If you have ever moved from one location to another then you know how exciting and stressful the event can be especially if you are moving out of the area. Without proper planning, your move could create a lot of chaos for you that can be avoided. Tru-Pak Moving Systems, a licensed, bonded, and insured independent agent for United Van Lines not only understands the importance of good planning we have even included a “Moving Schedule and Planning Guide” on our website for movers to follow. Organization is the key to a successful and trouble-free move that includes more than just updating your mailing address so your current mail gets forwarded to the right location. Below are Tru-Pak’s “Moving Tips” to make sure your Shelby move goes as smooth as hopefully the road ahead you will be traveling on.
Who Do You Need to Notify When Moving?
These are the obvious and maybe not so obvious contacts you need to make before you move. We have listed them in Alphabetical Order not Order of Importance.
Alert Your Family, Friends and Trusted Neighbors
Family members and even some close friends, both local and long-distance might be last on your list of things to do, but should really be told that you have decided to move and given your new contact information in case of emergencies that might arise. Trusted neighbors should also be considered so that if you travel out of town they can look after your house during your absence. Who knows maybe they will want to throw a block party to say “goodbye”.
It is important to update your banking institutions and credit card companies if your address is changing. It is also a good idea to choose a new bank if you are moving out of the city to a new home in state or out, prior to actually completing the move.
You should notify all of your current doctors, primary, specialty, dentists, pediatricians, veterinarians, etc. and the pharmacies you currently use, even online, so your prescriptions can be forward to the new doctors and pharmacies you choose.
If you are not moving out of state then you need to check with the DMV about policies and procedures on how and when you need to update your new address for your licenses and registrations. If moving out of state, each has timeframes and guidelines on registering vehicles and drivers.
It is always important to let your employer (s) and any professional organizations you belong to know several weeks to a month ahead of time that you are changing addresses locally. This way these important indices will be able to update their records for tax, insurance, mailings, etc. Any magazines you receive need to be notified of your address change so as not to miss a single copy.
Both your insurance agent and underwriters need to be made aware of a change of address so that your current policies reflect the right information. If you are moving out of the state you might want to consider choosing a new agent and starting the process of converting old policies to new ones right away so your new structure is covered. Different states have different rates and plans, so it is a good idea on seeing exactly what the changes and new price structures will be.
If you are planning on making a move you need to inform any landlord of your expected vacancy, adhering to the guidelines of your leasing agreements. You should probably inform your former landlord of your new address for any correspondences that might transpire. If you own and lease a property you should also inform your current tenants or property management company of your expected move and new address.
If you are moving, across town, or across the nation you need to inform the USPS of your new address and when you want your current mail redirected. That can be accomplished by either an onsite visit or online. Your mail will be forwarded for up to one year from the date your forwarding actually commences.
It is very important to contact the U.S. Social Security and IRS about your new address as soon as you can. This can be accomplished online and will ensure all correspondences are up to date and that important documents have the correction made.
If you are changing even a local address you will need to contact your child’s public school of the change. If you are actually moving out of town, public school systems will forward you children’s records as a matter of course. Also, if you are enrolling your child in a completely different school system you will need to prioritize this and contact the school system immediately so you can enroll them. Any past universities or alumni organizations like to keep track of graduates and it is a good idea to contact them with an address change as a matter of courtesy.
If you plan on voting then you will need to contact the new registration office about changing your voter registration. Some states may have different rules so you will need to be cognizant of the rules so as not to be unregistered and unable to cast your ballot. You will also need an updated voter registration card so you can vote at your new polling location.
Turning on and turning off utilities is important so that you are no longer responsible for service in one location and you have electricity and water in the new location when your move has been completed. No one wants to move into their new home without having water and electric power and having cable and TV access for some is also critical. It is a good practice to contact the new companies involved for services before you need them and provide completion and turn-on dates. They can always be adjusted to meet your schedule but having completed this part of your basic services is essential for the new companies to fulfill their timeframes of installation and the old for issuing a final bill.
Tru-Pak Moving Systems Wants to be Your Mover of Choice
At Tru-Pak Moving we understand that completing address changes can be an arduous process, one that is both necessary and hopefully completed without delays. Getting a jump on the important notifications means that it is one more thing that doesn’t have to be accomplished and can make moving a somewhat less stressful event. As long as you stay organized by creating a checklist of what needs to be accomplished and who needs to be notified, this will help you navigate through any move with ease. At Tru-Pak Moving we are there with you every step of the way to advise and assist. Give us a call at 800-659-1233 ext. 210 for a free no-obligation consultation about estimates, schedules and to answer any question pertaining to your upcoming move. If you have already booked your move with Tru-Pak Moving Systems then you have a Moving Coordinator already assigned to answer any and all questions regarding your move. Do not hesitate to call them.