Change of Address Checklist
Are you moving to a new home? If yes, you should prepare a change of address checklist.
When you move house, there are several different people and agencies to whom you should inform of your address change.
With that said, with moving a house is taxing work, and you might forget to inform all the necessary people and agencies about your new address, especially if you haven’t prepared a checklist in advance. However, if you forgot to inform an important agency, you might run into trouble later on. For instance, if you don’t inform Australian Postal Service about the address change, you’ll not get your mails.
When you make an address change, it is mandatory to inform government agencies like Medicare, Electoral Office, and others about the change. You would also need to tell your friends as well as family members about the address change.
Here are some useful tips to help you chart out a comprehensive change of address checklist.
First Step – List all important mail
Three months before your actual move, sit down and make a list of all important mail. This would include utility services, banks, etc. It is imperative that you complete this step, because you might have to face much problem if you fail to inform these services, organizations, and companies about your address change in advance.
Second Step – Ensure your checklist have the following services
Once you’ve created a checklist, the next step is to go through it to ensure you’ve not missed any important name. To help you do the same, we have listed all possible services, government bodies, etc., that should be informed about your address change. The list mentioned below is comprehensive and categorized into different subheadings. It is likely that some entries listed here mightn’t apply to you. If you see that’s the case, don’t worry. The reason for giving such a comprehensive list is to ensure it helps a wider group. This list helps you crosscheck if you’ve missed an important name and make corrections.
When you create your own list, it is better if you categorize it into different subheadings, just like the way it is done below. Creating sub-headings and putting entries under suitable categories not only gives your list a neat look but also make it easier to see if any important entry has been mistakenly left out.
Change of Address Notification List
- Driver License
- Australia Post
- Australian Taxation Office
- Electoral Commission of Australia
- Senior Cards
- Concession Cards
- Department of Human Services – Child Support Agency and Medicare
- Pension Cards
- Water and Sewerage
- Home Phone
- Mobile Phone
- Pay TV
Insurance, Financial, and Legal Services
- Stock Broker
- Financial Advisor
- House and contents insurance
- Credit card service providers
- Legal Representatives, like lawyers and solicitors
- Bank and credit unions
- Life Insurance
Medical and Healthcare
- General Practitioner
- Personal trainer
- Health Insurance Company
- National Pet Register
- Child Care
- Family and Friends
- Mail order catalogs
- Magazine and newspaper subscriptions
- Professional membership organizations
Third Step – Unsubscribe yourself from unneeded memberships
Moving a house is a good time to go through your mail and unsubscribe through those which are not useful to you anymore. For instance, let’s say you subscribed to a free newsletter from a child-healthcare organization some years back but now you don’t even read them because your kids are now in their teen years. You can easily unsubscribe from this mail and other mails that you don’t need to reduce the amount of total mail you receive. It is also a good idea to opt for e-bills in case of utility services.
Fourth Step – Decide when to inform
While it may be easier to inform everyone at one go, this approach is less than perfect. Different services might be sending you mails at different frequencies. For instance, your utility providers might be mailing your bills every month while your bank might be sending you statements every quarter. So in such a scenario, you would need to inform your bank less than 90 days before the move and your utility provider 30 days before. Some organization send mails infrequently like Australian Taxation Office. You can kick start the process of sending address change notifications by informing such services first. Several services and companies allow their customers to change their address online or by phone.
Fifth Step – Keep the address change receipt
Service providers usually give you a ticket number when you submit an address change request to them. It is important you record these ticket numbers or save any written correspondence about the same. Such proofs might come handy later on.
Sixth Step – Use mail redirection service
Australian Post offers mail redirection service on monthly, two monthly, six monthly, and yearly basis. We recommend you choose this service when you move houses. This will ensure that you will receive mail from even those providers whom you forgot to inform about the address change.