9 Important Contacts to Update When You Move

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When you're in the middle of a move, it can feel impossible to think of everything. An efficient, trustworthy moving company can take a huge weight off your shoulders, but movers can only do so much. When it comes to changing your address and notifying everyone of your move, the work is on you. This guide will help ensure you don't forget anyone important.

1. Family and Friends

Though they probably already know that you're moving, it's smart and considerate to send out an email notice or even snail mail a card giving everyone your new address. Let them know what your address will be and the date you'll move into your new abode.

2. Postal Service

Filling out a change of address form with the United States Postal Service will ensure that mail gets forwarded to your home until you've had a chance to update your address with all the companies, individuals and subscriptions that send you mail.

3. Utilities

Notify your utility companies of the date you're moving and the shutoff date for services. You'll want to make sure you notify all of the following relevant services in your town--both of the date you're moving and your new address if you're moving to another home in the same municipality:

  • Water
  • Waste management
  • Power
  • Natural gas
  • Cable
  • Internet
  • Phone company

4. Department of Motor Vehicles

For in-state moves, you'll likely just need to update the address on your driver's license as well as your vehicle registration. If you're moving out of state, you'll need to find out what the process is to register your vehicle at your new destination, to get a new driver's license and to pay any necessary property taxes in your new state of residence.

5. Insurance Companies

Notify your home and auto insurance companies of your new address and the dates of your move to prevent lapses in coverage.

6. The Internal Revenue Service

Though you probably don't think too much about the IRS between tax times, updating your address with the IRS ensures that you receive your tax return and other necessary documents.

7. Doctors' Offices

Make sure your doctor, dentist, orthodontist, and any other care providers have your updated address so they can remove you from their schedule (in case of a long-distance move) and/or update your address in their file.

8. Schools

Let your kids' schools know about the dates of your move and your new address, whether you're staying in the same school district or moving farther away. You'll also want to make sure to update your address with any other educational institutions, even if you're just taking online classes.

9. Subscription Services

Whether you subscribe to The New Yorker or Ipsy, you'll want to notify them of your new address so you continue to receive your reading material and/or lip gloss on schedule.

For more information on moving services or planning a move effectively, feel free to contact us at True Friends Moving Company. We'd love to help ensure your move is as seamless as it can be.