When you move it seems like there are a million things to try to remember to do. One task that can easily slip your mind is notifying important service providers of your new address. Some of the places will be on your mind because you need them in order to be comfortable in your new place. Others can easily fall off the radar. The best way to keep track of who needs a notification is to create a simple checklist.
Here are common services you may want to notify of an address change:
Gas and Electric Utility Service
Send the local utility company an advanced notice that you are no longer going be needing services in your current residence. If moving locally, let them know your new address and date you need services turned on so there are no delays.
Cell Phone Carrier
To keep your phone service current, and to avoid problems, it is always a good idea to contact your carrier about address changes. Phone service is vital, so this should be at the top of the list.
Cable or Satellite TV Service
Having cable service turned off is relatively easy. However, getting it hooked up and turned on at a new residence requires patience. As soon as you know the date you are going to move in to a new place, contact the TV provider to schedule the restart of services.
Banks and Financial Institutions
Banks and financial institutions really need to know where to send your monthly statements and any other important financial notices. Forgetting to notify them can put your personal information at risk. You do not want unknown people that move into your old place opening up mail that shows your name and account information.
This may be on your mind to do, but list it anyway so that you do not put it off. Schools need current address information to keep their records up to date.
Medical Care Providers
You may not see your doctor, dentist, optometrist, chiropractor or vet on a monthly basis. Therefore, send their offices updated address information for billing and appointment purposes.
If you drive, update your address with the DMV. Also, notify social security, IRS, Family Services, passport, office of unemployment, government pension and the post office, if you have a PO box.