Moving into your new place is not only a giant leap forward into your life. It’s also not just about moving your furniture and your life as a whole to a new location. You have to take care of actually changing your address to avoid mail going to the wrong location, to packages being missed and bills not being paid.
Today, I am going to show you how to change your address after you have moved into your new home.
1. Updating Your Mailing Address
Mail nowadays is more than just packages its where you get bills, as well as important letters and information. While mail might feel like an outmoded form of communication the United States Postal Service makes changing your mailing address a fairly straightforward procedure.
There are three ways that you can go about changing your address only one of which is free.
- You can visit your local postal office and you won’t need to pay any fee.
- You can update your address over the phone by calling 1-800-ASK-USPS you will be subject to a $1 fee.
- Finally, you can go to the USPS website and update your address on there. The fee is also $1.
2. If you haven’t already update your driver’s license.
Paying fees is annoying looking at you USPS but what’s even more annoying is going to the DMV. The good news is in most states you are able to go online to the DMV’s website and simply request a new ID that will match your existing address. You will need to wait a few days for delivery but more importantly, there is always a fee for this.
Sadly you can’t avoid the fee even if you go to the DMV but you can avoid going to the DMV completely in most cases which in my opinion is worth it.
3. Update Your Banking Information
This is important you will want to update your bank information quickly. Your bank will send you important information to your address as well as statements in many cases. It also uses the address to verify your billing address when you pay for items online.
All you will need to do is go online and update your bank information or in some cases, you might need to call your bank. I would personally avoid going to a local branch unless it’s required to save yourself some time.
4. Update Online Billing Information
Make sure to update your reoccurring online services such as Netflix, Amazon and other websites you frequently make purchases on are updated. If you don’t you might send it to the wrong delivery address or include the wrong billing address. The wrong billing address with an updated bank account can in turn resort in payments being declined so make sure you update this after you updated your banking information.
5. Let Your Friends & Family Know
The final and possibly most important part is to let your friends and family know you moved. A quick text or Facebook message can resolve all sorts of potential issues such as cards or gifts being sent to the wrong location.
Make sure to update them after you are moved in and a bit settled just to keep everyone in the loop.
After you have moved to a new home make sure to update your address by contacting all the important parties. Make sure your driver’s license is updated as well as your banking information. From there make sure your online services are all updated and that your friends and family are updated. This will prevent important mail from ending up at the old address and make sure no services are interrupted.