It is easy to get overwhelmed and forget some important things when you are preparing to move. This checklist should help you get through the process!
Address Change: Fill out and turn in a Change of Address form with your local post office. You should also call and notify your credit card companies and any magazine subscriptions, and newspapers of your new address. https://www.usps.com/realmove/
You can obtain an IRS Change of Address form (Form 8822) by going to www.irs.gov or calling them at 800-829-1040.
Don’t forget to let your family and friends know that you are moving and give them your new address.
Utility Companies: Contact your utility companies such as electric, gas, and water. Give them the new address and find out if you will be receiving any deposit refunds. You can also find out if they are the same service companies for the new location you are moving. Make arrangements to get service at your new address. Don’t forget to contact your cable TV provider as well.
Delivery Service: If you have any regular delivery service, such as a bottled water delivery, arrange for them to start delivering to your new address. *Don’t forget to let your landscapers, housecleaners, etc. know that you are moving.
Banks: Make sure your current bank is available in your new area. If they aren’t, you may want to transfer your funds to a bank that will be nearby, and close your other bank account.
Schools: Make sure you have your children’s school records transferred to their new schools.
Health Care: If you will be needing to find a new family doctor and dentist, you may want to ask your current providers for referrals. You’ll also need to have your records sent to your new health care providers.
Pets: If needed, get a referral for a veterinarian in your new community and have your pet’s records and prescriptions sent to the new vet. You will also need to register and get new licenses, and address identification tags for your animals.
Insurance: Make sure you have notified your health insurance, home insurance, life insurance, and auto insurance companies of your new address. Update your needed insurance if applicable.
Vehicles: If you are moving to a new state, you’ll need to register your car in that state and notify the car loan lender of your new address. Make sure to obtain new registration for your vehicle in the new state and apply for a driver’s license.