When you have to move, notifying all the right people makes the transition much smoother than it otherwise would be. If you know whom to notify and then do it, it will help you avoid headaches and trauma later on. You don’t want to move to a new house without heat or electricity, do you? To help you out, then, here are the 7 people you need to notify when you move in Santa Cruz.
1. Post Office
One of the most important entities to notify when you move in Santa Cruz is, of course, the post office. You certainly want your email to arrive – and on time – at your new home.
You don’t necessarily have to do this in person anymore. You can put in an official change of address on the U.S.Postal Service website. Just keep in mind that there will be a small fee to verify your identity, so have your credit or debit card handy.
2. Utility Companies and Other Service Providers
You should next probably notify when you move your utility companies and other service providers.
Moving pros advise letting “your utility providers know you’re moving at least two weeks prior to the move, so you don’t experience service lapses and past-due bills. Tell your providers when your moving day is, so the utilities are disconnected and then reconnected at your new home. You Wouldnt want to arrive at your new residence only to find the power out!”
The list includes:
- Electric company
- Gas company
- City services like water and trash collection
- Phone company
- Cable provider
- Internet provider
3. Credit Card Companies
Be sure to notify your credit card companies when you move in Santa Cruz. This can be done near the day of the move or even right after. You can access your account with your credit card company online and then put your new info in the appropriate change-of-address section.
And don’t forget about your loyalty cards. “After you move, don’t forget to update your new address on your loyalty cards. Many loyalty programs let you do this online. This may seem like it’s at the bottom of your list, but you could miss out on savings like rebates or coupons.”
4. Department of Motor Vehicles
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is certainly a place you should notify when you move, typically very soon after you move. Some states have tight deadlines for updating auto registrations and getting new licenses, so be sure to stay on top of this.
You can go to https://www.dmv.org/relocation/ to find guidelines about DMV requirements for moving from one state to another.
5. All Insurance Providers
Your insurance providers will need your new address on your policies. And this includes providers for homeowners insurance, health insurance, auto insurance, dental insurance, and life insurance – basically, all of them.
If you don’t update your information, you may encounter difficulty when you have to file a claim.
6. Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration
And, of course, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants to know where you are. Tax documents contain your sensitive information, so you don’t want them to go to the wrong place. You can put in a change of address with the IRS in person or by phone or mail. Just keep in mind that processing can take anywhere from four to six weeks.
Be sure to notify the Social Security Administration as well, especially if you’re still receiving paper statements. If you’re receiving benefits, this is something you must do. You can apply for a change of address online at https://www.ssa.gov/open/data/change-of-address-online-apps.html or by phone at 800-772-1213.
7. Your Employer
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s still something to keep in mind. According to experts . . .
“Odds are your boss and immediate co-workers know that you’re moving . .. but what about your human resources department? Even if your paychecks get deposited directly into your bank account, you still want tax forms, retirement account statements, and other important documents sent to your new address, as these papers may contain personal information that could be used to steal your identity.”
Ask Your Santa Cruz Agent
Finally, keep in mind that this is by no means an exhaustive list of the people you need to notify when you move in Santa Cruz. There are many more, for example, your bank(s), voter registration board, shopping websites, newspapers and magazines, and, of course, family and friends. Notifying all these people of your move will make the transition so much easier and more pleasant.
So be sure to ask your Santa Cruz agent about whom to notify when you move. Your agent, while not a moving professional, will know a lot about this and can provide valuable guidance. Let our agents assist you in making your move as smooth as possible. To discover more about this, just send us a message or give us a call at 831-588-2334.