One of the most important items on your moving checklist is to notify necessary individuals of your move. You likely have more people to inform than you have imagined, but this is an important step in your moving process that cannot be overlooked—just look how it turned out for Romeo and Juliet. If Juliet’s letter had only been able to get to Romeo’s correct address in time, things could have turned out very differently for the star-crossed couple!
It may seem like an overwhelming task, but you can begin to conquer this seemingly tedious beast early in your moving process. Your first step is to simply make a list of who you need to contact. But where to start?
Below we have listed types of contacts you will need to inform of your move, so all you need to do is to fill in the blanks:
- People you owe money to: credit card companies, banks, student loan agencies, etc. Its best to pay off any minor fines you can prior to moving, however, such as library fines, video rental fines, etc. Goes along with the whole therapeutic “getting rid of things you don’t need” corollary of moving.
- Your employer: Your boss will require your new address to mail out tax documents.
- Your insurance companies: Inform them of your new contact information.
- Health and education providers: Doctors, dentists, pharmacies, schools of yours or your children. You may also need to forward records to your child’s new school. Be sure to change the address on your health card and any new emergency contact information with your health providers.
- Subscriptions to magazines and newspapers: Inform them of your change of address.
- The government: In certain areas you have only a specific amount of time to change the address on your driver’s license after moving.
- The post office: Post offices make it quick and easy to get your mail sent to your new address. Both the Canadian Postal Service and US Postal Service offer quick online methods of changing your address.
- Utility companies: gas, electric, water where applicable
- Internet, cable, and telephone providers
- Friends and family: Why wait until you get those harried emails from your aunt asking why you didn’t give her your new address? Let her know now—before its Christmas card season, for goodness sakes!
- If you are moving within Quebec: Quebec has a great site where you can notify 6 different government agencies of your move all at once:
Once it’s all laid out there, it doesn’t look so complicated, does it? Make sure to start notifying people as soon as you can, as some changes of address take time to take effect, and, moreover, you will find you have plenty of other mountains to move (indeed!) as the days leading up to relocation dwindle.