Washington Metro-based moving company, United Moving Services, gives tips on changing your address in preparation for your move.
Online PR News – 15-October-2015 – Hyattsville,MD – “You’ve finally unpacked the last box, switched over all the utilities, and you’re starting to feel at home, but something is missing,” says Gary Stone, president of Unified Moving Services (http://www.unifiedmovingservices.com), a Maryland-based full-service moving company that specializes in both residential and commercial moves in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. “One of the most overlooked and ignored aspect of a big move is the importance of changing your mailing address.”
Stone says that before a person can really settle in, it is important to make sure that all bills, packages and letters are being sent to the right address. It is important, he explains, to start planning the change of address process ahead of your move and to ensure that all bases are covered, so that no mail slips through the cracks.
According to Stone, simply follow these tips:
Update Your Mailing Address
“Start by updating your address with the United States Postal Service,” Stone says. “The postal service keeps a record of your old residential address and will automatically forward mail to your new address for six months. It isn’t foolproof, but the post office does catch most outdated addresses.”
Stone says that a change of address request can be made online or over the phone. Both methods, he says, involve a $1 identity verification fee. The verification fee is waived if you change your address in person at your local post office using Form 3575.
“Even if a bill doesn’t arrive at your new address, your credit card company won’t likely believe you or care,” says Stone.
To make sure you get your bills on time and avoid any late fees, Stone suggests making a list of every bill you receive in paper form, and then contact the companies to update your address long before the big move. Many companies will allow customers to update their information online as well.
Magazines and Catalogs
Stone says it is easy to forget about your favorite magazines and catalogs.
“In most cases you can update your magazines and catalogs online,” Stone says. “Visit the magazine or catalog website, and plug your customer number into the online change-of-address form. Alternatively, you can call the publication and ask for an address change over the phone.”
Friends and Family
Stone warns not to let friends and relatives know that you’ve moved.
“To save time, make a list of everyone you’d like to notify,” Stone says. “Once you have your list, you can send a simple email with your new address or a more personalized Moving announcement.”
“Your bank will need to send you statements and verify your debit-card billing address when you shop online,” Stone says. “If you have online banking, you may be able to update your address through your account. Otherwise, you can visit the bank in person or call its customer service line.”
It is important, he says, to update your records with the bank as soon as possible. The same goes for billing address information.
“If you frequently buy anything from a website, you can avoid headaches if you immediately update your profile with your new address,” says Stone. “Many online shopping sites use a one-click checkout feature to save you time, which could prove problematic if you forget and order something to your old address.”
Unified Moving Services is a full service moving company, located in Hyattsville, Maryland, that specializes in commercial, residential, local, interstate and international moves. Through an organized team of office staff, movers and a well established name and reputation Unified Moving Services has provided services to thousands of satisfied customers across the country and around the world. 2015 marks ten years of Better Business Bureau accreditation for the company. For more information call toll-free at 1-800-406-1649 or visit them on the web at www.unifiedmovingservices.com/" target="_blank" class="highlight_link" rel="nofollow">http://www.unifiedmovingservices.com/.