Changing Your Address When You Move

Moving from house to house can seem overwhelming. Once you sign the paperwork on your new home and set a moving date it seems like there’s a million details that need your immediate attention, and one of the biggest is changing your address. While it seems, the solution is a quick trip to the post office or filling out an online form, in fact there are other things to take into consideration to ensure your new address is on the record with everyone that needs to know your contact information.

Here are some tips to make sure you cover all the bases:

Contact all your current utility companies and let them know when you’re moving and your new address. Even if you’ll be using the same companies at your new home they’ll need an end of service date and a begin service date, and your bills will reflect the change accurately.

Log in online to change your address with your credit cards. Most credit cards use your postal code as a backup identification when a purchase is questioned, and you don’t want it denied because you forgot to change your information.

Go in person to your bank and arrange to have your accounts changed. If you use paper checks you should order them in advance; if you forget and have a tie lag before your new checks arrive you can make utility and other payments via Western Union or by money order while you’re waiting for them to arrive.

Check for any magazines or other subscriptions you receive by mail. Usually the post office has a limited time period to forward this type of mail, and you might miss an issue or more if you fail to notify them of your move.

Go through your phone and address book and contact your friends and family with your new location. While mail is usually forwarded promptly, if you have contacts you don’t see or talk to very often they may try to look for you in a year or two only to find you’ve disappeared.