Notifying People Before You Move to a New Place
There are so many things to do during the moving process: getting boxes and packing materials, renting a truck, using professional moving services, and so on. In addition, you have to inform important people and places about your new address. We are happy to share the list of who you should inform about the change of your address before you go.
The post office can forward your mail from the old address to new one for 12 months. You can change the address online, and set a start date. It is better to do it no less than one week before your scheduled moving day.
Notify your state tax agency and federal revenue agency about your new address. The IRS have an online form to be filled out. As to the state tax agency, their website has detailed directions what to do. These days, it can be easily handled online.
Electric, Gas, and other utilities
When you know the exact moving date and a new address, take care about this one to avoid unpleasant heating and electricity situations. When you move out, the end of the moving day is when the services need to be shut off in your old place. Arrange for the local services in your new place to start the services at the beginning of your moving in date, or even a day before.
Thus, you will save yourself from having no electricity in your new house for a day or two after moving in, especially when you’re move-in day is scheduled for Friday evening. Make sure to inform the water department, recycling or garbage company, sewer utility company. It depends on what sorts of utilities you are responsible for.
Cable, phone, and internet
You should inform these services as soon as possible, so that you don’t have to go through information and Internet detox on your very first days of stay in the new place. Make sure to inform your cell phone provider to have their bills send at your new address.
The home insurance agency should be informed about your new address, so that they can send you the policy. In case of the renters’ insurance, some companies may need proof of transfer before your moving-in date. You should also find out about covering items in transit. Your belongings may be already protected during the move. Otherwise, a moving insurance may be needed.
Bank and credit card company
Contact your bank and credit card company and ask whether you can change your address online. Pay attention to all your loyalty programs with certain stores.
Even if you know that your paychecks are deposited right to your bank account, it is better to tell your employer your new address. In this case, you will be confident that all tax forms, and pay stubs will be sent to the right place.
Agencies providing health insurance, car insurance, dental insurance, and life insurance should be notified, as well. If your health insurance is provided through the federal marketplace, go to Healthcare.gov and follow the instructions for informing about the address change.
Different financial agencies
If you use financial services, such as PayPal, a credit union, investment account holder, and others, let them know about your new address, so that you will be always notified about important things. Loan providers should also be informed about your new address.
Subscription services and magazines
Call the customer department of magazines and other subscription boxes you are signed up for, and state your new address. You want to be notified about special offers and season sales, right?
Make a list of the frequently used online shops, and change the address on each of them. Ordering on eBay and Amazon is very simple and doesn’t always require you to check your delivery address before proceeding to checkout. If you want to receive your order to your new address, make sure that you have changed it in your profiles on the sites. This will help you avoid the headache and possible issues with your new orders.
Veterinarian, dentists, doctors, and others should know your new address. If you stay in this area, they may need to mail important papers to you. If you’re leaving the area, they might help you find specialists to replace them.
Organizations and clubs
You may be involved in different charities, clubs, or organizations, and they have to know your new address to reach you at any time. It also includes such places as Sam’s Club or Costco.
Family and friends
This group of people important for you should be informed, as well. You can send a mass email with your new address, or you may choose to send change of address cards, which are somewhat more sentimental.
Changing the address is time-consuming, yet it is better taken care in advance, so that you don’t miss an important mail. When you change the address in your bank, make sure to update the billing address for any services that send you bills through that account. Bear in mind that tracking your lost items causes so many troubles and nerves. So change your address now to avoid any worries in the future.