Moving to a new city is stressful; there are so many things to remember. Not to be overlooked, however, are the things you need to change over before you move.
In this article, we’re going to look at the items you’ll need to change, and who to notify before you move so you’ll be all set up and ready in your new location.
Change Your Address
The first thing to consider is notifying the post office of your change of address. You can change your address by going to your local post office branch to fill out the proper forms, or you can log on to the USPS website and make the change there.
To ensure you’ll get your mail at your new location, experts recommended you fill out the paperwork at least 30-days before moving. The post office will start to forward your mail to your new address beginning on the date you specified on the form.
According to the US Post Office, First Class, Priority, and Express Mail gets forwarded for 12-months. Periodicals and Second Class mail are forward for 60-days.
If you’re receiving magazines or other subscription items via mail, it’s a good idea to inform them as soon as possible of your change of address. Most of these changes can be done quickly online.
Thanks to mobile banking, and online banking, many people can maintain their bank when they move because they rarely have to stop into a branch for service.
However, if you’re moving to a new city, it’s worth considering moving your funds and accounts to a local bank when possible just in case you ever need to make use of the local branch.
Credit Card Companies
Along with your bank, you’ll want to notify your credit card companies of your change of address. Changing your address can be done quickly via the company’s website.
Also vital to moving to a new city, you’ll want to make sure you get all of your utilities transferred to your new home. These utilities include electricity, trash removal service, water, gas, cable, and internet service.
For best results, arrange to have the services shut off at your old location by the end of the day on the day you move out; this allows you to make use of the lights and the bathroom while you’re in the process of packing and loading the trucks.
Speak with your current doctor about your move and ask them to refer you to another physician in your new town. Also, ask them to transfer your medical records to the new doctor once you have yourself established as a new patient.
Health insurance, life insurance, homeowners insurance and car insurance also will need to be changed over to a new location. In some instances, you may have to find a new insurance company. if you’ve been dealing with a local provider, so it’s a good idea to make a list of your providers and see which ones can do with a change of address, and which ones need to be replaced once you arrive in your new town.
Unless you’re moving and working for the same company in your new location, you need to inform your current employer about moving. It’s recommended you notify your current employer at least a month before moving, so they have enough time to fill your position. Remember that your current boss will need your new address to mail your tax information.
If you live in an apartment, you need to inform your landlord that you intend to move out; if you’re unsure when to notify them, go over your lease agreement as the information may be there. However, it’s a rule of thumb to give at least 30-days notice to your landlord before you move out. Make sure you do this in writing and state what day you’re leaving. Also, document the condition of the apartment just in case there’s any dispute over getting your security deposit back.
If you’re moving to another state, you need to transfer your driver’s license and update your vehicle’s registration as well as insurance. A good rule of thumb is to do this about 10 to 30 days before you move. You can take care of the transfer at your local DMV branch.
Another institution you need to inform regarding your move is the IRS. They will need your new address to send you essential tax documents and to have on file for when you get a refund if you do not have it directly deposited in your bank. This change over can be done on the IRS website.
If you’re a member of a large, mainstream church, you’ll want to notify them of your change of address. Most large churches are prepared for this and have forms and assistance available to help you find a new church in your new location. They can also recommend groups in which to get involved right away to make the transition less stressful and to welcome you into the new congregation.
Moving is stressful whether you’re moving across town or moving long distance. But the more planning you do ahead of time means, the less anxiety, fear, and stress you suffer on the day of the move and in the days after. While there’s always the chance of a hiccup or two, thorough planning ahead ensures the smoothest moving experience and allows you to get on with life in your new town as quickly as possible.