You’ve found your dream home, made it through appraisals, inspections and closing, and now it’s time to get the keys and move in! While you’re busy packing and arranging movers, changing your address may be the last thing on your mind, but it’s a detail that shouldn’t go overlooked! This list will help you prioritize which companies to notify prior to your move and which ones can wait until after.
The first and most important change of address you’ll want to make is with the United States Postal Service. You can do this online here or at a nearby post office.
Some companies will need to know you’re moving before you move. A lot of these include your utility services, as they’ll likely need to transfer service to your new address, or issue your final bill that way.
• Pest control
• Home security
Other agencies can wait until after you move, but you’ll want to make your change of address known to these important agencies too:
• Internal Revenue Service
• Department of Motor Vehicles
• Social Security Administration
• Department of Veterans Affairs
• U.S. Customs and Immigration Services
• Voter Registration Office
It’s also it’s probably in your best interest (and the best interest of your credit score) to notify the following financial institutions:
• Banks/Credit unions including credit card companies
• Investment brokers
• Lenders (automotive, home, personal, etc.)
• Credit reporting agencies
And lastly, you should update your address with any similar or pertinent companies or agencies, like:
• Medical (doctor, dentist, optometrist, pharmacy, insurance company, etc.)
• Automotive insurance company
• Professional associations/Clubs/Church
• Licensing/Certification boards
• Magazine/Newspaper subscriptions
• Friends and family