When Should You Change Your Address When Moving

Are you preparing for an address change? Besides the usual necessities of moving, such as purchasing boxes and packing materials or renting a truck, and hiring skilled movers, you will also want to make sure that you alert the right people and places about your move Rather than later.

It’s easier to do this, so you don’t face potential risks like unpaid bills and service lapses. Don’t you know where to start? A USPS change of address online guide will fill in you on who you need to give your new home a heads up.

The Post Office

Start here, because notifying your change of address to the post office will transfer no mail to your old post office for 12 months to your new post office. You can easily update your address online and set it for a particular start date. Do this at least a week before the day of movement— any time later, and there may be a delay between travel and beginning the mail forwarding.

Tax Agencies

Your change of address should be reported to both the federal revenue service and your state tax office. The IRS provides you with a simple online form to inform you of your new address. Go to the government website of your particular state for your state tax department to look for guidance. You can handle this easily online in most states, as well.

Social Security Administration

If you are seeking social security benefits of any kind, don’t forget to let the SSA know where you’re going. Fill out their online application for a change of address.

Gas and Electric

This is one you’re going to want to do as soon as you know what your new address is going to be and the day you’re going to move, so you’re not going to risk a day or more without heat or power. When transferring your electrical service, arrange for a shutdown at your current location to occur at the end of the day of movement and arrange for service at your new location to begin either the morning of your move in or the evening before. There will be no sound in the dark this way.

Phone, Cable, and Internet

Heavy is the heart of the person who moves to a new home and has not yet set up the internet. Just like the electricity company, call your phone, cable, and internet providers to let them know as soon as possible about your change of address. That includes the provision of mobile phones as they will have to decide where to give the bill.

Other Utilities

You will also need to contact the water department, the sewer utility company, and the garbage/recycling company based on what kind of services you are responsible for at your new home (and may very well be all of them).

Home or Renters Insurance

Make sure to let the insurance agency of your home and renters know where to move the policy as well. With the insurance for homeowners, some landlords and management companies will want proof of transfer before the move-in day, so get this early care And while the service provider is on the line, ask if they cover things in transit so you’ll know if your property is being protected during the moving process (if not, you might want to look at moving insurance).

It takes time to change your email, but it is much easier to take care of it before any problems arise due to missing mail. Keep in mind that you will also need to update your billing address for any stores or services that pay you through that account if you change your address with your bank. And remember: while changing your address everywhere is working tracking lost items is even more work. So change your address now (and hopefully, you won’t have to do it anytime soon).

Dragan Sutevski

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