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Home / Apartment
Considering that there are multiple kinds of insurance, taking care of insurance-related tasks after moving is a bit more complex than many of these tasks. If you purchased a home with a mortgage, the chances are the bank required you to get insurance. That and rental insurance are normally taken care of before moving, but if they aren’t, it’s something you’ll want to do as soon as possible.
Health / Dental / Life
If you’re starting a new job, your employer may be providing you with some mix of health, dental, and life insurance. Your HR department will assist you in setting those up. If you’re staying on an existing plan, however, you’ll want to be sure you update your providers with your new address and other pertinent information.
Auto Insurance is a little different. Each state has unique requirements for car insurance. Make sure that the state you’re moving to doesn’t require more coverage than your existing plan. Driving without the proper protection is illegal, so it’s vitally important to keep everything up to date. If you contact your current provider, they should be more than happy to assist you in any way you need them to.
You probably aren’t going to fly back to you former home every time you need a checkup, and you never know when you might need to see a doctor. Finding a new physician might not be a first-week necessity, but it’s definitely something you’ll want to take care of sooner rather than later. Check out Zocdoc.com to get reviews and comparative pricing. It’s a great tool for making an informed decision on a doctor covered under your insurance. You can use it for finding a new dentist too.
If you choose to bank with a nationwide company then you can simply switch branches without hassle. If you prefer to do business with smaller, local banks, then you’ll have to find a new one once you arrive in your new city.
The most important step involving moving and banks is getting your credit card billing information updated. Most online purchases require an accurate billing address, and once yours has changed you must notify your credit card provider immediately.
Change of Address / Mail Forwarding
One of the more difficult things to do after moving, even when you’re conscious of it, is changing your address everywhere it needs to be. Most people have so many different accounts that a couple of them slip through the cracks during a move. Getting the major ones out of the way first is the best practice, but don’t neglect the less crucial items! Here are some of the most common things that require a change of address notification:
- Bills (cell phone, insurance, car payments, etc.)
- Online retailers (Amazon, eBay, etc.)
- Student loan payment
- Retail cards (think Gap, Macy’s, gas stations, etc.)
- Previous employer (if they still need it)
- Magazine and paper subscriptions.
You can set up mail forwarding through the United States Postal Service.
- Register to vote
- Subscribe to a local newspaper
- Get a local library card
- Update your driver's license
- Get to know your neighbors
- Explore the city
- Sports events
- Tours and sightseeing