A Moving Checklist You’ll Want to See!

moving checklist photoSo, you’ve decided to move! Congratulations! We’re sure you’ve got everything under control.

The perfect home? Check!

All packed up? Check, check!

Movers are hired? Check, check, check!

Notified every single important contact in your life that you’re moving?  Don’t panic.  We have put together this informative and helpful list to follow when changing your address to make the move as simple and as pain-free as possible, because it can be quite an uneasy feeling to wonder if you are getting all of your important documents, Holiday cards, invitations, and of course, bills!

 

2 Week Jumpstart

Begin informing everyone of your move 2 weeks beforehand. There are many methods you can utilize to share the news. Many bills and statements you receive have areas for making an address change or instructions on how to notify their company. You will want to e-mail your employer or visit your human resources department to make sure you continue to receive your W-2s and that all-important paycheck on time. Some stationary shops sell creative cards you can mail out with a “Change of Address” announcement to make it more fun. Or—just send out a mass email to family and friends. Whatever the method you choose, set aside an appropriate amount of time for this process. It is not the most enjoyable task but you’ll he bappy and relieved when it’s done.

 The Less Obvious Stuff

  • Re-print Address Labels.
  • Don’t forget to update Roofus! Or Fluffy! Pet name tags should be reprinted with the new address so someone can contact you if they become lost in their new surroundings.
  • Luggage tags! One of the most non-obvious things you’d realize needs updating.
  • Big career? Business cards, websites, bank checks…all of those things need your new address.
  • Drivers License—don’t forget to change the address, even if you aren’t moving out of state. It is often used as your identification. Vehicle registration needs to be updated also and check with the state’s election office to update your voter registration records. These changes can most likely be done by mail or online. Check your state’s Web site for information on their process.

The Post Office Needs to Know!

  • Submit your address change via the Internet. You will need a valid e-mail address to receive the USPS confirmation, and a credit or debit card. To safeguard your personal information, the post office electronically verifies the information you enter with the bank that issued your credit or debit card. The card billing address must match the address you are moving from or to. A $1 verification fee pays for a USPS contractor to provide this verification.
  • Complete a change of address by phone — 1-800-ASK-USPS. The same identity verification is done when you call 1-800-ASK-USPS, so be sure to have a credit or debit card handy.
  • Fill out Form 3575, the official mail forwarding change of address order. You can get the form from your post office or print it from the USPS Web site. You should complete and mail it to the address on the card two weeks before your move. Mailing will save you $1 since identity verification is not needed.

 Don’t forget: The IRS!

  • Form 8822—download that from the IRS website and send it in.   You can also write to the IRS center where you filed your last return, providing your full name, old and new addresses, social security number, and signature. Done!

 Mail Forwarding- Make a List!

Mail forwarding ensures that you continue to receive your mail and gives you time to notify everyone of your new address. To be thorough, it’s best to make a list. You’ll want to include the following people:

  • Bank and credit card companies
  • Doctors and dentists
  • Utilities such as gas, telephone and electric;
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Clubs and associations
  • Your employer and government offices
  • Family and friends of course

 Let the Post Office Know

When you move, it’s important to let the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) know. You can do that in one of three ways:

  • Submit your address change via the Internet. You will need a valid e-mail address to receive the USPS confirmation, and a credit or debit card. To safeguard your personal information, the post office electronically verifies the information you enter with the bank that issued your credit or debit card. The card billing address must match the address you are moving from or to. A $1 verification fee pays for a USPS contractor to provide this verification.
  • Complete a change of address by phone — 1-800-ASK-USPS. The same identity verification is done when you call 1-800-ASK-USPS, so be sure to have a credit or debit card handy.
  • Fill out Form 3575, the official mail forwarding change of address order. You can get the form from your post office or print it from the USPS Web site. You should complete and mail it to the address on the card two weeks before your move. Mailing will save you $1 since identity verification is not needed.

After you file the change, you can expect a move validation letter to arrive at your old address, unless you’ve already moved. In addition, seven to 10 days after your COA effective date, a confirmation letter will be sent to your new address, as well as a welcome kit, which contains helpful information, a community guide, special offers and coupons.

 Verify Your Address—Seems Easy!

Something that seems so simple can also result in a mistake. Verify your new address with your realtor before spending all of this time changing your address. You’ll be happy you did!

  Let someone do it for you!

There are online services that can help alleviate some of this stressful task by notifying all of your billing companies and memberships of your change of address. Proceed with caution though: check with the Better Business Bureau when selecting a service provider to make sure they are a reputable, secure company.

 

*source*  Cooper, A.  www.howstuffworks.com  “Moving Checklist” 

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