Changing your address when you move can sometimes feel as exhausting as unloading a moving van full of boxes. Having an organized checklist of all of the institutions and individuals you need to notify can reduce some of the stress you’re feeling and help to make sure nothing slips through the cracks.
Using these lists as a guide, create a list tailored to your specific needs.
Two weeks before your move you’ll need to call your utility companies to set dates to end your service at your old place and subscribe to utilities at your new place. These utilities are usually:
- Cable and internet
- Postal service
- Trash collection
- Regular home care service providers (lawn care, snow removal, etc.)
Then, once you’ve arrived at your new place, the adventure will begin to notify individuals, government entities, companies, and organizations of your address change. If you drive, always start your address change process by notifying the Department of Motor Vehicles. In some states, you have less than a month to update your records. After the DMV, I recommend setting a goal to make five notifications a day. You won’t feel overwhelmed when you do only a little bit each day, and you’ll be done in less than two weeks.
By no means is the following list a comprehensive one, and not all groups on the list may apply to you, but it’s possible you’ll need to change your address with the:
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- Post office (if you didn’t take care of it with your utilities)
- Bank (and don’t forget to order new checks)
- Voter registration
- Human resources and payroll where you work
- Magazine subscriptions
- Insurance companies (auto, home/renters, life, workers comp, etc.)
- Doctors offices
- Schools (yours/your kids)
- Cell phone company
- Credit card companies
- Loan companies
- Personal and professional clubs, licensing boards, organizations, and memberships with benefit plans (like AAA for your car)
- Places of worship
- Gym memberships
- Financial advisor/investment firms
- Possibly the IRS (Form 8822), especially if between filing and receiving a return/refund or if you pay quarterly taxes
- Regular deliveries (such as restaurant delivery places or CSAs)
- Friends and family
Many businesses, organizations, and government entities now will allow you to change your address online. Save yourself some time by checking out a group’s website before hitting the streets.
Also, be sure to check the comments to this post for even more suggestions from our readers.