If you have just moved to a new home or office location, or if you are planning an upcoming relocation, congratulations! While moving can be a very exciting venture, there are also plenty of small details that you will need to pay attention to and plan for. Certain tasks can be overlooked or forgotten about when you are thinking about packing and unpacking. Tasks such as transferring your utility bills, and remember to change your mailing address when you move.
Tasks that you should keep in mind if you are preparing for a residential move:
- Changing your mailing address
- Canceling and transferring utility bills such as electricity, cable, and internet service
- Notifying your doctors, children’s schools, and other professionals if you are moving long distance
- Separating important documents such as passports, birth certificates, and wedding certificates from the rest of your belongings to be packed (you should keep these documents on you throughout the moving process, not put them on a truck)
- Sorting other important or valuable belongings such as fine jewelry, furs, and watches (don’t but anything small and valuable on your moving truck, in case of an accident or damage)
Tasks that you should keep in mind if you are preparing for an office move or commercial move
- Changing your mailing address
- Canceling and transferring utility services
- Letting clients or business partners know that you are moving and where your new address will be
- Contacting other delivery services that you may work with and letting them know about your move
- Letting customers know that there may be a delay in service while you are relocating your business
Whether you are moving residentially or are planning an office move, one of the most important tasks to remember is to change your mailing address when you move. If you forget to do this, things can get very complicated very quickly: bills, paychecks, and other important documents could get lost in the mail. If you are moving long distance, this will make things especially complicated.
If you’ve been wondering how to change your address when you move, read on. We have put together a “Moving Change of Address Checklist” to simplify the steps you need to take.
- The first step on your change of address checklist should be to take a visit to the post office. If you prefer you can change your address online. Either way, your local United States Post Office is the number one stop to make. · Make sure that you inform your USPS clerk or note online all addresses to change when moving. This includes having mail forwarded for a certain period of time from your old address to your new one, in addition to any other addresses that may be affected with the relocation—like work/school mailing addresses and more.
- Forwarding your mail will give you the option to start having mail delivered at your former address automatically sent to the new one based on whatever date(s) you choose.
- During the period of time that you are having mail forwarded, it is up to you to update different companies/service providers (like credit card companies, family/friends, schools, etc.) of your new address so that they will begin sending physical mail correspondence to the correct place.
- After your mail forwarding service ends, you will no longer be able to retrieve mail that is still sent to the old address, unless you still have access to that residence or P.O. Box.
- Fees associated with updating your address and/or forwarding your mail are usually very minimal, and more than worth the nominal amount to ensure you receive mail in a timely manner.
- Be sure to also alert the appropriate federal agencies (like the IRS) of your new or upcoming address, as well as changing the address on your vehicle registration. Most of these changes can be made online, but some entities may require visits in person, as well as supporting documentation to accompany the request.
- Your driver’s license also needs to display a current address. Either go to your local DMV’s website or visit a physical location in order to get this information updated as well.
Once you’re able to check the change of address task off of your seemingly never-ending list of things to do associated with your move, you’ll be able to settle in and enjoy your new home or business office with peace of mind.
Excel Moving & Storage can help you with your upcoming relocation, regardless of whether it is a local, long distance, international, or office move. Our customer reputation and years of service guarantee that you will be receiving top-quality moving and storage services when you hire us. Contact us today to learn more. Happy moving!