When preparing to move, one of your most important tasks doesn’t involve boxes, packing tape, or moving companies. You also want to notify important people and service providers far enough in advance to ensure you have a smooth, stress-free move.

At Connie & Jamie, we believe the job of a Napa realtor goes far beyond sharing information on Napa homes for sale. We also enjoy helping our clients pave the way to a successful transition to their new home.

If you’re in the process of moving, here’s who to notify ahead of time.

Who To Notify When You Move

From the post office to your car insurance provider, letting people know in advance of your new address keeps them in the loop and guarantees you won’t miss out on important updates or billings. Keep an eye on your mail to see who you need to notify, but here are the biggies you want to cover, even if they never send you correspondence.

  • Your employer. Let your employer know about your upcoming move as early as a month in advance to ensure you receive important tax documents and other work-related information. You should also notify the IRS directly.
  • The post office. You can either visit your local office or fill out a change of address form online. You can also have your mail forwarded to your new address for one year after you move, which is usually enough time to guarantee anyone who needs to be notified has been.
  • Utility companies. Notify utility providers, including gas, electric, water, cable, phone, and internet, at least two weeks before your move so you don’t experience service lapses or past-due bills. If your new home is located in the same service area, let the companies know when you want them turned on or switched to your name. That way, you won’t arrive at your new residence to find the power out. You can also check your new town’s website to see if you need to arrange other city services such as waste collection.
  • Credit card companies. Call or contact online all credit card companies and update your address for each card.
  • Banks and other financial institutions. While many people now receive banking notifications online, companies sometimes send mailings on investment accounts, student loans, and retirement accounts.
  • Medical providers. Contact your doctor, dentist, pediatrician, optometrist, and any other healthcare provider. If you are moving far out of the area, you might want to ask for referrals to providers in your new location.
  • Insurance companies. Health insurance, life, and homeowners insurance providers should all be notified of your new address.

Lastly, if you have microchipped pets, be sure to update the contact information on the Microchip Registry. It’ll greatly improve the chances of getting them safely back to their new home.

Your Napa Realtor: We’re Here to Help!

Moving is an exciting time in your life and we want to help you enjoy the process as much as you can! Have more questions about the moving process or just want to learn more about Napa homes for sale? Contact Connie and Jamie today!