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Moving Tips

Before Moving

Let the post office know when you’ll be moving and what your new address will be; a temporary forwarding address might be necessary if you do not have a permanent one by the time you move. As an alternative, the post office will hold your mail and forward it upon written instructions from you.

If you want to rent a post office box in the new city, you must do so in person. All post office box rentals are for a minimum of six months. First-class mail is forwarded free of charge for one year.

Magazines and newspapers are forwarded for 60 days. Standard Mail (B). formerly called fourth-class/parcel post, is forwarded locally for 12 months at no charge. You pay forwarding charges if you move outside the local area.

Only one change-of-address card (Form is 3575) is necessary per family if everyone in the household is moving and if all people have the same last name. For other cases, one change-of-address card per person can be used. Mover’s Guides, which contain Form 3575 are available at your local post office, from your postal carrier, or via the Internet at www.usps.gov/rnoversnet.

Use the postcards included in the Mover’s Guide to notify your correspondents of your new mailing address. Publishing companies prefer at least four weeks’ notice — preferably six. Early notification of your new, complete mailing address, including ZIP code, can avoid.postage-due costs and eliminate the delayed receipt of your magazines and other publications.

Prepare a list of friends, relatives, business firms and others who should be notified of your move.

The following checklists will be helpful:

Places to Notify

UTILITIES
Electric
Gas
Water
Telephone
Fuel
Sewer District
Trash
Cable/Satellite Television

ESTABLISHED BUSINESS
ACCOUNTS
Dry cleaner
Bakery
Drug Store
Diaper Service
Department Stores
Water Softener Service
Lawn Service
Dairy
Laundry/Dry Cleaner
Banks
Credit Card Companies
Automobile Agency
Real Estate Agency
PUBLICATIONS
Newspaper
Magazines
Newsletters
Professional

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Doctor
Dentist
Certified Public Accountant
Lawyer
Broker

INSURANCE AGENCIES
Life
Fire
Auto
Home
Health
Accident
Hospital

GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC OFFICE
Library
City Hall – Refuse Services
City and/or County Tax Assessor
State Motor Vehicle Bureau
Social Security Administration
Veterans Administration
Draft Board

OTHER
Relatives and Friends
Business Associates
Book, Video, CD Clubs
Other Organizations and Clubs
School and Colleges
Landlord(if you are a tenant)
Tenant(if you are a landlord)
Church