While the moving process is rightfully associated with packing and lifting furniture, there’s also tons of important paperwork changes involved. If you’re looking to move cross country, there are certain important things that you’ll need to do to ensure a smooth relocation. We’ve compiled a list to help you manage your paperwork when you move.
Deal with Your Landlord
Do you know how much notice you need to give your landlord before moving out according to your lease? Depending where you live, this can range anywhere from 30-90 days. Make sure you consult your lease and notify your landlord as soon as possible to avoid having to pay a cancellation fee or lose your deposit. Your landlord needs sufficient time to put the apartment on the market and arrange for new tenants to move in after you leave.
Focus on Utilities
Ending your utilities at your current address and getting them started at your new one is vital. You should start to plan this at least two weeks before your move to ensure that everything goes smoothly. This includes:
- Garbage and recycling
- Phone (if you have a landline)
If you are unable to keep the same service providers in your new neighborhood, spend some time researching contact info for your new providers so you can get it all done in one day.
Update Financial Institutions
After moving, few things are more annoying than trying to use your credit card for essentials only to realize that your bank has cancelled it because they think its fraud. After all, they are trained to block any purchases that are made outside of the state that you reside in. That’s why it’s important to update your bank about your upcoming move a few weeks before you head out of town. This will also stop them from mailing sensitive documents to your old address.
Forward Your Mail
Speaking of mail, don’t forget to contact USPS to update your mailing address. Forwarding your mail can save you tons of headaches and worries. Although you may not be too excited about receiving bills, it is essential to stay updated and responsible. With this online form, you can get it done for about a dollar. Yes, less than a dollar.
Update Your Driver’s License
Did you know that it’s illegal to move to some states without updating your driver’s license? In fact, even if you move to a new address in state, it’s important to update your driver’s license with the new address. Contact your local DMV office before you relocate to make sure that you stay within the rules.