If we’ve said it before, and we’ve said it a million times – the process of moving is hard. There’s so much to do, think about, and remember – and important reminders can often slip your mind, given the amount of stress that moving can create.
But it’s still very important to stay organized – especially when it comes to notifying people about your move. For legal, mail-related, and personal reasons, there are many people you’ll need to inform about your new address – and we’ve put together a comprehensive list, to help you focus on your move and aid you through the whole process.
Family And Friends
Naturally, you’ll want to start with friends and family. Most people will probably know you’re moving, but won’t know exactly where. Post some statuses on Facebook with your new address, send out e-mails, text messages, and calls when applicable – you’ll want your friends and loved ones to know where you live.
A housewarming party is a great way to do this for local friends and relatives, as they can see your home for themselves and figure out the location.
Your Employer (Old And New)
If you’re leaving a job, you’ll probably have given them your two-weeks notice, but they’ll also need your current address for your W2 and other tax/benefit forms, so inform them of your new address before you leave.
Naturally, if you’re leaving for a new job in the Bethesda, MD, area, you’ll want to inform your new employer of your address as soon as possible as well, as pay stubs and other important information will be delivered to you.
If you’re renting, you’ll want to make sure you can move out without breaking the lease, so read your rental agreement and learn how much notice you have to give. Inform your landlord about your move-out date with a written letter that includes your new address, in case your landlord has to get in touch with you to return a security deposit, or for any other reason.
The Post Office
The easiest way to ensure your mail isn’t delivered to the wrong address is to file an official change-of-address at the post office. This can be done in-person, through a postcard, or on the USPS website.
Your mail will be forwarded to your new address for up to a year, and magazines/other subscriptions for up to 60 days. This gives you plenty of time to inform all necessary parties about your change in address.
Contact water, sewer, trash, cable, internet, gas, and electricity companies – whichever are applicable – about your move.
Inform your old utility companies that you’re moving out so that you can discontinue service, and ensure that you’ve told your new utility companies about your planned move-in date, so that you can have all of your utilities totally set up once you move in.
Any relevant insurance agency (life, auto, home, renter’s, health, etc) will need to know about your address change to continue sending you important bills and notifications.
In addition, auto and home insurance policies may change in price depending on your destination, whether it’s Bethesda, MD, or across the country.
Most insurance agencies will allow you to change your address on their website, so this is usually a fairly simple operation.
You usually only have about 10-30 days to register your car and update your license after you move to a new state, so you’ll want to get in touch with the local DMV/BMV and get a new license and registration as soon as possible, updated with your new address.
It used to be quite the hassle to change your address with the IRS – and what isn’t a hassle with the IRS? – but it’s fairly easy to do nowadays. Just head over to the official IRS website, and fill out a “moving soon” form online. And that’s it!
Banks/Credit Card Companies/Financial Institutions
Any relevant bank, credit card company, or other financial institution will need your new address. Contact each one with your updated information by speaking to a representative in person, on the phone, or by visiting their respective websites.
If you have any serious health conditions, you’ll want to make sure that your doctor and your pharmacy are updated with your new address to ensure that you have no issues receiving medication and medical care.
Schools And Alumni Associations
Contact your alma mater about your address change, and any alumni or Greek life organizations that you were part of, about your address change, so that you can continue getting updates from your school and your preferred organizations.
Magazine/Newspaper/Organizational Newsletter Subscriptions
Any physical, mail-based organization that you subscribe to will need an updated address – magazines, newspapers, specialized newsletter organizations, religious centers – whatever you may be part of. The post office usually only forwards this kind of mail for about 60 days, so act quickly to ensure you don’t miss anything important.
If you are moving locally and would prefer to keep using the same plumber, electrician, and landscaping service – or other services like financial consultants and life insurance agents – you’ll want to alert them to your move, otherwise they may go to the wrong place on their next service call.
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