Moving can be quite hectic and there are a lot of things that need to be done before you can move your items. Often times, people forget to do the following things that are all too natural in our lives, but they seem to just slip our minds. If you have not taken the steps to complete these things, set aside some time and think about whether or not you need to.
- Talk to Your Insurance Company
Did you know that your car insurance may go up or down depending on where you live? Also, if you do not inform the insurance company that you have moved, you may not be covered in the event that an accident does occur in your new city.
You should let the insurance company know the moment you move or up to two weeks prior to your move. This will allow them to ensure your plan is updated and you can ensure you are okay with the new rate.
- Cancel Any Recurring Charges You May Have
With everything else that is on your plate, you probably have not even given thought to many of the monthly recurring charges that you likely have. Think about it for a moment. Gym membership? Streaming services? Any subscription boxes?
All of these things will need to be either cancelled or sent to your new address. Fortunately, many of these things are easy to switch over, but it does take time and if you are moving, you need to plan to give these companies at least a month to switch everything over.
If you find that you cannot transfer your gym membership or another service over to your new address, you may need to cancel and then restart the service once you are settled in.
- Tell Your Bank and Utility Companies
You want to make sure your bank and utility companies know when you will be moving as well. A sudden move may cause your card to be frozen due to fraud. For example, if your bank is used to purchases in Florida and you suddenly make a move to California and buy stuff, the bank may freeze the card under suspicion of fraud.
Your utility companies also need to know when you plan to move so that they can arrange to have your utilities turned off and then started somewhere else.
- Change Your Address
Many people forget to tell their mail carrier that they will be moving. Fortunately, you can fill out a paper change of address or submit your request online. You can choose when to have a mail forwarded as well. This service is a good backup in case you forget to tell someone that your address changed.
As you can see, some of the above things are easily forgotten and you may have even let them slip your mind. Now that we got you back on track, go ahead and start to check them off your list as you complete them.