There’s no question that moving can be a complicated endeavor. Between the house hunt, the negotiations, the purging, the packing, the moving, the unpacking, the organizing, and all the little hassles along the way, getting out of one home and into another is overwhelming at times. But you know, the thing that always gets me is the address changing. Making sure that my new address is on everything, from my driver’s license to my phone bill, is such a tedious job! Usually, I think I got everything until something bad happens, like a late bill, or worse, a ticket for not having the right address on my license (oops).
If you need a little guidance, here’s a checklist to keep you on top of things!
Updating Your Mailing Address
- Your first stop will always be the US Postal Service. They will make sure all your mail gets forwarded to your new address right away. Nowadays, there is a handy website form to fill out. They charge a nominal fee for verifying your identity, but it’s a small price to pay to avoid the post office.
Bills, Bills, Bills
As much as we’d all like to just run away from our bills, they have a pesky way of finding us. Might as well be proactive and update your address with them. Make a list of all the paper bills you receive in the month or two before you move. Then, go through your list and update your billing information. Most companies let you update your address online. Don’t forget to also let your bank know–you don’t want someone else to get your statements.
Don’t let someone else hoard all your Real Simples! Update your information online to make sure you continue to receive your periodicals.
Friends & Family
Make sure all your loved ones have your new address, so they know where to send those housewarming gifts!! Maybe send a Facebook message to everyone who needs to know. Or just ask your mom to spread the info around. You can find some really cute change of address cards on Etsy, if you want to go old school. I particularly like the ones above, from Decocards.
This is the only one that gets me. In my state, you have to physically go to the DMV to change your address, so it’s not exactly the first thing on my list. But, if you are pulled over, the officer might stick you with an extra fine, which is no fun to pay. Trust me.