lots of different websites out there that have lists of famous house names, common house names, and names that stick to a common theme, so check them out before deciding.
Write to Your Council
The first step is to write to the highway or engineers department of your local council telling them that you want to change the name of your home and what your first choice would be. This way they can check if any other houses in the area have the same name.
If your house currently has a number, you can’t change that number or swap it for a name, but if you want your house to have a name, then it could have a number and a name. If you turn one residence into two, then you can add a letter to a number.
Once your new name has been approved, the highways department will most likely let the Royal Mail know, but just to make sure your details are updated email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You also need to register the change of name with Land Registry and tell your local Council Tax Department. Write to any utility providers you use, inform the Electoral Roll and don’t forget to tell your bank, doctors, dentist etc. too.
Make sure that once your house name has been changed it is still registered as a residential address. The majority of mail order companies will not deliver post to a business address.
It is also a good idea to speak to your postman when he comes round and let him know about the name change. Give him a piece of paper with the old address on and write down what the new address will be.
Tell the Emergency Services
Let the ambulance and fire services know that you are changing the name of your house, as the last thing you want is to be in an emergency and they be unable to find your house now it has a new name.
Put out some visible signs with both the old and new names on, so that your neighbours and other locals can get used to the new name and start to associate it with your property.
There are going to be lots of different people that will need telling about your name change, so sit down and write a list and methodically go through them one by one – it will be worth it when you’re done.
Try not to change the name of a house that is over one hundred years old, as these houses are historical and it is nice to try and preserve the history and stories that come with it.
You also need to be aware that there may be quite a hefty fee that comes with changing the name of your property.
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