When you move to a new home, there are many moving parts to keep track of. An important aspect is to update accounts, and transfer or cancel services pertaining to your new home. This can be an overwhelming task depending on how many different companies that you do business with.
Not all of the services that you use at your previous home are relevant to your new home. For example, if you are downsizing and moving from a house to a condo, you will likely need to cancel accounts with many of these companies, such as lawn care services.
So many companies do business online in some capacity which makes updating your new address so much easier. However, if you don’t use a computer, you need to go old school and call each service company to update your accounts. Some accounts actually require an in-person visit with a local office, such as a driver’s license.
The United States Postal Service provides online services for many things associated with mail delivery. Probably the most common service is to change your address. However, if you don’t use a computer, you will need to visit your local post office and fill out a change of address card.
Below is a list of services that may be applicable to you that you don’t want to forget to address. The effective date to update these accounts should coincide with the closing date of the sale of your home.
- Online payment services
- Security system
- Lawn maintenance
- Sprinkler system
- Invisible fence
- Pool maintenance
There is one thing that I found extremely helpful when moving to a new home. The previous owners put all the user’s manuals, devices and other information pertaining to my new home in a central location, in my case, a kitchen counter. If you do this for the new owners, I’m sure they will be appreciative of your effort as I was.