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Confessions of a First-Time Renter: Who to Notify When You Have a New Address

Let’s face it; nobody really wants to get bills. But, you kinda need them to go to the right place.

That being said, I didn’t realize when I moved out just how many times I would need to fill in people about my new address. I knew I’d need to share my address with utility companies, but it was after I did that when I realized how many others would need it. Fortunately, I took an extra day off work the weekend I moved so I could get settled in – and I was thankful I did. It takes time to get organized.

Here’s a list of ten categories of people and companies that need to know about your new address:

  1. Utility companies: This is a no brainer. I only had to notify companies of my intent to start service, but you may have to end it for your old place as well.
  2. Credit cards: If you receive statements by mail like I do, you’ll want to notify your credit card companies immediately. This will help keep your information safe and save you from racking up late fees for not paying your bills on time.
  3. Your insurance agent: Whenever you change your address, you should notify your insurance agent so he or she can update your auto policy. Also ask about renters insurance since your landlord’s policy most likely won’t cover your belongings.
  4. Department of Transportation (DoT): As a licensed driver, you’re required to notify your state’s DoT within 15 days of moving. If you live in a state that requires you to have auto insurance, you also need to make sure the DoT has your updated insurance information. (Your insurance agent can do this for you.)
  5. Banks or credit unions: Even if you don’t get statements in the mail, it’s a good idea to keep your bank up to date on where you’re living. You don’t want other people getting ahold of anything with your personal information or account number on it.
  6. Employer: This will make sure you get paychecks, tax forms and more.
  7. Subscriptions: Whether you’re a subscriber to Dollar Shave Club or get HGTV magazine, update your address so you can continue receiving your favorite subscriptions.
  8. Veterinarian: If you have a furry four-legged friend who needs annual check-ups, you’ll want to get those reminders forwarded. A healthy pet is a happy pet after all!
  9. Family and friends: Even if you don’t send much by snail mail, family and friends might. My grandma specifically asked for my new address so she could send me holiday cards, which I love receiving.
  10. Health care providers: You’ll want to let your doctors (and dentist) know when you move, too.

You should also go to your local post office to fill out a change of address form (you can also do it online). That way all of your mail—not just the stuff you think is most important—will get forwarded to your new residence.

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