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.

Moving boxes

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

Next Up

How Much Does It Cost to Finish a Basement?

By increasing living space without adding square footage, a basement remodel can be a budget-friendly option if a home extension is not an option. Learn what goes into finishing a basement, who can help and what you might expect to pay.

16 Steps to Boost Your Home's Value

Hint hint: Updated kitchens, stone veneer exteriors and converted attic bedrooms are money well spent.

Moving Checklist

Use this week-by-week checklist to plan your move to a new home.

How to Refinish a Wood Deck in a Weekend

See how we cleaned, pressure washed and painted a multi-level deck to give it a fresh look and to maintain it so it will last for years to come.

Sell the Benefits of Your Smaller Home

Impress buyers with money-saving and eco-friendly features.

How Much Mortgage Can I Afford?

From property taxes to utilities, the costs of owning a home adds up quickly. Here's how to calculate how much you can afford in monthly mortgage payments.

For Sale by Owner (FSBO): Pros + Cons

Are you prepared to sell your house by yourself? Set your expectations right. Learn what it will take to be successful, and know when the process might not be right for you.

Learn the Pros and Cons of a Buyer's Agent

Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of hiring a buyer's agent when looking to purchase a new home.

23 Things Every First-Time Homebuyer Should Know

You’re about to make the biggest investment in your life — so do your homework and learn about bidding strategies, down payment options, building equity, how to leverage inspections and more.

5 Do's and 5 Don'ts for Flipping a House

Flipping a house comes with big risks, big rewards and big questions. Wondering where to buy and how much to DIY? Property expert Egypt Sherrod shares her top rules for first-time flippers.

Go Shopping

Get product recommendations from HGTV editors, plus can’t-miss sales and deals.

On TV

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.