Address Change Checklist

It can be easy to get distracted by the seemingly endless list of to-dos that accompany moving into a new space. As part of our Ultimate Moving Guide, we’ve included this comprehensive checklist with everyone you want to notify when you’re relocating.

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Financial institutions
  • Your bank. Especially if you get paper bills, start sending sensitive material to your new address as soon as possible.
  • Lenders and investment services. Notify your loan and credit card issuers, plus any investment services you use.

 

Government organizations
  • The U.S. Postal Service. If you haven’t already, fill out the online form to have any mail sent to your old address forwarded for a year.
  • Tax agencies. Notify the IRS via their online form, and check with your state tax agency as well.
  • The Social Security Administration. If you receive benefits, it’s wise to change your address as soon as possible. Do it online, or call 800-772-1213. Also notify Medicare, Medicaid, and any other state or federal programs you receive assistance from.
  • The DMV. Moving across state lines? You may need to update your registration or even get a new driver’s license. Access a helpful DMV guide to interstate moves here, and make sure you update your address with your state DMV even if you’re just moving across town.
  • Voter registration. Look up your state guidelines for registering to vote. In some states, your vote won’t count unless you register with your new address well ahead of voting day.

 

Insurance
  • Car insurance. Most providers allow you to change your address online. Order new insurance cards while you’re at it.
  • Health insurance. If you have health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace—or Medicaid and Medicare—you’ll want to update your address as soon as possible. You might have to change insurance providers as well, depending on where you’re moving.
  • Home/renters’ insurance. Contact your insurance carrier to transfer your insurance to your new place. Check to see whether items are insured during your move, too. If not, consider insurance options from your moving company.

 

Online services and subscriptions
  • Retail. Make sure your address with any retail services (like Amazon Prime and Costco) are up to date, especially for recurring orders and payments.
  • Streaming services. You’ll need to update your billing address for any services you pay for, including Netflix, Hulu and Spotify.
  • Payment services. Again, update your billing address for services like Paypal and apps like Venmo.
  • Magazines and other subscription services. It might be handy to use a subscription-tracking app, like Trim or Truebill, to check off all your subscriptions at once (and cancel the unnecessary ones in the process).

 

Personal contacts
    • Your employer. If you’re moving because of a job change, this is a no-brainer. Otherwise, let your employers know you’ve moved for tax purposes and so you receive the annual holiday card.
    • Your healthcare providers. Let your doctor and dentist know you have a new address so they can send your bills to the right place.
    • Your family and friends. Amidst all the billing addresses and government agencies, it’s easy to forget to let your loved ones know you’ve traded spaces. Send a new contact via text for easy reference.
    • Your children’s school. If you are moving to a different school district, collect any records from your children’s school for safekeeping and have the old school send records to the new one.
    • Your veterinarian. You might need to transfer your pet’s documents to a new vet, depending on how far you’re moving.
  • Clubs, organizations and churches.

 

Utilities
  • Phone, cable and internet. Set a cancellation date — and set up new service — as soon as you have your new address and move-in date set. Update your billing address with your mobile provider, too.
  • Electric and gas. You’ll need to set electric and gas to start at your new address. Again, check this off the list as soon as you have your move date.
  • Other utilities. Even if you’re a renter, you may be on the hook for sewer, water, and recycling/garbage disposal fees. Make sure you know what you’re paying for, and contact your new city to get these utilities set up.

 

Organizing your move can be tricky. If you need help juggling the pieces, contact a member of our concierge team. From booking to unboxing, Handled is here to help you feel at home.

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