Are you moving and now you’re faced with having to change your address and don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we’re here to help!
We know that in addition to packing all of your belongings and planning the move, you will also need to consider informing all your service providers about your new address.
As such, we wanted to provide you with a change of address checklist so that you can figure out where to start and so that we can provide you with an easier moving experience!
The Post Office
A great place to start when changing your address is the post office! By changing your address, you will be able to get any mail sent to your old place forwarded to you for 12 months. It is recommended to do this a week in advance.
Federal and State Tax Agencies
The IRS has an online form that you can fill out, which will notify them of your new address change. Each state tax agency will have a different procedure as well, but their instructions may be found online as well.
Social Security Administration
In order to continue to receive any social security benefits, the SSA will also need notification of your new address. They also have an online application that can be accessed easily in order to inform them of your new address so there isn’t a gap in receiving you benefits.
Gas and Electric
Once you have a confirmation on your closing date for your new home or if you’re renting and know your move in date, transfer the gas and electric with those dates in mind in order to avoid a service interruption before you’ve moved in.
Phone, Cable, and Internet
The internet is a must have after you’re all moved and settled in! So, make sure to let your internet providers know of your change of address. Don’t forget your cell phone service provider as well!
There might be other utilities that you should keep in mind when moving into your new home. This may include, water department, sewer utility company, and garbage and recycling company. So, make sure to check in with the seller or landlord in order to get the service company information to change in to your name.
Home or Renters’ Insurance
Be sure to let your home or renters’ insurance agency know where they need to transfer your policy to. It’s also a good idea to ask your insurance provider if they cover items in transit, just in case there are any issues.
Auto Insurance and Driver’s License
Contact your auto insurance agency to update your address. Also change your driver’s license address with the RMV. Visit the Registry of Motor Vehicles or check online to change your address.
If you get paid by your employer through a direct deposit system, you should still consider letting your employer know that you have changed your address. This will ensure that other important documents like tax forms and your pay stubs are delivered to your new address.
Your Bank and Credit Card Company
Many times, you can make this change online, so try your online banking system first in order to update your address or give your bank a call to get assistance in doing so.
Health Insurance Providers
Health insurance, dental insurance, car insurance, and life insurance should definitely have your new address. This is the best way for them to be able to continue to send you any medical bills or new insurance cards.
Magazines and Subscription Services
If you are subscribed to any magazine orders or a newspaper delivery, it’s a good idea to let them know ahead of time as well!
Online Shopping Sites
Websites like Amazon and eBay are very user friendly when a customer news to update their shipping details. Make sure that you remember to update your address before making your next purchase after you move so that the packages don’t get delivered to your former address. Switching now will save you time and money in the long run!
Individual Service Providers
If you will stay in your current area and will not need referrals to other medical professionals, then it’s a good idea to let your current doctor, dentist, veterinarian, etc. know about your new address.
Friends and Family
Finally, make sure that your friends and family know of your new home so that they can make sure to visit!
Changing your address might take some effort, but it’s much easier to take care of it beforehand. At Movementum Realty, we know that this might seem like a daunting task, but it’s even more work to track down lost items or be faced with unpaid bills.