When you first decide to move, you've probably been thinking about it a long time - debating whether you should move - before finally choosing to pack up your home. So, once the decision has been made, you need to announce your move to the rest of your world and while this may seem obvious about who to tell, it's surprising how many people usually leave someone off the list.
Here's who you need to tell listed in order of notification.
1. Immediate Family First
Yup, family comes first. Of course, if you have a spouse and kids, hopefully, you've included them in the decision to move. Children tend to accept the decision easier if you involve them in the move from the very beginning. So once you've told the kids they're moving, then it's time to tell the rest of your family, starting with the people who are part of your daily life.
2. Friends and Neighbors
I believe there's very little difference between family and friends, so while the first group of people you should tell is listed as the family, you may be like me and think of your closest friends as family. In that case, they belong in the first category. For the rest of the people who make up your social life, let them know soon after you've decided to move. You may need their help and support in the coming weeks. Also, don't forget to tell your neighbors. Even if you don't have a close relationship, neighbors are affected by your move, especially on moving day.
Give them a heads up of how your move might affect them, including any scheduled open houses, extra trash and when you expect the movers you hired to arrive.
3. Real Estate Agent or Landlord
If you own your home, you need to let your real estate agent know about your move and when your house will go on the market.
If you rent, you have to notify your landlord of your moving date. Hopefully, you've provided enough notice that you get your security deposit back. Make sure you check your lease agreement before you break it.
If you're planning to leave your job, make sure you give enough notice to your employer. Most companies require at least two weeks notice. If you're staying in the same position and only moving houses, you still need to notify your human resources department to ensure they have your new address. You might also need some time off so advance notice is always appreciated.
Any government agencies that you deal with should be notified of your new address, including both state and federal. The IRS, DMV and, in our case because we're Green Card holders, the INS. That's a lot of acronyms to keep track of, but you'll be glad that you did when it's time to vote, pay your taxes or renew your vehicle's registration. Even if you plan to pay the postal service to reroute your mail to the new address, letters can go missing. Plus, some government agencies only send out notices once a year and your change of address service may expire before then.
6. Service Companies
Service providers, such as cable, internet and utility services need to be notified prior to your move.
To avoid paying a penalty, most companies require prior notice in order to disconnect from your old home and reconnect in your new space. Call as soon as you know where you're moving to and the moving date.
7. Post Office
It's always worth it to pay for a mail forwarding service. I usually sign up for a three-month service, which is usually enough time to notify other companies of our move.