Moving Black Book: The People You Should Tell

Make sure banks, credit card companies, the tax man and other service providers have your new address.

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By: Kara Wahlgren

Now's the time to get your service providers in the loop. Changing your address before you skip town can prevent major hassles like past-due bills, service lapses, and even identity theft. Keep an eye on incoming mail to see which companies you need to notify, but here are the biggies.

  • The post office. Log on to or go to your local branch to fill out a change of address form and arrange for mail forwarding. 

  • The IRS. Print out and mail in the IRS' Change of Address form.

  • Credit card companies. Don't forget about store cards and loyalty programs!

  • Banks. You'll want easy access to your checking account on moving day, and you'll also need to update online banks, retirement funds, and investment accounts.

  • Utility companies. Arrange for service at your new address, and schedule shut-off at your old address for the end of the moving day, so you'll still be able to turn on the lights and use the bathroom while you're working.

  • Home or renters' insurance. Ask if they cover your possessions during transport, especially if you're moving valuables or electronics in your own vehicle.

  • Car insurance

  • Health insurance

  • Your doctor. Get referrals to physicians in your new area, and have your medical files transferred.

  • Government agencies. If you have benefits from Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or any other government program, make sure you notify them of your move.

  • Phone company, cable, and internet. Discontinue service at your old location and schedule new service.

  • Cell phone provider

  • Magazine subscriptions

  • Clubs or organizations

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