Things people forget when changing address

When changing address, there are so many things to remember to do and so many things that can get forgotten along the way.

We have been able to compile a list of things people wish they hadn't forgotten to do when they changed address. Hopefully this will help you when it's time for you to take on that big move.

  • Pick up personal records
    When people change address, they often forget to pick up their records from various offices such as medical record and vet records for pets.

    If you or a family memebr falls ill after moving into a new area, state or country, it will be a real inconvenience and even costly for medical records to be sent over by your old practitioner.

    Think ahead when you are planning an address change to make sure that you have all the records you need to get you off to a good start in your new home.
  • Keys and valuables
    Another common thing people forget to do when changing address, is their keys and valuables. Chances are that people usually keep hidden a spare set of keys or even valuables, in a place only they know.

    Come moving day, with so many things to remember to do, it is understandable how something like this could easily be forgotten.

    Make an effort to visit all of your secret hiding places before you move home. Spare keys are sought after for the new owners or tenants of your old home, so try not to leave them hidden.
  • Change of address notifications
    Notifying employers, government offices, banks, schools, friends and family that you are changing address can be a pain at the best of times. It is easy to forget who you have told and who you haven't.

    People often forget to notify the most obvious offices like the Australian Tax Office, the Electoral Role or Medicare and wonder why things aren't showing up at their new address.
  • Other people's possessions
    People too often move house and leave unknowingly with possessions that are not theirs.

    Whether it be a book borrowed from a previous local library or from a friend, or a pile of DVD's that are accruing huge fees with every day that goes by, remember to return and clear any debts before moving home.
  • Final clean up
    One of the most forgotten items during any move is a final clean up after the moving truck has left. The last bags are in the car and you think your done with the house once and for all.

    Best to check the house when its empty, top to bottom, for any stray items you might have left behind. Whether you want them or not, try to remove them from the property before you leave.
  • Garage door remote
    Remember to leave the garage door remote somewhere easy to find, like the kitchen counter for example. Too many people usually forget and drive off with it when they leave for their new destination.

You don't need to make the same mistakes that others have when you are changing address. A little thought and forward planning certainly will help go a long way.