Moving can often be equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking. It’s a life-changing experience, no matter whether you move across the street or across the country, but between organizing, packing and the actual moving, the process can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.
The last thing you want is to add to the stressors involved with moving — one of which can often include updating the necessary parties to your new address; and in the age of electronic billing and records, this process can sometimes feel like there’s no shortage of people and companies to notify. So, in order to keep the process as stress-free and streamlined as possible, check out the following list of people and companies to notify to make sure you’re good to go from the moment you step foot in your new residence:
The first people you should notify of your move is the post office. Since this is where all of your physical mail goes through, submitting a change of address form can help ensure you won’t miss out on an important piece of mail. Even if you forget to let someone know that you moved, your mail will be temporarily forwarded until you update people and companies individually.
Just like the post office, you’ll want to update all required government entities of your new address. If you’ll be driving a car in California, be sure to head to your local DMV once you move and update your address. You’ll need to get a new driver’s license and update your title and registration information. In California, you must report a change of address within 10 days.
Banks and Credit Cards
Banks and creditors should be on your important list of accounts to update. You certainly don’t want to miss an important payment, which could negatively impact your credit score. Even if you typically use automatic bill pay, you want to make sure all correspondence goes to the right place and that your finances remain up-to-date with no hiccups. If you’re updating your billing address with your bank, make sure you do this when you don’t have any payments processing or due soon, since this can cause billing issues while your bank updates your address.
This one may seem obvious, but it’s absolutely vital that your local utility companies are up-to-date on your new residence. Whether that’s water, electric, gas or anything else — even internet, cable and other more modern household needs — making sure the change of address occurs in time with your move is a must. This way, your utility service continues uninterrupted (typically in both residences simultaneously for short distance moves) and you’re not left paying for utilities at your former residence.
It may not seem as obvious or pressing as some of the other tips on this list, but making sure your voter registration is up-to-date will leave you without any headaches once election season rolls around. Luckily, in many areas, this information can be updated at the DMV, so kill two birds with one stone and make sure it’s done while you’re updating your license.
Much like bank statements and other pieces of time-sensitive material, ensuring any and all insurance providers are aware of your current residence is extremely important. Not only do you want to make sure you receive all the necessary correspondence and make sure you are covered in your new area, but if something were to happen before you update your information, you may have a hard time filing a claim. It’s best to get this sorted out as soon as possible.
Nobody wants to open up their mail to find a costly medical bill. The only thing that could make that feeling worse is having to pay late fees or get harassed by a collections service since you never got a bill in the first place because it was sent to your old address. To avoid this, make sure you alert your doctor, dentist, optometrist and/or any other medical professional you work with of your new home’s address.
Even with direct deposit becoming more and more popular at workplaces around the world, it’s still extremely important to make sure your employer is aware of a new address every time you move. Although you may not receive your weekly paychecks in the mail, you might end up missing out on important tax documents, benefit updates and several other important pieces of mail if you don’t update your employer with new addresses.
It’s no secret that magazine subscriptions are starting to become a thing of the past, but, according to Statista, the magazines still comprise a $27 billion industry. That means that millions of Americans still read magazines and other periodicals, and with magazine subscriptions being one of the few things on this list that cost money to receive, you don’t want to miss issues because publishers are sending them to your old address.