How to Change Your Address For a Move

If you’re planning a move, you’ll need to update all of your documentation to your new address. Here is everything you need to know including when should you change your mailing address when moving.

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How to Go About Changing Your Address

The first thing you’ll want to know is when is the best time to change address when moving? Ideally, you want to get this process started at least two to four weeks before your official move-out date. This will ensure you don’t miss out on any important mail once you have moved into your new place. You should change your address before moving because it will take a couple of weeks for government agencies and utility companies to make the change to your accounts and documentation.

Who to Contact About an Address Change

When moving, you need to contact all utility companies you make payments to like your phone company, television provider, heating and electricity or gas provider, and other utility companies. You will also need to advise your credit card companies, banks, your employer, your insurance providers, and the city. You will have to contact the IRS and the DMV, as well, to have all of your legal documentation updated.

Changing Your Address After a Move

Changing your address before moving is ideal. It allows you to get everything in order without missing out on important mail. In the event your move is very rushed and it slipped your mind, changing address after moving can also be done. You will need to contact all of the same people, but you will have to advise them that you have already moved and may not have access to your mail at the previous address. Then they can reissue you any bills or documents that have already been mailed out to the old address.

Fees Associated with Changing Your Address

A change of address postal moving may present fees. For example, USPS may charge up to $40 to forward your mail or complete an address change. In most cases, there is no charge but some agencies may charge a nominal fee for updating your paperwork. If you are changing your address after moving, you may also have some extra fees. The DMVs in most states allow you to change your address in the first 30 days after your move and a few states even allow you to change it after 90 days. You should verify the rules in your state because you may be charged if you surpass the grace period allotted to you in your state.

The Best Way to Change Your Address for a Move

The best way to keep on top of changing your address with minimal fees is to prepare a list beforehand so you know exactly who you have to notify. Be sure to give them at least two to four weeks to process your request so you don’t miss out on any important mail. If you are expecting government documents in the mail at your new home and haven’t received them, you should follow up to ensure the address change was completed.