As if packing for a move weren’t enough, when you decide to move you have to notify a long list of people and places of your address change.
It’s amazing how many companies have to know how to get a hold of you. In fact, some may deny you services if they don’t have your correct contact information, so making sure you get the word out that you are moving can be very important. Here’s a good list to start with.
If you are moving and currently leasing, you need to notify your landlord. Make sure to check your lease to see how much notice you’re required to give before moving out. Most of the time it’s 30 days, but some are as long as 60 days. You don’t want to sign a lease at a new place only find out you’re still stuck in your current one.
Telling your work about your move ranks pretty high on the list of who to notify you’re moving. Your employer is responsible for reporting to the IRS and you want to make sure your tax information is correct or it will cause hardships later on. Also, your employer will need to report your address for payroll, benefits, and other HR purposes.
3. Post office
It seems there’s always a period in which companies still send your mail to your old address, even though you’ve already given them your new one. Or there’s always at least one contact you forget to notify. This is why it is important to tell the post office of your move. The USPS will make sure your mail is forwarded to the correct address so you don’t miss anything. You can submit your change of address online or go directly to the post office.
Your information at the bank needs to be correct and up-to-date. Banks send you monthly financial statements, mail you an ATM card if lost, receive your direct deposits from work or cash your paychecks. You’re connected to your bank in so many ways, you probably don’t realize it. Your bank holds your money and you want to make sure nothing stands in your way of accessing your funds.
5. Utility companies
There are several reasons to notify your utility companies. First, you will want to disconnect services at your old residence. Next, you will want to set up your new services. But in addition to these very important reasons, you need utility bills with your name listed as proof that you have moved for the Motor Vehicle Division and other companies. Remember, utilities are more than gas, electricity, waste, and water. They may also include your cable and internet provider and phone company.
6. Driver’s license
You have to use your driver’s license for much more than driving a car. It’s one of your main forms of identification. When you pick up an online order, register your car, show proof of residency, apply for a loan, and so much more, you’re typically asked to show your driver’s license to prove who you are and where you live.
Sometimes if the address on your license doesn’t match the address on your account or on file, all activity will be ceased until you get the information updated. You can’t even get on a plane without a correct driver’s license. All it takes is a quick trip to the Motor Vehicle Division. Just make sure to bring the documents needed to prove you moved. Don’t forget to update your motor vehicle registration while you’re there.
7. Insurance companies
You’ll probably need to notify several different insurance companies of your move. Even though you’ve told your employer you’re moving, it will most likely be your responsibility to fill out the forms to let your health and dental insurance providers know as well. Don’t forget to update your home or renter’s insurance, car, boat, personal property, life and any other type of insurance you currently carry.
8. Everyone else
If you’re a member of a gym, they’ll need to know you’ve moved. In some cases, you may be able to transfer your membership to a location closer to your new place. If you have kids in school, they need your new address as well. If your children have to change schools, the previous district will need to know you’ve moved so that you will not be suspected of truancy. If you have credit cards or loans, you need to inform your creditors. Forgetting to update the information is not an excuse for paying your bills late.
When thinking about who you need to notify that you are moving, the best thing to do is write a list. It can be a handy tool in remembering who you need to contact and who you can check off once you’ve updated them.