When you’re preoccupied with important moving tasks, it’s easy to forget about notifying important people and institutions of your upcoming move and change of address. Failing to let all the right people know about your move can cause future hassles and troubles with your mail and accounts. Make moving easier by using this checklist of everyone you need to contact when moving.
Family and friends
Naturally, your relatives and close friends should be the first to know that you are about to move into a new house, if you’re moving somewhere nearby you can ask for their help with the moving process.
Unless you’re relocating to a different branch of your current company, you should inform your employer about your decision to move and leave your job as early as a month in advance. Remember that your old boss will need your new address to send you tax documents and insurance information at the end of the year.
If you live in a rental home, you should carefully review your tenant rights and responsibilities contained in the lease agreement. You will probably be required to notify your landlord of your intentions to move out at least 30 days in advance.
Changing your address with the United States Postal Service should be among your top priorities when moving to a new house, as it will help you avoid many troubles and inconveniences. To have your mail forwarded to your new place you only need to fill out a change of address request at your local post office or at the USPS official website.
To prevent service lapses and past-due bills you need to inform your service providers about your relocation plans. Arrange for the utilities at your old home to be disconnected on moving day, and have them reconnected at your new residence by the time you move in.
When you move out of state, you’ll have to transfer your driver’s license and update your vehicle’s registration and insurance within a short time frame.
Be sure to update your address with the local office of the Social Security Administration, the electoral register, and other relevant institutions.
The Internal Revenue Service will need your actual home address to mail your tax return, fiscal notes, and other documents. Print out and mail in the IRS’ Change of Address form soon after your relocation.
To keep your finances in order, you must update your bank accounts and inform credit card companies, stockbrokers, and other relevant financial institutions of your new address either prior to or shortly after your move.
The insurance agencies that provide your life, health, and homeowners insurance policies should have your current address on file.
Most of these can be changed relatively easy and in most cases, you will be able to change your mailing address online or a simple phone call. If you need more advice for moving or are looking to move and need help with the next step you can speak to a professional realtor here or call (407) 493-0719.