Change of address: before or after I move? How much time in advance?

When do I have to change my address: before or after I move? How much time in advance?

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It truly depends! For some organizations, companies and/or departments, you are advised to change your address before the move, while for others, you can do it at your own pace and send your new contact information when you find time.

Before the move

Here’s a list of organizations that would request you to change your address before you move for example:

  • Utilities provider;
  • Drivers licence;
  • Internet, TV and Phone service provider;
  • Financial Institution;
  • Home, auto and life insurance;
  • And all other organizations that send you mail from time to time

Making your changes of address ahead of time ensures, for example, that you have your internet and tv cable installed at your new address in time. You are also certain that your insurance will cover the new home, and that your current car insurance policy is transferred. Furthermore, you’ll be able to make sure you receive all the important documents sent to you by mail.

After the move

Although it is very important to make certain changes of address before the move, it is not necessary to hurry for all of them. For example, certain organizations, like your library, your pharmacist or the polling station, can be notified after you have comfortably unpacked your boxes.

Finally!

If you are concerned about your change of address procedure, you should take a look at our address changes guides and checklists. It will help you think of everything important!

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