Moving Checklist: Address Changes

When moving into a brand-new home, there are many exciting firsts, but also some not-so-fun logistics to handle. One from that checklist is changing your address across your many accounts. Here we’ve listed the various categories to consider and manage once the address change is official.

  • USPS – One of the first places people update their address to make sure they’re receiving their mail at the correct place. Something useful with USPS is you can let them know ahead of time that you’re moving and select the exact date so there’s a seamless transition between homes.
  • Voter Registration – Depending on the level of the move you’re making, changing your address for voter registration can vary the districts you’re able to vote in. This can sometimes be lumped in when changing your address with USPS or the DOL.
  • Schools – Depending on what type of academic institution you or your child are enrolled in, you may need to consider the impacts on eligibility. Other than that, changing your address can ensure you’re not missing out on any important mailed documentation associated with schooling.
    • Children’s schools/registration
    • Universities/alumni registrations
  • Work – Regardless of employment type, you’ll need to let your place of work know of your address change so all employment-related documents will be sent to the correct place (especially important in tax season). Sometimes you’re able to change this on your own depending on your work’s employee portal.
  • Banks – One of the more significant changes is with your bank(s). Make sure you get this updated very soon after your move.
  • Credit Cards/Loan – Similar to the above, changing your address for your credit card/loan accounts will ensure you don’t miss important communication with these institutions.
  • Utilities – Another change that people remember to make after their move is with their utility companies. Depending on where you move, the utilities with which you need to communicate your move can vary.
    • Puget Sound Energy (or your local equivalent)
    • City Water/Sewer
    • Garbage/Recycling
    • WiFi
  • Insurances – Depending on the different insurance accounts you have open, you’ll need to make sure each one is aware of your address change.
    • Auto
    • Home
    • Umbrella
    • Medical/Medicare/Social Security
    • Life
  • Medical – Whatever health/medical/doctor-office accounts you have will also require notice of an address change.
    • Hospitals/Medical Centers
    • Doctors’ Offices
  • Licenses – For your documentation (like your driver’s license or your business license, if applicable), you’ll need to submit a request for an address change.
    • Business licenses
    • Driver’s licenses
    • Pet
  • Subscriptions, Memberships, et al. – The amount under this category can vary greatly depending on the number of accounts you have open with subscriptions or memberships. A good tip for the future is to make sure you have a running list of these types of accounts so any future changes will be a breeze.
    • Magazines, newspapers
    • Professional organizations and club memberships
    • Online subscriptions with automatic payments
  • Service workers – If you have any service contracts regarding home care, you’ll need to notify them of your address change unless you’d like to continue paying for these services at your old address!
    • Gardeners
    • Housekeepers
    • Plumbers
    • Pest control

 

With this list, changing your address can be a breeze and you can get back to enjoying your new construction home!

 

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