Moving can be an extremely stressful and frustrating experience. There are so many details that must be taken care of during a move, including letting everyone know where to find you now! While many people have the misconception that simply filling out a change of address form with the local post office is sufficient, this is just not so. In order to keep your correspondence coming in like clockwork, there are a number of individuals, businesses, and agencies that must be notified of your move as well. Below is a comprehensive change of address checklist to help ensure that nobody gets missed.
Change of Address Checklist
- Friends and Family Members
- Place of Employment (remember to notify any previous employers that may still need to send you important information such as income tax forms or insurance information)
- Daycare Providers
- Financial Institutions
- Investment Brokers
- Pension Plans
- Credit Card Companies
- Finance Companies and Lenders
- Insurance Companies (health, auto, life, homeowner’s, etc.)
- Memberships/ Clubs
- Service Providers (utility companies, phone and cell phone providers, internet service, cable company, garbage pick-up, water delivery)
- Driver’s License
- Vehicle Registration
- Lease/ Rental Companies (Furniture, appliances, vehicles)
- Housekeeping Services
- Lawn and Garden Services
- Pest Control Companies
- Newspapers/ Magazines
- Web-based Services (weather reporting, local news, etc.)
- Food Delivery Services
- Diaper Services
- Healthcare Providers (doctors, dentists, hospitals, etc.)
- Religious Organizations
While this list might seem a little overwhelming at first, here are a few ideas to make changing your address less time-consuming.
- Make use of social media. Create a group message on Facebook and inform friends and relatives of your recent move.
- Create a mass email message for friends, family members and business associates that includes your new mailing address.
- Purchase inexpensive postcards and notify your contacts the old fashioned way.
- Send a mass text to the contacts in your cell phone and let them know that you are ready to receive mail at your new address.
- Many service providers, financial institutions, and other companies offer links to change your address directly from their websites.
- If you are running short on time, it might be worth the small fee to employ a notification service to do the legwork for you. Not only do some of these online services complete most of the tasks involved with the change of address checklist for you, but a few will even eliminate any junk mail that you would have received.
Don’t get overwhelmed with all of the details that are involved with your next move. Be sure to check out our database that is filled with an abundance of helpful tips, advice and printable forms that are designed to make your moving experience a breeze.
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