One of the most important things to do when you’re preparing to move is fill out your change of address form. To help make your move stress-free, here are some handy tips and an online address change form.
Things to Do When Moving to a New Address
It can be daunting to come up with all of the places that require your new address. You can rack your brain, but inevitably a few places will escape your memory. Instead of trying to remember everything, use this change of address checklist for your next move.
Go down the list and contact the applicable people:
- Financial institutions — banks, credit cards companies, lenders, student loans
- Utilities — electric, gas, cable, Internet, phone, water, trash, recycling
- Care providers — doctors, dentists, pediatricians, veterinarians, lawyers, childcare
- Government — drivers license, post office, social security, voter ID, IRS, immigration, veteran affairs
- Memberships — magazines, subscription boxes, retail memberships, retail clubs
- Miscellaneous — cleaning crews, lawn maintenance, religious institutions, emergency contacts, schools, lessons and activities
Print out the checklist below to make sure you don't miss a thing.
Online Change of Address Form
You should give the postal service at least 10 days’ notice of your new address. That’s how long it can take to forward your mail. Your old home’s next residents probably won’t be thrilled if they receive bundles of your mail.
To change your address, you can fill out a form at your local post office or do it online.
Other Moving Tips
Moving doesn’t have to be stressful. With a little preparation, you can relax and begin settling into your new home.
Here are a few tried-and-true moving tips:
1. Stay organized. If you don’t use professional movers to help you pack, at least create a master list to keep track of your belongings.
2. Pack a separate box for the first things you’d like to unpack. Fill it with the items that make you feel most at home — your favorite art, your cozy blanket, etc.
3. Don’t forget about snacks. You most likely won’t have time to grocery shop until your second or third day, and takeout is only appetizing for a time.
4. Bring a small tote with cleaning supplies. Use them to clean both your former and new homes.
5. Tape or seal bottles with liquid.
6. Keep your tools easily accessible for assembling furniture and making quick repairs.
This list isn’t exhaustive, but it should inspire you as you begin planning.