Moving can certainly be a stressful event as there is so much to do!
One of the most important things you should do before actually moving is letting everyone know!
In his latest article, Bill Gassett does a fantastic job of putting together a list of all the people and organizations you should let know your move is happening. Enjoy!
People And Organizations To Notify About Your Move
Who to notify when you are moving is something lots of people forget about until they realize it has become a problem.
I am often asked when people should be notified above their move. Timing of course is important. Failure to notify important parties could become an issue in the not too distant future. Don’t let it become your problem!
Moving is a process that takes a lot of time and energy, more than many people are prepared for. There are so many things to do, especially once the boxes are packed and you head to your new home.
One task that many people tend to put off is to notify everyone about the move but it is a task that is a necessity if you want everything to go smoothly.
It is also something that can usually be done leading up to the move, before everything gets really hectic.
Taking care of all your notifications now, before you are hauling boxes up the stairs, will pave the way for a successful transition and knock one thing of that long moving checklist.
Here's a reminder of all the various parties that need to be told about your move.
With this list in hand, you can make sure you are getting to everyone up to speed on where you’re headed. Be sure when packing for your move, you don’t inadvertently put away all of your important contact information for reaching these parties!
With this list in hand, you can make sure you are getting to everyone up to speed on where you’re headed.
Be sure when packing for your move, you don’t inadvertently put away all of your important contact information for reaching these parties!
Your employer will want to have an accurate address on file for you, so make sure and tell the organization you work for about your move. If you are leaving the employer for another job, giving enough notice is important. Two-weeks is the minimum most employers expect, but a month or more may be more appropriate if you are in a professional position.
If you are making a transfer and staying with your current company, then you will still need to notify them when you are moving and check after the move to verify that your address has been changed.
Friends and Family
Chances are your close friends and family are aware of your coming move, and may have even suggested some of their best moving tips, but sending out a group email or text giving your new address can still be helpful so they can update your contact info. Sometimes people forget to tell extended family and friends about a move. If you want anyone to be able to get in contact with you – or surprise you with gifts in the mail! – then letting them know about your new address would be a good idea.
When thinking about who to notify when moving, the local post office is probably the most important! You obviously could create real problems for yourself if you end up missing important pieces of mail. The U.S. Postal Service makes it easy to change your address online, or you can go into a post office and fill out a change of address form. When you notify the USPS, it will start forwarding your mail to the new address upon the date you request. You can fill out the form ahead of your move and list whatever forwarding date you like. Keep in mind that there is a small fee for requesting forwarding online.
You want to make sure that you notify your landlord of your move in adherence with the terms of your lease. Most landlords ask for 30 days notice, and will penalize you for moving before the end of your lease.
For obvious reasons the IRS is an important party to notify when you are moving. Can you imagine if you were audited or sent an important tax document and never received it? This would almost certainly cause a lot of undue stress. You can fill out an IRS Change of Address Form and send it in to update your information with the tax organization. By updating you make it easy for the IRS to send you any important documents.
Credit Card Companies
Using your credit card often requires inputting your current billing address. Unless you want to try and remember your old address every time you use a card, you should update your address with each card company. Updating your address will also ensure your statements come to you each month, which is important if you are not using paperless billing.
Your car insurance company bases your rates off of the area you live in and the way you store your vehicle, among other factors. Update your address with the insurer to make sure you don’t run into any problems should you need to file a claim. Home, health and life insurance companies are also very important parties to notify when you are moving so that appropriate documentation can reach you in a timely fashion. When moving it is quite possible you will want to go with local providers.
Your Pets Veterinarian and Kennel
If you have a pet it will be important to notify your veterinarian and kennel. Remember your pets health history will be important for your new health provider to have.
If you regularly interact with any other government agencies, like the Social Security Administration, you will want to notify them of your new address to avoid any potential problems with payments and documents. You will also want to update your voter registration if necessary.
Bank or Credit Union
Your bank will need to know about your change of address. Update your address to make sure your banking documents come to you directly and so you can use your new address with any debit/credit cards you have with the bank.
Other Financial Institutions
Besides notifying your local bank don’t forget to inform any other financial institutions where you may have a portfolio of stock, bonds and mutual funds. Not only will you want to be getting your monthly statements but even more important will be receiving any tax statements.
The DMV will want to know about your change of address, even if you are not moving to a new state. It may give you a new government id with an updated address. If you move out of state, you will be expected to register your vehicle as well.
If you are moving to an address that is serviced by the same utility company at your previous address, you should be able to transfer service. Even if you are not using the same provider, you will want to notify utility providers about your move so you don’t pay for services you aren’t using after your move.
If you subscribe to any magazines, newspapers or other publications, you will want to let them know about your move. While notifying the post office of your relocation should help with receiving your subscriptions it is always wise to notify the vendors directly as well.
Medical Care Providers
Updating your address with any medical providers, like doctors, dentists and optometrists, is a good idea as well. By updating your information, you can ensure that any bills or other correspondence comes to your new home.
If you are going to school, or you have children in school, make sure to notify them about your address change. This should include both local schools as well as colleges if you have children attending them.
Other Miscellaneous People/Groups to Inform You’re Moving
- Religious organizations such as a church or synagogue.
- Gym or sports club.
- Voter registration.
- Charitable organizations or memberships.
- Reward programs like frequent flier miles or hotel bonuses.
- Car breakdown services
How to Let People Know You Are Moving
One of the best additional ways to let people know you are moving is by using social media channels. If you are an avid user of Facebook, Linkedin and Google Plus these are all great places where you can send out a message to friends and followers letting them know of your impending move. A quick message giving them your new address will certainly be helpful to those who will need it.
Another very cool service is called Updater which will help notify people of your move. This is actually a great app for property managers, real estate agents and moving companies. From the founder and CEO David Greenberg about Updater “After my last move, I knew there had to be a better way to manage the process. It was insane – the amount of time I spent contacting the utility companies, updating my contacts, and so on. I looked for a solution online and when I saw none existed, I knew that there was a huge opportunity to build it from the ground up.” This is exactly what he did!
Who to notify when moving out of state is probably even more important as you will be separating yourself by a greater distance. Many of these things mentioned in the list will become even more important as you settle into your new environment. By taking the time to notify everyone before you move there will be one less thing to do during the process.
Be sure when organizing your things for storage you know exactly where to find all of the contact information for those you need to reach most.
Hopefully this check list has been helpful!