Summer is Moving Season

There are so many things to do when you are moving.  In addition to collecting newspaper to wrap Grandmother’s china, you need to let everyone know your new address, gather boxes, get rid of items you don’t care enough about to pack and move–just to name a few.  The Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) has lots of helpful tips to make your move easier.

Filing a Change of AddressCouple with moving boxes.

•  You can have your mail sent to your new home by filing a change of address with the U.S. Postal Service. You can do this online, or in person by picking up a change of address card at any post office.

•  You should also file a change of address with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), using IRS Form 8822.

•  Businesses that you have a relationship with, such as your credit card companies, also need to know that you have moved.

Packing and Moving

•  Make a list of packing supplies you will need. Visit the Postal Service’s Web site at for its list, which can help get you started.

•  Planning to put some of your items in storage? When inspecting a storage facility you may want to use, adequate security is just one factor you need to consider.

•  Consider having a yard sale to get rid of unwanted items and save money on storage. To make your sale more successful, clearly mark clothing sizes and provide shopping bags for your customers.

•  There are some “packing principles” you should know in advance, such as don’t fill large boxes with books. If you are moving yourself, they can very quickly become too heavy to lift. Visit the Postal Service’s Web site at for more information about these principles.

•  As you are packing, you may want to assign each box a number and make a list of the contents of each box. This will help if any boxes are lost or destroyed in moving. It is also a good way to start a household inventory. An inventory is great for homeowner’s insurance purposes. It gives you a record of all your possessions in case your home is burglarized or damaged in a fire or natural disaster.

•  If your move is a long-distance one, check the weather of your destination before you leave. Have the appropriate clothing and bedding handy in a box you can easily find.

•  Try to use up the food in your freezer and refrigerator before you move. If you have food left that you want to take with you, pack it so that it will stay cool in transit to your new home.

Make moving easier for your children.

•  Moving can be very scary for children, but getting them involved helps ease the transition. For example, make moving fun for kids by letting them decorate their room’s boxes with their favorite stickers and crayons.

•  If your children have to attend a new school in the middle of the year, register them well in advance of your move. If you move during the summer, don’t wait until the last minute to register. If there are problems, you will want time to resolve them so your kids don’t get off to a late start at their new school.

•  Moving at the beginning of the summer (after school is out) is a good idea, because it does not disrupt your child’s learning. But consider sending the kids to a local summer camp or recreation center program so they don’t have to wait until the fall to make

Check out your new neighborhood.

•  The Postal Service has a mapping tool that allows you to get directions to and from your new home. This will help you find your way around your new neighborhood, as well as help friends and family locate you.

•  Visit the Postal Service’s Web site at for a convenient “lookup” for finding the post office closest to your new home.

•  Depending on how far you move, you may need to change your voter registration. If you move to a different state, be sure to change your vehicle registration. In some states, you must do this within a certain period of time, such as 60 days. From, the official Web portal of the federal government, click on your new state government Web site and check out the voting and motor vehicle regulations. This Web site can also help you find the public library closest to your new home.

•  State regulations on car insurance vary. Check with the insurance commission if you move to a new state. It may also list insurance companies licensed to do business in the state, which will help you compare policies and prices if you need a new insurance company.

•  If you are moving too far away to continue seeing your current doctors, be sure to have your records transferred to your new physicians. There are health privacy regulations, but they generally allow easy transfer of records from one physician to another. Visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Web site at for more information about the national standards to protect the privacy of personal health information.

•  If you need to change banks, be sure to retrieve the contents of your safe-deposit box. Need help shopping for a bank, so you can set up your new checking and savings accounts? The Federal Citizen Information Center’s Consumer Action Web site at has some resources for you.

Federal Citizen Information Center. (n.d.). Consumer focus: Moving. Retrieved August 25, 2010, from friends.






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