I’ve been in my new house since May, and I’m still receiving tons of mail from the previous homeowner who clearly didn’t file a change of address with USPS. Do yourself and the new tenants of your former address a favor and update your address!
Here is a quick list. It’s not everything, but it’s a start. Good luck!
- Bank/credit card company/Lenders
- Doctors and dentists
- Utilities (gas, water)
- Cable/Internet provider
- Insurance provider
- 401K provider
- Vehicle registration and Driver’s License
- Pet tags
- Amazon and other online retailers
- Friends and family!
When you change your address with USPS you get a bunch of coupons (yes!). When you enter your information on the change of address webpage it asks for a date to start forwarding, so this is something you can do ahead of your move, making this one easy thing to check off your list. It does cost $1.05 (as of this writing) for identity verification purposes, but this is small beans, especially if you use the coupons. Note that the mail forwarding service doesn’t last forever and doesn’t cover all types of mail, so you still need to cover your bases.
We have Comcast which offers Xfinity Movers Edge to help with the moving process. All you have to do is visit the page, enter your new address and desired disconnect/reconnect dates, and someone will call you within 24 hours to discuss the process.
Many states allow you to change your address online, like Colorado. Check out your DMV website and see if it’s as simple as that.
I’m sure many of you think of those tag engraving machines inside your pet store when you think of pet tags, but there are less expensive options online. Pet Tags 4 Less is a great one that always has free shipping/engraving promos.