Change My Address
Moving to a new home is exciting and often signals a new adventure, job, or city. Sure, moving requires a fair amount of work, but organizing well from the beginning is much more comfortable. Having to contact everyone to change your address is a bit tiresome.

You might even wonder if it's indispensable, especially if you get your statements and other business through email. We're sorry to tell you this, but it's better to keep everyone up to date, although you can sometimes take your time.

In this post, we'll discuss when not notifying your contacts of a change of address gets you in trouble.

With Government Agencies

You are obliged by law to update your address at the department of motor vehicles. Other agencies, like the IRS and the Social Security Administration, also require updates.

It's best to keep your details up to date with these agencies because you want documentation to stay on track and to get something you need.

The Company That Ensures Your Vehicle and Home

Insurance companies are notorious for looking for reasons not to pay out when you claim. It's natural, and they make more money when they don't pay. Updating your address could give them the perfect excuse not to reimburse you if you move into a less secure area.

Let's say you must start parking your car out on the street, for example. That's a considerable difference from parking it in a locked garage and something you'll need to notify the company of.

Another problematic area is a house that doesn't have an alarm. We could go on all day, but you get the picture.

Your Bank and Investment Accounts

Banking and investing are other matters of security. Say the finance company wants to check your bank statements. The company might ask why your statement address and current address don't match. But changing your address can also help when it comes to credit applications.

If it's just been a few weeks, you could explain an old address. It becomes harder to understand if it's been years. If your application is iffy, saying you have poor credit could result in a "No."

Changing your address can be easy. Previously, you needed to go to various offices or mail a change of address. Most companies will allow you to update through their call center or self-service options online now, so there's no excuse.

If you want a more straightforward way to sort this out, you can complete the USPS change of address form PDF. You then have to choose the right package for your situation and pay a fee, but they can do much of the legwork for you.

When the USPS is not allowed to submit your change of address, they'll tell you exactly what you need to do.

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