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Change of Address Checklist

Mar 8, 2021 8:35:43 AM / by Hignell Rentals Team

checklistMoving to a new address can be so exciting yet exhausting at the same time. There are so many different things you have to remember in addition to just packing up your old place and physically moving it to your new place. 

We want to help you make sure you don’t miss any details in the midst of your move! Part of those details is making sure you've notified everyone who needs to be notified of your change in address. With everything else you have to accomplish within your move, it's one that can easily slip through the cracks.

That’s why we found the best article that lists out all the places you need to notify when you have a change of address! We also created a handy printable checklist for you. 

Address to Change When Moving: The Complete Checklist

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Government agencies

1. The United States Postal Service

When you move, the first thing you’ll want to do is to make sure your mail moves with you! Change your address at the official USPS® Change-of-Address website. It costs $1.05 to change your address with USPS®. This fee verifies that it’s you wanting to change your address, not someone fraudulently doing so on your behalf. Make sure to be wary of any third-party sites that ask you to pay more than that for their service. You can also change your address in-person at any post office.

If you’ve made a mistake or have had a change in plans, here’s how to edit or cancel your change-of-address.

Bonus tip: If you go the online route, you can get instant access to over $750 in special offers and savings when you complete your change of address submission.

2. DMV (or any state licensing agency)

The next step on your change-of-address checklist should be updating your driver’s license and vehicle registration. If you haven’t taken a trip to the DMV, have you even moved at all? While we can hear your groan from here, visiting the DMV is an important step — and one that can be done online in most states. Though options can vary based on which state you’re moving to and from, you’re legally required to change your license and registration address, so don’t skip this.

Financial services

6. Banks and investment services

You’re going to want to make sure any statements and bills are sent to the right place. Notify your bank, as well as companies where any investments lie. While you’re at it, order updated checks.


10. Gas & electricity

The address change should be a natural part of switching over your utilities, but its importance can’t be understated. Be sure to give the utility company a few days heads up to avoid an electricity-free weekend welcome in your new home.


13. Health, dental and life insurance

Changing your address with health, dental, and life-related insurance will help ensure you’re covered in your new city or state.

People and animal care

16. Employer

Your employer will need to know your new address to keep records current.

Online services

19. Retail websites

Who are we kidding? Amazon Prime was probably the first place you updated your address. In case we’re wrong, here’s a reminder to update your new billing and mailing address on any retail sites, especially those with recurring payments.


22. Retail clubs

If you’re part of retail clubs like Sam’s or Costco, notify them so you can keep bulking up (and, speaking of bulking, update your gym membership as well).

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Print Out Your Change of Address Checklist

Make it easier on yourself and print out our simple change of address checklist and attach it to your fridge. This way you can easily keep track of who you've contacted and who still needs to be notified!

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Make sure you have everything crossed off the list when it comes to moving by downloading our free Ultimate Guide to Moving!

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