Many people who are changing houses ask this question: Who do you need to tell when you move house?
There are so many people, service providers, government agencies who need to be notified when you move houses, and it is easy to overlook things during the chaos of moving house. To help you, we have prepared a change of address checklist. You can always customize this moving house change of address checklist to suit your needs.
Remember, it is mandatory for everyone to inform governmental agencies such as electoral office, Medicare about your relocation. Also, you need to also inform your friends and family members of your relocation and change of address so that they can send mail to your new address and you never miss any mail. To get you started here are some guidelines that will help you prepare a great change of address checklist that mentions everyone and every office or agency that needs to be notified.
Step 1- Make a list of your important mail
Whenever you sit to create moving house change of address checklist, the first thing you need to do is make a list of important mail you receive regularly. This is an easy thing to so and you can start at least three months prior the final moving day. Keep a note of every mail you receive. The three months period suggestion is given because some service providers like banks and utility service providers send mail and updates on a quarterly basis. During this change of address checklist exercise, write down the name of the company or organization in the change of address notification list.
Step 2 – Cross check your change of address notification list with our checklist.
When you are done with compilation of change of address notification list do a cross-reference check with our change of address checklist to ensure you have not missed anyone important. Since every house moving is different, there will be some entries in our checklist that would not be applicable to you. Hence we always advise customizing the moving house change of address notification list as per your needs.
It is a good idea to categorize the change of address notification list right from the start as it will help you identify if you are missing an important one after you are done with a compilation of final checklist. You can create categories like Government, Utilities, Financial, Pets, and Cars as shown below.
Here is our change of address notification list for Australia.
- Australia Post
- Driver license
- Electoral Commission of Australia
- Australian Taxation Office
- of Human Services – Child Support Agency and Medicare
- Senior cards
- Pension cards
- Concession cards
- Water and Sewerage
- Mobile Phone
- Home Phone
- Pay TV
Insurance, Financial and Legal Services
- House and contents insurance
- Financial advisor
- Legal representatives, such as solicitors and lawyers
- Credit card service providers
- Bank and Credit unions
- Life Insurance
Medical and Healthcare
- General practitioner
- Personal trainer
- Health insurance company
- National Pet Register
- Child Care
- Family And Friends
- Magazine and Newspaper subscriptions
- Professional membership organizations
- Mail order catalogs
Step 3 – Unsubscribe from unwanted memberships and subscriptions
There is a possibility that you might be receiving some unwanted mail. For example, you might be receiving mail order catalogs from toddlers clothing company which is not used as your child has grown up. You might be also receiving utility bills that you never open. You should de-clutter your life before moving to a new location which also includes removing your name from unwanted mailing lists. Wherever possible opt for e-bill and take necessary steps to unsubscribe from unwanted mail.
Step 4 – Decide a priority for every entry in moving house change of address checklist
Depending on a number of days remaining for the final moving day, it would be very early to initiate change your address notification activity for particular organizations or service providers. For example, some utility providers are sending you monthly bills; you need to wait until there is less than one month remaining for the final moving day. Similarly, for any utility or service providers who send you bills on a quarterly basis, you cannot send them a request for address change unless the final moving day is less than 90 days away. In such cases, you should wait to notify the utility service providers until the final moving day is near.
Mails from some organizations are less frequent like Electoral Roll Commission and Australian Taxation Office. You can start notifying these organizations about the change in address. Many organizations allow you to change address online. You need to take note of such organization and service providers who offer this online facility.
Step 5- Keep records and receipts of change your address requests
Once you have filed a request for change of address with any organization or service provider, they will generally provide with some kind of confirmation or receipt when your request has been received, accepted or approved. You need to keep track of all requests for change of address and keep the records and receipts safely. For example, not voting in local council election can invite a fine of $20. If you have the receipt of the request for change of address submitted to Australian Electoral Commission and your name still did not appear in electoral roll, the electoral commission might levy the fine. This also applies to utility service providers. In many cases, the utility service providers will waive off the fine if you notified them of change of address but the bill was mailed to old address.
Step 6 – Opt for a mail redirection service
Moving house is a stressful thing for many and though you have been careful you can forget to enter some names of organizations in your moving house change of address checklist. Don’t stress yourself about these mistakes as you can always opt for mail redirection service offered by Australian Post. You can opt for a redirection mail service for one month, two months, six months or 1 year depending on your requirement. The only thing you should know that it takes three days to process your application of mail redirection before the service is functional for you.
Follow these tips while making a change of address checklist and you will find the entire process becomes simple for you.