Saturday, December 6, 2014

Tips for Changing Your Address

Moving house? Relocation and all the documents and transactions that come with it might be a long and tedious road, but there’s nothing more exciting than a fresh start in a new home, and a new neighborhood too. Start this new chapter right by making sure all the services, utilities, institutions, and people you need in your life know where to find you. 


Verify your address.
Make sure you have your new address down pat before moving into your new home. Check and double-check with the seller; the landlord, if you're renting; your realtor; or your developer, if you're moving into a new construction. Don't forget about the zip code, too. Check the local government’s online databases or websites for your new neighborhood's zipcode.

Make a list of who to notify.
It pays to be organized: as such, make a list of people, services, companies, and other parties that you wish to or need to notify of your change of address. Organize your list into categories to remember each entry easier: friends and family; the post office; your employer or your school; government offices; bank and credit card companies; doctors and dentists; utility companies for gas, telephone, electric, water, cable and Internet; any organizations and associations you belong to; and any magazine and newspaper subscriptions you wish to maintain.

Notify two weeks in advance.
Attend to your change of address at least two weeks in advance. Fill out and file any necessary forms. Prioritize important services and establishments, such as the post office, your employer or your school, government offices, utility companies, and bank and credit card companies.

Update online accounts.
Don’t forget the Internet. Update your home address on your online accounts, especially on your email address account, your online shopping account, any electronic payment system you use, and other pertinent Web services you’ve signed up for.


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