Where To Change Your Address When You’re Moving So You Don’t Miss Mail

Moving house is stressful enough without realising that your post is still being delivered to the old place and you have to go back to pick it up (assuming you even know it’s there, or the new occupants allow you… or it’s in the same continent).

To avoid the hassle, you can take these simple steps to ensure your mail is making it to your new home. And I’ve included some bonus moving tips for you too. 😉

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Having moved twice in the past year (once transatlantic and once right across the street), I know a thing or two about what it takes to make everything run as smoothly as possible. Once you’ve cut ties with a place, the last thing you’ll want to do is pop back to pick up post, so let’s ensure that doesn’t happen.

Now, before you skim the list and then skip out, remember that you’re bound to miss someone or something. Follow the steps below it to ensure everything ends up where it should, and then check out the video at the end with some additional moving tips to make the process a lot less stressful.

Here are some places you'll want to change your address:

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  • All your friends and family (or at least the ones you want to keep in touch with)
  • Your doctor and the doctors of family members (eg. your child’s paediatrician)
  • Any hospital or medical clinic you’ve attended
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    Your dentist
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    Your lawyer
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    Any broker, agent, or advisor you have
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    All your utility companies (eg. gas, electricity, water, mobile phone provider, cable & internet providers, etc.)
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    Anyone whose professional services you utilise (eg. landscaper, handyman, pool cleaner, etc.)
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    Any online store you purchase from (eg. Amazon)
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    The DMV/BMV
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    Your local garage or car dealership, and/or wherever you get your car serviced
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    Every company you have insurance with (house, car, life, health, etc.)
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    Your child(ren)’s school(s)
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    Your workplace
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    Anywhere you’re a member of a loyalty or reward programme (eg. grocery store, department store, etc.)
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    Any company who sends you a catalogue
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    Any company you have a subscription with (eg. magazines & newspapers)
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    Any bank or credit card or finance company you have an account with
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    Your local library
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    Your local authority or government agency

This list is by no means exhaustive, nor is it in order of importance, but it is a useful guide to the most likely places you’ll be receiving post from.

To make sure nothing falls through the cracks, here are some additional steps you can take:

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  1. As soon as you know you’ll be moving, start making a note of all the post that currently comes into your home. Every time you receive something, add it to a list of places you’ll need to contact. You may not have a specific date yet, so it’s pointless contacting them right now, but having that list will help you immensely when you do actually move because you’ll know exactly who you need to call.
  2. When you have your move-in date, the next thing to do is to visit your local post office and fill out a change-of-address form. (In some countries, this can be done online.) That way, from the date you select, all your post will be automatically re-directed to your new address for a set period of time. (Depending on where you live and where you’re moving to, there may be a charge for this service. It’s usually worth it.)
  3. Remember, though, that this will only account for mail delivered by the post office, not by courier, so always be sure to double check delivery details before ordering anything online. Even still, something could arrive that you forgot about or that you didn’t order yourself so, if you know the people who will be moving into your old home, leave your contact details and ask them to give you a quick call/text/email if something shows up.
  4. About a week out from your move, contact everyone that’s on your list and give them your new details. That way, if they’ve just sent something out to the old address, you’ll still likely nab it before you have to leave.
  5. Now, you’re bound to still miss a few (especially things like catalogues that may only be sent out every few months) so, once you’re all moved in, notice the mail that’s being re-directed. As soon as it arrives, contact those people and change your address with them too.

You'll likely catch absolutely everything in that net but, if not, chances are it won’t be that important anyway.

Still dreading the whole moving process? I’ve compiled my top tips to take the horrendousness out of moving house. Just click the play button below and you'll be well on your way to a smooth move:

Armed with all of the above, the whole process will be a walk in the park, and no mail will be left behind.

But tell me…

When was the last time you moved?

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