15 Places to Notify When Moving
There are a lot of things to remember when moving. One of the most important things to remember is notifying various organizations and entities of your change of address. Forgetting to call or update information will lead to missed bills or packages ending up at the wrong location. To save you the time of figuring out who to update on your own, we’ve compiled a list of who to notify when you move.
The Post Office
To update your address through the post office, simply visit their website. They will charge a $1 fee to verify your identity, but that’s a small price to pay for mail forwarding.
See if your bank has an online solution to changing your address. Bank statements can contain sensitive information, so it’s important that it is all sent to the right place.
If you are moving but staying at the same job, it’s still important to notify your HR department of your move. Even if your paychecks are direct deposit, things like tax forms or retirement statements may be sent through the mail. If you are moving and changing jobs, it’s still important to let your previous employer know of the change in case any paychecks or other documents still need to reach you.
Forgetting this step could cost you a lot of unnecessary money. Update your address with your electric, gas, and water company a few weeks before moving. Otherwise, you’ll end up paying the utilities of the new residents in your home. Depending on your living situation, you may also have to notify the sewer and garbage collector of your move as well.
Credit Card Companies
Similar to your bank, it’s important to update your address with your credit card company to avoid any sensitive information being sent to the wrong place. Plus, you don’t want to accidentally miss any statements.
Doctor, Dentist, other Healthcare Providers
To ensure that all medical bills are accounted for, make sure to notify all healthcare providers of your change of address. If you need to switch doctors or dentists, they may have someone they can refer you to.
Internet, Cable, and Phone company
Just like your other utilities, switching internet, cable, and phone service is important to avoid paying services you aren’t using. If you plan to keep the same provider, you will want to schedule an install for your new home.
It’s very important that you update your address with your cellphone carrier, as your residence determines the tax rates on your bill.
Before moving, make sure to notify all loan providers of your new address. Unfortunately, loans are not something you can move away from.
Online Shopping Accounts
Make sure to update your default address on any shopping accounts like Amazon. Otherwise, you’ll be waiting around for a package you ordered only to realize it went somewhere else.
It’s important to notify your home or renters’ insurance about your change of address so they know where they will need to transfer your policy. If you are renting, the landlord at your new place may require proof of insurance, so make sure to take care of this ahead of time. In addition to these insurance providers, make sure to also notify your health, dental, car, and life insurance agencies of your move.
If you are moving in-state, you will simply need to file a change of address with the DMV. Things get more complicated when you are moving out of state, as every state has its own deadline of when things such as your registration and license need to be changed. Check with your state’s DMV to understand the guidelines and requirements for updating your information.
After you move, make sure to update your voter registration so that your vote can be counted in any upcoming elections. Depending on where you live, your registration may be updated when you notify the DMV of your address change, but it is best to double-check.
When moving, it’s important to notify both federal and state tax agencies of your move. To notify the IRS, simply fill out this change of address form. Your state tax agency will likely have an online form that you can fill out as well. This form can typically be found on your state’s government website.
Social Security Administration
If you or someone in your household receives any social security benefits, it’s important to notify the SSA of your new address. Simply fill out their change of address form online.
By notifying these places of your change of address, you’re well on your way to being ready for your move. For more tips on moving, sign up for our once-monthly blog newsletter.