There are a lot of things to remember when you’re moving. Do you have everything? Did you forget anything? Are all your affairs in order? Along with that, is our new home ready to move into? Making sure it’s safe for kids and it’s the place you want are both very important—but you also have to let people know where it is. Here’s everything you need to know about changing your address.
Easy Guide for Changing Your Address
How to change your address
Just before you move into your new home (preferably when you’re all packed up and about to start moving stuff over), change your address. To change your address with the US post office, you’ll need to fill out a form online or in-person. You can also do it by mail.
Just fill out the form, double check to make sure you listed the new address correctly, and pay the fee (it’s usually a small fee, like $1 or so). It’s an all around easy and painless process.
Once this is done, make sure to change your address on other places where you may have listed it (Amazon, streaming services, your bank account, etc.)
When to change it
Since you’ll be packing up and moving as soon as possible, make sure to change your address before moving. We recommend you do this approximately two weeks prior to moving to give yourself enough time to pack up and be out of the house. You should never worry about losing your mail in the allotted time. You can gather them up when you move in officially. It usually takes seven days for it to fully go through.
Who should know about your address change
There are several groups of people who should know about you changing your address as soon as possible. The first one being your family and friends. Whoever you deem important enough to hear about your address change, let them know first.
The second group is government institutions. That would be places like the DMV or the IRS. If these groups need to get a hold of you, they should have the right address. Institutions like these don’t really have sympathy for those who forget to inform them about address changes.
Utility companies would be the third group. A utility company is the one that’s in charge of your utilities, if applicable. Sometimes electricity, gas, and water are all separate entities, so make sure you contact ALL of them in a timely manner.
You’ll find yourself in a tough situation if you don’t tell your bank or insurance companies where you moved to. When you put in your credit card information, you add a billing address. That should always reflect the home you’re currently living in, so make sure that’s one of the first things you change.