When you are moving homes, there are many tiny details that one needs to pay attention to. One of the trickiest things to keep track of is coming up with a list of people who you need to inform when you are moving.
There are so many places that we unconsciously use our address and these services are often registered under our home address.
It is important to get in touch with all these people and service providers so that they can be updated with your address and you face no interruptions with the services.
To help you with this task, we have created a detailed list of people and places you need to get in touch with once your move to a new home has been finalized.
1. The Local Authorities
The local authorities require to know that you are changing addresses and you need to update them with your new address as well. These local authorities refer to –
- The Australian Taxation Office (check out their website for more information – www.ato.gov.au/
- You will be required to register again with your new address with the Australia Electoral Commission.
- Get in touch with the Department of Work and Pension and fill out the required forms for changing your old address to your new one.
- You will also have to contact Australian Post and change your address there as well.
- Other government organizations you must get in touch with are libraries, concession card centres, schools, universities, Human services, Driver’s License office.
2. Any Recreational Clubs You Are Part of
These clubs mean your community swimming pool, any health club or the gym you are a part of, any magazine subscriptions that have your old postal address, any other clubs where you have provided your address.
3. All The Services You Use In Your Home
There are many services that we sign up for that require our address. Some of these services are television cable, landline phone, wifi services, and electricity.
4. Updating Your Driving Documents
One of the most important documents that you need to make sure that you change your address on your driving license.
Changing this is very easy – all you need to do is visit the official website and fill up a form that helps you change the address easily.
Once you have filled the form, you will receive your updated driver’s license in just 3-4 weeks. Changing your address on your car insurance is also important.
Your car insurance needs to be updated with your recent address so that in case anything does go wrong, you have all the documents in place.
5. Changing the Addresses in Educational Institutions
Get in touch with any of your educational institutions or any of your kid’s schools and colleges and make sure you inform them about the change in address.
The process is actually quite simple – you will either be asked to fill a form or just give them the address. The procedure of changing the address varies from institute to institute, but make sure that this information is conveyed once the move has been finalized.
6. Changing the Address at Different Medical Services
These medical services include your dentist, your general physician, your optician or your pet’s vet. These organizations use your address on their files to keep track of their patients.
They use the address to also send certain communication by post or for home visits in case you need one. The best thing you can do is book an appointment before the move and inform them about the change in address.
7. Updating the Insurance Details
Most insurance companies send their communication through the post, using your postal address. Also, to work out how much the cost of cover and premium is, some insurance companies use your postcode as well.
So if there is a change in postcode, then these matters can change as well. Get in touch with all the providers for the following insurance – health insurance, life insurance, home insurance, car insurance, travel insurance, and pet insurance.
8. Informing the People Working in Your Home
If you have the help that assists you with maintaining your home and getting things done on a regular basis like a cleaner, gardener, accountant or a solicitor, it is important that you let them know that you will be shifting homes.
This way, they can also plan their months accordingly and look for new jobs. You need to make sure that this change is also a smooth transition for them because they might be depending on the income you give them to run their household.
9. Informing the Utility Providers
There are many utilities that are responsible for turning a house into a home. Some of these utilities include electricity, gas, water, and mail.
These are services that we may not acknowledge very often because it is almost impossible to live without them and they have become such a regular part of our lives.
Updating all these service providers that you are moving is important so that they can deactivate your account and you will not have to pay unnecessarily.
In case you want to continue with the same service provider when you move to your new place, they can also assist you in getting the services there. Planning this out beforehand is suggested, rather than dealing with it at the last moment.
10. Letting Banks and Other Monetary Organizations Know
These money-related places include banks, loan providers, debit and credit card companies, and others of the sorts. For banks, the address is a key factor because that is where they deliver the chequebook and other important documents.
If you fail to change the address, you can be blamed for identity theft, so keep this mind when you are moving. Contact the bank or the loan company and their customer care professionals will guide you through the process that may otherwise seem very daunting.
11. Last But Definitely not the Least, Your Friends and Family
This may seem very obvious, but sometimes the most obvious moves may slip our minds. Make sure that you update your friends and family about the move way before the final day. You can do this over a group text because calling each one of them can be quite tricky.
If you want to handle this in a very systematic manner, making a list of all the people you need to inform and ticking them off the list once it’s done is the best way to go forward. This way, you may even get some volunteers who may want to help you on the day of the move.
It really helps to have a list of places you need to contact, which is why being organized and making sure you have reached out to everyone on this list while moving will result in a smoother and hassle-free move.
While telling your friends and family is quite the obvious one, there are many other places where you may miss out. We hope this list helps you stay sorted and relaxed at the beginning of your new journey!