Who to Notify When You Move
It’s easy to forget things when you’re planning a move. One item to add to your to-do list is to send change of address announcements to family, friends, and businesses. This list of who to notify when you move will keep you from missing important information or not having your utilities turned on in time.
1. The Post Office is a Place to Notify When You Move
Putting in a change of address notice to the post office is at the top of the list for a reason. The post office can forward your mail to your new address or send return address information to senders.
2. Notify Your Employer When You Move
Notify your company’s HR department of your new address. Even if you are leaving your job as part of the move, they need this information to send tax information at the end of the year.
Schools are on the list of who to notify when you move. It doesn’t matter if you are moving inside the same district or moving to another area, your child’s school system needs his or her current address on file.
Turn off the electricity, water, cable, and other utilities at your old address a day after the move and turn the utilities on at your new address a day or two before the move. If you are moving to a new area, you may need to put down a deposit for the new utilities.
5. Medical Providers
Your doctors and dentists need your new address. If relocating means you need a new doctor, the old one will need the authorization to send your medical records. If you are staying with your current doctor, the office needs your new address for billing purposes.
6. Insurance Companies
Update your address with the insurance companies that cover your home, car, health, and life. You may need to transfer your homeowners or renters policy from one residence to the other. Car insurance rates may also change when you move. Health insurers need to know where you live for coverage purposes.
7. Bank and/or Credit Unions
Whether you use a local or online bank, update your mailing address with them. You may need to find a new bank if your old one doesn’t have an office near your new address.
8. Remember to Notify Credit Card Companies When You Move
Credit card companies may not be on the top of the list of who you want to notify when you move. However, it’s best to get them updated so you don’t miss a payment.
9. Retirement Plans
Your retirement accounts need to know when you move and if you are changing employers. You may have to roll over retirement funds from an old account to a new one as part of your big move.
10. Online Shopping Sites
If you shop online frequently, you may place an order and forget that you haven’t updated your shipping address. Change these addresses to avoid a misdirected order.
11. Clubs and Organizations
If you belong to any clubs or organizations, update your address with their membership coordinator so you don’t miss important information.
12. Family and Friends Should Be Notified When You Move
This one should be a no-brainer, but it’s easy to forget things in the midst of a move. Let loved ones know where you live so they can stay in touch with greeting cards and event invitations.