If you’re a fan of “to-do” lists, you’re going to love moving in Southern Maryland! The list you’ll make when it’s time to move is one of the lengthiest you’ll ever make. From gathering boxes and moving materials to hiring movers (or recruiting volunteers!) to timing everything around your closing date … phew! There’s a lot to do.
We’ve got one more chore to add to your list, and it’s one that gets forgotten: You need to let people and businesses know your new addresses.
Here are the most critical services and organizations you need to notify.
U.S. Postal Service
This is the most critical notification you’ll need to make, and thankfully, they make it easy. You can even specify what date you want to start getting mail at your new address.
Visit USPS.com and fill out the form, or pick up a change-of-address card at your local post office.
Your utilities need to stay on during the escrow period so that the buyer can conduct inspections, even if your home is vacant. Once your moving date is firm, however, let all of your utilities know the shut-off date.
At the same time, let utilities know when you’d like them to be turned at your new Southern Maryland home. Here are the utilities most people will need to call:
- Propane delivery
- Internet service provider
- Landline phone company
- Mobile phone provider
You should also notify those who provide you with ongoing services, such as:
- Pool service
- Pet waste pickup
- Dog walker
Your pet’s microchip company
It’s not uncommon for owners to fail to keep their pet’s microchip information updated, but you want to make sure you do it. Pets in unfamiliar surroundings often get loose, become disoriented and, without a way to find you, the pet usually ends up at the pound.
If you remember which company your pet’s microchip is with, go to the company’s website and file a change of address and phone number (if it will be changing).
If you can’t remember the company, visit your pet’s veterinarian. They’ll typically scan the pet for free. Then you can notify the company of your new details.
Voter registration, Social Security, and other government benefits
Voting: Learn how to change your voter registration at USA.gov.
Social Security: You can change your address with the Social Security Administration online as well. If you don’t have an account at the Social Security website, you’ll need to create one first (it’s free). You can do that at SSA.gov.
Other services: Collecting unemployment insurance benefits or public assistance? Call their offices to determine how they prefer you to file an address change.
The USPS will forward your mail, but we’re of the opinion that banking information is to important to trust anyone else with it. Change your address with your bank(s), retirement fund companies, and credit cards.
Driver’s license and registration
DMV.org offers a handy tool for people in all 50 states to determine what is required to change their address with the DMV.
This list is by no means comprehensive, but it does list some of the most important notifications you’ll need to make when you move.
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