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Change of Address Checklist for Your Next Move

December 20th 2016 by: Jim

When you move, there are so many little tasks that are important but easily overlooked. Filling out change of address cards may seem like a task that you could leave for last - but don’t!

Changing your address is beneficial for more than just making sure you receive those infamous holiday cards from Uncle Jim and countless wedding invitations from your college buddies.

Government agencies, businesses, and others rely on your address to keep you up to date on information that best serves you - and to make sure the stranger moving into your old house isn’t receiving your bank statements!

To make sure you don’t miss any important (or unimportant) mail, we’ve put together a handy change of address checklist for you to use during your next move:

Professional Services

You don’t want to miss the next co-pay bill from your insurance company or that reminder to have your pet vaccinated from your veterinarian, so make sure you are submitting change your address information with the following professional services: 

  • Attorneys
  • Accountants
  • Insurance Company
  • Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacists, and Other Medical Professionals
  • Veterinarian

Community

When you move, you want people to know about it! Of course, family and friends are going to ask for directions to your new place of residence, but your employer, your children’s schools, and your college’s alumni office will also need to track you down sometimes - make it easy and send the following community organizations your updated info:

  • Family and Friends
  • Employer
  • Schools
  • Alumni Associations
  • Charity and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Churches, Clubs, and Community Groups

Home Services and Utilities

You don’t want your cable bill or your subscription to Better Homes & Gardens going to your old home - change your address today! Here are a few other home services that may want your updated information:

  • Telephone, Internet, and Cable Services
  • Gas and Electric
  • Home Security Company
  • Magazine and Newspaper Subscriptions
  • Other Home Delivery Services (ex. Bottled Water or Weight Loss/Diet Meals)

Financial Institutions

Your bank is where all of your money is likely located, so it’s in your best interest for them to know where you are - and for them to not send your credit card statements or new debit information to your old address! Also, student loan servicers and other charge accounts need your information for verification and payment purposes. Here is a full list of financial institutions you should change your address with:

  • Banks, Credit Unions, and Loan Companies
  • Credit Cards and Charge Accounts
  • Car Loan Provider
  • Financial Aid Office
  • Student Loan Servicer

Government Agencies

If you are moving, you’ll want to report your change of address to the following U.S. Government agencies in order to keep receiving government mail and benefits:

  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Citizenship and Immigration Services (For Non-Citizens)
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Voter Registration
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Social Security Administration

Many of these can be updated online, including your license and registration - which saves you from waiting in the long line at the DMV.
For more information on updating address with government agencies >>>

Transportation Services

Don’t lose those frequent flyer miles or AAA service perks - update your address with the following programs:

  • Airline Frequent Flyer Programs
  • Emergency Road Services

Other

Be sure to update any other service, person, or business you interact with. Addresses are used for verification purposes, mailing and shipping services, and many other aspects of daily life. To be sure nothing gets lost in the hustle and bustle of a relocation, make sure you update your address as soon as possible. Once you have everything updated, you can happily enjoy your new home! 

If you have questions about where to change your address, or want to request a free estimate for our moving and storage services, contact Georgetown Moving and Storage Company today at (703) 466-0575 - we are happy to help with all of your relocation needs!

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