Who Should You Contact?

Who to Contact When Moving

After you choose your move date, contact the following people where you currently live and in advance of moving to your new neighborhood, for the smoothest transition possible.

Family & Friends

The most important people should know first. Be sure to sit down with your family and make a list of all friends and relatives so no one is left out.

Newspaper – Trash Collector – Post Office

Be sure to give a forwarding address. Your post office carries the forms you need to notify other people by mail. Certain types of mail will not be forwarded unless you specifically request the post office to do so. Check with them to become aware of any restrictions, etc.


Arrange for transfer of your account and contents of safety deposit box to a bank in your new neighborhood. Order your new checks ahead of time if possible.


Have school records transferred to the new school(s). You can contact the American School Directory at www.asd.com for facts about local schools in your new area.

Child Care

Contact Child Care Aware at 800-424-2246 or on the web at www.naccrra.net for information on locating quality child care in your new neighborhood.


Be sure to call your doctor, your dentist, and your pharmacy. Ask each of them for referrals in your new area. Obtain copies of your records from each one, or have them prepare to transfer your records as soon as you secure new providers.


If you have pets, be sure to contact your vet for referrals and to have those records transferred also. Or call the American Animal Hospital Association at 800-883-6301 or www.healthy pet.com for help on locating veterinarians near your new home. Make yourself aware of license and local pet ordinances in your new area.


Make sure you return any outstanding books. An overdue fine can be most unwelcome.


Contact all utilities and give them your service cut-off date. Depending on the distance of your move, they may simply transfer service. If not, be sure you request any deposits you may have made to be refunded to you at your new address. It is best to have all utilities turned on at your new address a day or two before you move if possible. For telephone services, contact your new phone company as far as a month in advance to secure your new phone number.

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

Insurance Providers

It is very important that your insurance providers are informed of your move. Be sure they confirm that your new location is covered immediately. Also, that your vehicles will be housed at a new address.

Government Agencies

Last but certainly not least, be sure to let Uncle Sam know where he can reach you. Call the Internal Revenue Service 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.