Moving is usually an exciting affair for many, since it gives them the opportunity to try out something new. In the same vein, it can also turn out to be very frustrating. However, this is not only due to the actual process of moving; other things can make moving a nightmare for you if you are not careful. One that is easily forgotten is sorting out the administrative issues that you need to sort out during and after the moving process. Some that you should try to address early on during the process include:
Sorting out parking
Chances are that you will need a moving van parked outside the homes you are moving to and from during the moving process. Is this allowed in the jurisdictions involved, or will you pay a fine if there are parking restrictions? Are there any procedures you need to go through in order to be granted the permission to have the truck parked outside either home? These are questions you need to have sorted out by the time the moving truck comes over to collect your household items. It might seem minor, but it can go a long way in helping you avoid unnecessary charges.
When moving to a new home, find out what arrangements you have regarding parking. In some parts of the world, you will need to apply for a permit to park especially if you have to do it out on the street. Since this process generally takes a few weeks to be completed, getting it done before you move is advisable so that you have a ready parking spot by the time you get there.
If you are a driver
If you are a driver and own a car, you will need to notify the DVLA of the change in address. Doing this in New York is a breeze, and should not take you more than a few minutes. It’s easy to forget to notify the DVLA that you are moving, but remember that this is an offence and you could end up being charged and your license suspended. Making sure that you do this some time before the day you move is advisable. It helps you get it out of the way and focus on the actual process of moving. It also gives you enough time to handle any complications that might arise during the change of address process.
Notify your financial institutions
Bank and credit card services often become very complicated to use when you change address without notifying them. As soon as you are sure that you will move, initiate the process of notifying them of the move. Sending them an email with the details of the new home is usually the standard way to go about it, but you should find out what their regulations are on doing this. It is particularly important to notify the IRS of this as well, since moving could have an influence on your taxes in future.
Make sure utility companies remove you from their billing systems
Many customers often move and then get billed twice for a service such as gas, water and internet connectivity. This is normally due to miscommunication with the old service provider. A few weeks before moving, send a letter to the company notifying them of when you are moving so that they can then terminate your service. Otherwise, you may notice recurrent charges on your account due to such services. After sending them a letter notifying them of the move, always call them to confirm that they have received the communication. For added measure, find out if you are still being billed for the service when you finally move out of the home.