Moving into a new home involves much more than just relocating your belongings. You need to re-establish your local support system, set up new accounts and notify government agencies of your new address. Below are a hand full of often overlooked items you should consider prior to moving day.
Set up New Accounts with Utility Providers.
Lights, air and hot water are easy to take for granted until they are noticeably absent. You’ll want to contact the electric and gas companies several weeks in advance of your move to give them sufficient time to set up your utilities and service appliances.
Register Your Vehicle.
When moving into a new area you need to notify municipal and state revenue authorities of which vehicles you are registering at your new address. Once in their database, they’ll notify you of property tax and licensing deadlines. Doing this ahead of time will save you from additional headaches when you make your first trip to the local DMV to update your license and plates.
Register to Vote.
Avoid hassles with absentee voting by registering to vote ahead of Election Day. Most states accept the National Mail Voter Registration Form, but there are exceptions. Check with your local election commission to identify local rules, polling stations and election dates.
Forward Your Mail.
The United States Postal Service allows you to forward mail from your old address for up to a full year if you choose to renew after the first six months of complimentary service. Simply submit a Change of Address form online or fill out a paper form at your local post office.
Locate New Health Resources
Better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your family’s health. Find preferred providers, clinics and local pharmacies and create a contact list for everyone in the family to reference. Don’t forget about Fido either. A local vet should be on your emergency list as well if pets are making the trip with you.
Contact Insurance Companies.
Considering all of your property is at risk during a move, you’ll want to be certain that you are covered. Talk to an insurance agent about covering liabilities during your move and how to transfer your homeowner’s and auto policies to your new address.
Make a call to the local paper to ensure that your subscription preferences are on file. You don’t want unnecessary papers piling up on the new lawn.
Keep a Folder of Receipts.
If your move is job-related, there is a good chance you can write off many of the expenses you incur. Consult with your tax advisor to get a list of deductible move expenses and keep your receipts in a safe place.