When you move, there are many things on your to-do list including packing, hiring a moving company, cleaning your previous home, and getting rid of things you don’t need. Perhaps one of the most important things you need to do is notify certain people and places of your address change. Use this list of places to notify when you move to get started.

Places to Notify When You Move

Post Office

The post office is the first place to notify when you move. The post office will forward your mail from your old address to your new address for 12 months. Notify the post office about your address change and select a start date for mail forwarding online. Submit your address change to the post office at least one week ahead of time or there may be a delay before they begin forwarding your mail.

Social Security Administration

If you get social security benefits, add the Social Security Administration to your list of places to notify when you move. You can submit a change of address form online.

Phone, Internet, and Cable/Satellite Providers

A lapse in internet and cable service is a big inconvenience when you move into a new home. Call your phone, internet, and cable or satellite providers with your change of address and move date as soon as you know them.

Home or Renters’ Insurance Agency

Call your home or renters’ insurance agency to transfer your policy to your new place. Some management companies and landlords require proof of transfer before you move in, so don’t put it off.

Notify Tax Agencies When You Move

You’ll need to notify both the IRS and your state’s tax agency about your change of address. You should be able to fill out a change of address form for both of these agencies online.

Electric and Gas Company

Add the electric and gas company to your list of places to notify when you move. Notify these companies as soon as you know your moving date so you don’t have to go a day without heat, air conditioning, or electricity. Schedule the electricity to be shut off at your old place at the end of your moving day and for the electricity to be turned on at your new place either the evening before or morning of moving day.

Your Employer

Even if you get your check deposited directly into your bank account, you need to notify your employer of your address change for tax purposes.

Financial Institutions

It’s important to notify your bank, credit card companies, and loan providers of your address change. Additionally, notify any other financial institution you deal with. These companies may include PayPal, credit reporting agencies, credit unions, investment account holders, and IRA/401K administrators.

More Places to Notify When You Move: Online Shopping Sites

Make a list of the online shopping sites you use most often and change your billing and shipping addresses on these sites just before you move.

Moving requires you to complete numerous necessary tasks, one of which is notifying certain places of your address change. This list gives you a good starting point for places to notify when you move.

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