Providing your new address to all the businesses and services of your life can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be a lot of trouble.
Follow these tips to stay connected to everyone who needs to keep in touch with you.
Take a moment to give the U.S. Post Office your new address first, using their handy online form. This notification will help ensure you receive all your mail in a timely fashion. Note that, to aid security efforts, the U.S.P.S. now charges a small fee for the change process.
Several weeks before your move, contact the various utility companies you deal with and let them know the dates you’ll be disconnecting/transferring service or starting service for the first time. These days, we can consider the categories below as “utilities” because they comprise the basic services in our lives:
- Trash collection
- Sewer (varies on location)
- Postal delivery
- Lawn/yard care
Banks, loans and credit cards
Even if you do your banking and bill-paying online and receive statements via email, you’ll need to keep your mailing address up to date, especially if it is your billing address.
Magazines and memberships
Most every publication or organization you have a subscription or membership for will allow you to change your address online. Make the switch as soon as possible, though; magazines may require considerable lead time to get the most current issue to your new mailbox.
Friends and family
Using technology, it’s really easy to spread the word to the people in your personal networks that you’ve moved. But don’t share your new address publically online: use email or private messaging options to inform your friends and family about your new move.
There’s a lot to do before you move, so don’t forget to place your change of address in your main moving checklist. Get these tasks done in the weeks before you move, and you’ll have all of your correspondence heading straight to your mailbox by the time you arrive yourself!