It has happened in every apartment for rent I have ever moved in to. You skip down the steps to greet the post man on your first day, all excited to see what sort of letters and post cards you’ve been sent. Low and behold your mailbox is full – heaping even!
The problem: none of it’s for you. It’s all the past tenants’ mail, going back for years upon years upon years. Some are kind of fun (free National Geographic!), some are horrendous (Life Insurance-R-Us!), all of it is a waste. The worst part: chances are you’re part of the cycle.
In the process of moving, we always forget to notify someone of our departure – traditionally that’s just the way it is. This checklist is designed to help everyone succeed with a No Mail Left Behind move.
A Mover’s Notification Checklist
Thing to Cancel then Renew at Your New Place
There are things you need to cancel when you move out. Chances are a land lord will have a role in some of these processes, but make sure you double check for yourself. The last thing you want is your name on someone else’s bill.
- Lawn service
- Local club memberships
- Local newspaper subscription
Things to Transfer
Other things you will want (or need) to keep around: prescriptions, your subscription to The New Yorker, your tax return. Each item will probably have its own process for updating your contact information and mailing address, but hopefully most of it can be done online.
- Pharmacy prescriptions
- Magazines subscriptions
- National newspaper subscriptions
- Alumni/ae literature
- Bank statements
- Credit card statements
- Tax stuff
- Social Security information
- Immigration status
- Voter registration
Official Change of Address Form: let the USPS know you’re new address over the internet
IRS Change of Address Form: that way your tax returns know where to go. You can print out this PDF and mail it in. Directions are on page two of the form.
Social Security Change of Address Form: This one is especially important if you are receiving disability, retirement or survivors benefits.
U.S. Customs and Immigration Change of Address Form: Most non-U.S. citizens need to report their change in address within 10 days of moving. You can do it either online or by mail.
Drivers License Change of Address Form: Each state has different rules and processes. Here they are.
Voter Registration: Again, each state is different. Learn about them here.