If you’re preparing to move to a new home, there are plenty of things to do before you finally move, and one of the most important things on this list is to let others know that you will have a new address. It’s better to get this done as soon as possible to prevent missed bills or utility notifications. To help you with this task, here is a list of some of the most important people and places you should notify of your change of address.
Government Agencies to Notify of Your Change of Address
Contact the post office to ensure that your mail will forward to your new address. Start this process a week before you move and specify when you want your mail to start being sent to your new address. A quick visit to your local post office is all it takes to start the mail forwarding service, but you can also do this online.
To avoid any problems filing your taxes, notify the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of your change of address using Form 8822, which you can fill out online. Along with this, it’s also helpful to notify your state tax agency, which should have a similar form available.
The DMV requires an update on any address change within 30 days of your move. Schedule an appointment with the DMV and bring relevant documents with you to save yourself time on your visit.
When you move, notify your utility providers, including companies that provide gas, electricity, water, internet, and garbage services. Most companies allow you to choose a specific date to shut off service at one home and start service at the new place.
Finance and Insurance Agencies to Notify of Your Change of Address
Notify your bank and credit card companies of your new address. Usually, this is simple to do online. Be sure to update any loan providers you have, including car and student loans.
It’s also important to notify health, dental, car, and life insurance companies.
Friends and Family
Even though people use mail less frequently to communicate, it doesn’t hurt to let your friends and family know your new address. Send an email or postcard to inform friends and relatives that you have moved. They will be glad to know your address for mailing invitations and birthday and holiday greetings.
Moving to a new home can be exciting. Make sure to tie up loose ends by notifying important businesses and people of your new address.