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 moversguide.usps.com 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
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Voter Registration

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