Who Should You Contact?

Who to Contact When Moving

After selecting your move date, you’ll need to let the people around you know you’re moving. Both to provide help and make sure no one has missed the boat on your new upcoming address, talk to these people for the smoothest possible transition into your new home.

Family & Friends

The people most important to you should be the first ones to know if you’re planning on making a move. Sit down with your family and make a list of your friends and relatives, so you can be sure no one is left out.

Newspaper – Trash Collector – Post Office

These are the people you’ll want to give a forwarding address to. When you visit the post office, you’ll also be able to find the forms you need in order to notify even more people via mail. Since certain types of mail aren’t able to be forwarded without specifically asking the post office for it, you’ll want to check with them for any restrictions to keep an eye out for.

Bank

Be sure to transfer your account, as well as any possessions you may have in a safety deposit box, into a bank near your new neighborhood. If possible, order your new checks ahead so you can have one less thing to worry about.

Schools

If you’ll have children going to a new school, don’t forget to have their school records transferred. Be sure to contact the American School Directory at www.asd.com for facts about the local schools in your new area.

Child Care

To learn more about finding new, quality child care for your family in your new neighborhood, Contact Child Care Aware at 800-424-2246 or find them on the web at www.naccrra.net.

Medical

Finding new doctors, dentists and pharmacies in your area can be exhausting, and the last thing you want to do in the midst of a move. Call your current medical providers and ask them for referrals, and prepare to transfer your records for each when you find a new provider.

Veterinarian

For pet owners, be sure to contact your vet for referrals and record transfers as well. For more help on finding vets near your new home, contact the American Animal Hospital Association at 800-883-6301 or https://www.aaha.org/default.aspx. Also, be sure to make yourself aware of any local pet ordinances in your new area.

Library

Return all of your books before your move to avoid any overdue fines. These can be hassles and put another drag on your move to a new home.

Utilities

These can be hard to stay on top of, but it’s vital to handle your utilities promptly for your old home as well as your new one. Determine what your service cutoff date will be, and provide that date to all of your utilities. They might be able to transfer service to your new home, but if not, request that deposits be refunded at your new address. Try to have your utilities turned on at your new home a day or two before you arrive, if possible. Telephone services will need to be handled in advance, so give the phone company plenty of time to assign you a line.

Keep these utilities in mind for your move:

  • Cable or Satellite
  • Telephone
  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Water
  • Fuel Oil
  • Insurance Providers

Additionally, be sure that your vehicles will be housed at a new address.

Government Agencies

Last but not least, contact the Internal Revenue Service and keep your tax records up to date at 800-829-1040 or on the web at www.irs.ustreas.gov.

Also, if you receive Social Security benefits, call the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213 or on the web at www.ssa.gov.