Who to Notify Before Moving Homes
Moving day is hectic. There are a lot of services, companies, and people to notify before moving homes. This checklist will remind you of some services that often fall through the cracks during this busy time.
1. The Post Office
The Post Office has made the process easy to notify them before moving homes. There are three ways for you to choose from. It costs $1.00, which is for security reasons. You can get the fee waived if you apply in person at your local post office.
- Visit the Post Office and pick up a 3575 Form.
- Call them at 1-800-ASK-USPS.
- Notify the Post Office of your new address online. It is the fastest way, and you will receive an email confirmation. The USPS will correlate the addresses and forward your mail for six months during the transition period.
2. Current and New Utility Companies
Arrange to have your current utilities turned off moving day, and have the new services setup and ready to start. If you are staying within the same utility district, you maybe be able to transfer services. If you are moving to a new service area, find out ahead of time if you will need a deposit.
Some utilities you may need to notify before you move:
- Natural gas
- Waste disposal
- Home Security System Company
Contact your Human Resource department to notify them of your move. If you are leaving the company, they will need to send you IRS documents.
If your children are changing school districts, let the administration know where they will be transferring and when. Don’t forget to include current or past colleges and universities.
5. The DMV
Most states allow you a 30-day grace period to update your car registration and license. Check each states procedures and paperwork requirements online.
6. The IRS
The IRS always wants to know where you are. If possible, change your address before you file your taxes because if you are expecting a refund check, not all post offices will forward government checks.
The forms are available at the IRS website. Once the IRS receives your Form 8822, it will take them four to six weeks to process it.
7. Your Bank and Credit Card Companies
Before you move, notify all of your banking, lending, and credit card companies. You do not want to be late for any critical bills. Late payments can affect your credit. This is also an excellent time to order new checks with your new address.
If you are moving out of state, check if your current bank provides services at your new location. If not, it may be time to transfer to a new institution.
8. Insurance Companies
Automobile insurance laws vary from state-to-state. Let your auto insurance agent know where you are moving to and find out if you will need to change your policy.
Coordinate with your home insurance company if you are moving out of one insured home into another. You do not want your current insurance to end too soon, and you will want to make sure the new policy is in place when you close the escrow. Work with your agents to make sure there are no gaps in your coverage.
Will your health insurance travel with you? If not, check with insurance providers in your new area.
9. Medical Providers
You can collect your medical records yourself or have them forwarded to a new doctor. Each office will have a protocol on transferring files. You will probably have to sign a release.
Here is a list of medical providers to notify before you move:
- Primary Doctor
- Any Specialists
- 10. Family and Friends
10. Friends & Family
We’ve saved the best for last: the most important people to notify before moving homes are your family and friends. The easiest and fastest way to alert family and friends is to write out a simple note with the new address and drop everyone an email.
If you are emailing everyone at once and you do not want some parties to see the other parties email address, use the “blind carbon copy” (BCC) feature. It is the second line down on the email address bar, below CC. CC means “carbon copy”, and everyone will see everyone’s email if you use this line.
There are many people and companies to notify before moving homes. Hopefully, this list will help make your transition to your new place easier.
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