Who to Notify of Change of Address after Moving?
Modern life can be very confounding, and there are many bit-players involved in our daily activities. We need to remain updated with service providers, customers, clients, passwords, addresses, due dates for bills and ongoing contractual obligations. When moving to a new home, all of the above and more may need to be changed and updated, so advance planning is essential.
The decision to move house is something that may have taken months to evolve. Once the decision is finalised it would seem unwise to think everything will just fall in place. There is a lot to do still, and your move should begin with a personal consultation with your chosen mover. Once you have decided on the company that fulfills your requirements you can choose a moving date that suits you and your family. Around six weeks advance notice is usually enough time to get everyone sorted and ready to move.
The physical move, although strenuous and sometimes nerve-wracking, is usually over and done with same day around Sydney. However, the logistics of your move will cover much more than that, and there could be dozens of companies or people that require notification of your changed circumstances.
Service providers, insurers, banks and more
Service providers such as electricity and phone companies will need to update your details plus disconnect and reconnect at both old and new addresses. Again, advance planning is important unless you are happy to live in a dark house without a phone for a period of time.
Banks, insurance companies, hire-purchase companies, government agencies and other organisations still use snail mail. You will need to notify everyone of your new address so their communications reach you. It’s no use finding the best value moving company only to realise at a later date that someone has been using free electricity in your old home.
Your move could actually have a bearing on some insurance policies. For example, car insurance premiums will change according to incidence of theft in your new neighbourhood, or due to the opportunity to park on your own property or in a garage.
Don’t forget the kids
A move is a big change for kids also. You might need to enrol them in a new school or child-care centre, purchase uniforms, update library details, investigate bus timetables, and more. You will also need to investigate the time it takes to get from your new home to local shops, bus stops, parks and playgrounds. It’s a good idea to visit the new neighbourhood several times before moving in. Talk to the locals and new neighbours, as they are often the best source of local knowledge.
Part of your moving preparation should be to compile a list of everyone you will need to contact regarding the move. It’s guaranteed you won’t remember everyone initially, and you will be surprised how long the list can become. Do your homework and make a simple spreadsheet detailing names, addresses, contact details, etc.
Don’t rely on the collection of business cards stuffed in the draw, phone numbers scratched on scraps of paper, or your (almost) perfect memory. Cards tend to sink to the bottom of packing boxes or get scattered like confetti, scraps of paper invariably get tossed out during packing and cleaning, and your memory…well, for some of us it’s hard to remember what we had for lunch this time last week, what to speak of our entire inventory of contacts.
Keeping friends and family in the loop
Last but not least, notify your good friends and close family members about the move. Neighbours should also be notified prior to the move in case they need to relocate vehicles or other obstacles out of the way during the move. The same thing goes at the new address. It’s fine to have an easy-going attitude, but it’s guaranteed your mood will change if obstacles or delays occur during the move.
Take time to celebrate the move. Invite those friends and family members over once you have settled in. Unless you are moving interstate or overseas, your move doesn’t need to result in complete separation from loved ones. Keep the kids in the loop also. They will make new friends in time, but may also wish to remain close to their present friends. Invite them over, or go visit sometime.
Your move is a major change of location, but that doesn’t mean your entire life needs to be turned upside down. You will probably choose to stick with major service providers and long-term companies, and moving house can actually be a good time to re-negotiate contracts and policies in your favour.