As it gets closer to my roll out date, as in next weekend, of course, I’m so excited. I have to calm myself down and keep saying, “Focus Lynn. Focus.” At this point, I’m in the mode that if I see one more box, roll of packing tape, or bubble wrap, I’m not going to be happy. At this time the phrase, “too much of a good thing can be bad for you,” comes to mind.
As I’m thinking of the last minute things I need to do, I am gathering a list of whom I need to notify about the move. Of course family and friends, but I’m talking about others such as utilities. I’m sure you don’t want to pay for something you aren’t using or not receive important documents because you forgot to tell someone you’re moving!
It’s best to make a list while you are thinking about it so you don’t forget anyone. I just had a piece of paper on my desk so I can add to my list as I think about it until I created this document. Below are a few of those I need to contact.
Who I Need to Notify and What I Need to Cancel Because We’re Moving
It’s highly possible that you are going to forget to add someone on your list. That’s why the post office is so important; they can catch everything you miss! You’ve got two options:
- You can either get in your car, drive to the post office, and fill out the notification of new address.
- Go online to the Post Office website and fill out the change of address form online.
It will take about 7-10 business days for this to go into effect so I suggest going earlier rather than later. Any mail that arrives in the interim would just sit in the mailbox of your old address and end up in the trash can.
Let all of your Doctors know you are going to be moving so they will have your most recent address on file. You don’t want to miss appointment notifications!
Your bank needs to know if you moved. Important documents such as statements, checks, debit and credit cards will be mailed to you. You don’t want these items floating around unnecessarily so!
Friends and Family
I think this goes without saying, but I felt I would add it to the list.
Your final bills and refund of deposits will be mailed back to you so definitely want to make sure they have the correct address so they know where to send your check!
Your child’s school will need to know where to send any documentation.
Your insurance companies will need to know where to send policy documents, bills, and any other correspondence they will need to send. You need your insurance cards!
If you subscribe to any magazine or newspaper subscriptions, they will need your new address so you aren’t supporting someone else’s reading habit.
We don’t like them, but we all have them and that’s bills. Even if they don’t have your correct address, you are still responsible for them so make sure they know where you are so you receive them in a timely manner and you don’t have to worry about late fees!
There is so much to think about when it comes to moving and making sure you have your ducks all in a row, so make lists. Lists come in super handy!
To make things easier on you, I’ve created a printable for you to download. Enter your name and email address in the form below, download and you’re on your way to checkin’ these off your long to-do list! You’ll also gain access to the entire Back to the South Home Printables Library!
I know some of you may prefer to track this online rather than have another piece of paper on hand right now so I created a Google doc version. Click here for the online version of the Notify and Cancel Moving Worksheet. This version is view only. To use, copy the document. To copy, go to File -> Make a Copy. You can name it whatever you would like. This will save a version to your own Google Drive that you will be able to edit.
What would you add to the list?
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