If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times: moving is a difficult process. There’s so much to do, think about, and remember – and critical reminders might easily slip your memory given the stress of moving.
Yet staying organized is still critical, especially when it comes to informing people about your move. There are many people you’ll need to notify about your new location for legal, mail-related, and personal reasons – and we’ve compiled a detailed list to help you focus on your move and guide you through the entire process.
Friends and family
You’ll want to begin with friends and family. Most people will know you’re moving, but they won’t know where. Post some status updates on Facebook with your new address, and send out e-mails, text messages, and phone calls as needed; you’ll want your friends and family to know where you reside.
A housewarming party is a terrific method to do this for local friends and relatives because they can see your home and figure out where it is.
Your Company (Old And New)
If you’re leaving a job, you’ve most likely given them two weeks’ notice, but they’ll also need your current address for your W2 and other tax/benefit forms, so let them know your new address before you leave.
Naturally, if you’re moving to Bethesda, MD, you’ll want to notify your new employer of your new address as soon as possible, as pay stubs and other crucial information will be given to you.
If you’re renting, you’ll want to be sure you can leave without breaking the contract, so read your lease and find out how much notice you have to give. Notify your landlord of your move-out date in writing, including your new address, in case your landlord needs to contact you to retrieve a security deposit or for any other reason.
The Postal Service
The simplest way to avoid having your mail sent to the wrong address is to file an official change-of-address form with the post office. This can be done in person, via postcard, or through the Postal website.
For up to a year, your mail will be forwarded to your new location, and magazines/other subscriptions will be forwarded for up to 60 days. This provides you plenty of time to notify all relevant parties of your address change.
Inform the water, sewer, trash, cable, internet, gas, and power companies about your relocation.
Notify your previous utility company that you’re leaving so that service may be terminated, and make sure you’ve informed your new utility company of your planned move-in date so that all of your utilities are fully operational when you arrive.
Any relevant insurance company (life, car, home, renters, health, etc.) will require notification of your address change to continue sending you critical bills and notifications.
Furthermore, the cost of vehicle and house insurance policies may vary based on where you live, whether in Bethesda, MD or across the country.
Most insurance companies will let you alter your address on their website, so this is usually an easy process.
The DMV and BMV
After moving to a new state, you normally only have between 10-30 days to register your car and update your license, so contact the local DMV/BMV as soon as possible to receive a new license and registration with your new address.
Changing your address with the IRS used to be a pain – and what isn’t a pain with the IRS? – Yet, it is rather simple to do nowadays. Simply go to the IRS website and complete an online “moving soon” form. That’s all there is to it!
Banks, credit card companies, and other financial institutions
Your new address will be required by any bank, credit card company, or other financial institution. Call each one and provide them with your updated information by interacting with a representative in person, over the phone, or by visiting their separate websites.
If you have any critical health concerns, make sure your doctor and pharmacy are both updated with your new location to ensure that you continue to receive medicine and medical attention.
Universities and Alumni Associations
Inform your alma mater of your address change, as well as any alumni or Greek life organizations that you were a part of, so that you can continue to get updates from your school and your preferred organizations.
Subscriptions to magazines, newspapers, and organizational newsletters
Each tangible, email-based group that you are a member of will require an updated address – periodicals, newspapers, specialized newsletter organizations, religious centers, and so on. The post office normally only forwards this type of correspondence for 60 days, so act soon to avoid missing anything vital.
If you are moving locally and would like to continue using the same plumber, electrician, and landscaping service – or other services such as financial consultants and life insurance agents – you should notify them of your move; otherwise, they may go to the wrong location on their next service call.
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