Troubleshooting

Published on December 8th, 2018 | by Sunit Nandi

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How To Change Your Address When You’re Moving

Changing your address with all the companies and government agencies that you deal with when you move is a hassle, but it is essential. It’s a chore that most people would prefer to avoid. In this post, we will give you ideas on how to change your address when moving quickly and easily.

Make a List and Check It Twice

First, you want to prepare to get everything changed. Start by making a list of all the companies that you want to update your address with. Start by listing all the firms that send you monthly bills, then work on subscriptions, and then move onto places that send mail once in a while.

Don’t forget to include your short-term and long-term insurers and investment companies in the list of people to notify.

Do You Want to Do the Notifications Yourself?

If you’re rushed already, or not in the mood to deal with that long list of companies, some firms will handle the notifications for you. You give them the updated details, and the list of companies that they need to contact, and they’ll take it from there.

Some governmental agencies, like the Social Security Administration and the IRS, won’t take instructions for a change of address from a third party. If this is the case, the company will tell you what to do instead.

If You Decide On The DIY Option

You’ll need to go through your list and find out how to get the details updated. Can you send in a change-of-address card or an email? Is there an online service option, or maybe an option to do this on the company’s app? Do you have to call in or do you have to go into the firm in person?

Most companies are flexible with their options here. If they do offer self-service, you can often update the details that way. If they don’t, make a list of the account numbers you have, and then look up the call center options online.

List the numbers next to the company name and account number on your list. This list can be useful at a later stage, so do consider keeping a copy somewhere safe.

Also, make a note of your complete new address, and, if you do have a new phone number, that too. The notes can be useful to refer to when making your calls. (If you’re doing a lot at one time, it might get boring, so keep the written information handy, so you have a backup if your concentration slips.)

Work on the List

How fast you’ll be able to complete this task will depend on how much time a day you can devote to it. It is easier if you can set aside a block of time to do this, but that’s not possible for everyone. If you have to break it up, set yourself a daily target of calls to make and work through it.

Approached systematically, updating your details can be relatively painless.

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