Four People You Should Contact Before Moving

Whether you're moving just down the street or to a neighborhood across town, there are many things you need to do before the big move. Besides your checklist of tasks to finish completing, you'll also want to make a list of those who will need your change of address. Here are four people you should contact before moving.

Your Local Movers

If you're planning on having a moving company help you with the move, you'll need to book them sooner rather than later. You can usually start the process of booking your mover about two weeks before your move date, or as soon as you know when you're moving. However, if you are moving in the summer, which is the busiest time of the year for moving companies, you may have to contact them two months before you move. If this isn't possible, give local movers at least four weeks advance notice.

Your Postal Service

As soon as you know your new address, it's a good idea to get this information submitted to the U.S. Postal Service. This will help to alleviate any disruptions in getting your mail plus it will let the post office know to forward your mail to your new address, which they will do for six months. Besides the postal service, you'll want to do a change of address with your credit card company, your bank, and any magazines or catalogs that you subscribe to.

Your Utility Company

If you're going to be able to keep the same utility company, it shouldn't be any problem to simply transfer your services from one location to the next. However, if for some reason you need to switch your provider, it's a good idea to contact them at least two weeks before you move. You'll also need to let your current provider know about two weeks in advance when you'll need things disconnected. 

Your Family and Friends

Of course you'll want to let your family and all of your friends know that you're moving. One advantage of letting them know is that you might find some people to help you move. It's also a great way to let people know where to send that next holiday card or birthday greeting. Some people take a picture next to their new home and send out postcards with their new address. For security purposes, it's probably not a good idea to announce your new address to everyone on social media.