Moving to another city or country can be stressful. There are utilities for canceling and reinstalling. You will need to choose Grimsby movers or invite a few friends to help. It’s time to return the things that you once borrowed from your neighbors, and take those that they lent from you. And then there is packing. With all the chaos associated with setting up new digs, you might think that changing your address when you move is a minor element in your checklist. Although it may seem insignificant, it is an important step to ensure that at least a part of your life goes smoothly while you are hunting for boxes for your black shoes.
Here are the tips to help you with changing your address when you move
Confirm your address
No one can blow it, right? Don’t be too sure. Because of the stress of moving to Grimsby, the number of potential properties considered, and how busy people are when moving, mistakes happen more often than you think.
Start by confirming your new address with your landlord or realtor. Double check the number of the house or apartment and the writing of the street and the city. If you are moving to a new building, make sure that the developer has not changed the name of the street from the one that was originally filed.
Find out how the post office encodes your mail. Compare the names of streets and cities with what you have. It will also give you the opportunity to receive your zip code if you do not already have it. Using zip code, your mail will be delivered faster and more accurately.
The basic step of checking your address will reduce the number of errors and save your time. It will also relieve you from the embarrassment of changing your address when you move twice. You will want to change your address in the Canada Post, but before you do this, you will have to decide whether to submit a temporary or permanent address change.
Let the post office know
When moving, it is important to report this to the Canada Post. There are three ways to do this:
- Submit your change of address online. You will need a valid email address when you open your account on the Canada Post website. When you need to change your address, all you need to do is to visit your account and fill in the change.
- Complete the address change by calling 1-800-959-8281. Before you call, go to their website to find out what information you should have on hand.
- Fill out the form RC325 for changing your address when you move. You can get the form at your post office or print it from the Canada Post website. You must fill out and send it to the address on the card two weeks before the move with Number 1 Movers Ontario.
After you submit the change, you can expect a letter confirming the transfer to arrive at your old address, if you have not moved yet. In addition, 7–10 days after the date of validity of your certificate of authenticity, a confirmation letter will be sent to your new address. As well as a welcome kit that contains useful information, a community guide, special offers, and coupons.
Make sure the whole household is covered
When you are changing your address when you move in the Canada Post, it is important to include the names of everyone who moves with you. If you only provide your name, your spouse’s mail will not be forwarded.
If some members of your family with the same last name move with you, while others remain, fill out a separate address change form for each person moving, using the “individual” option. Do the same if family members with different last names move with you, but others stay. However, if your whole family moves to the same address and each member has the same last name, it is a little easier. Just fill in one form using the “family” option and everyone will receive their mail.
Make a list
Mail forwarding ensures that you continue to receive mail, and gives you time to notify everyone about your new address. This applies to everyone with whom you do business or want to keep in touch.
To be thorough, it is better to make a list. You want to include the following people:
- Banks and credit card companies
- Doctors and dentists
- Utilities such as gas, telephone, and electricity
- Magazines and newspapers
- Clubs and associations
- Your employer and government agencies
- Family and friends of course
It is easy to overlook someone, especially if you are moving in short notice. To make sure that you do not miss anyone, check your list with the mail you receive every day. Save envelopes and mailing labels so that addresses are easy to use when sending address change notifications. After the move, you may still find that you missed several partners. Keep yellow stickers for changing the addresses that the post office uses when sending mail to identify those people you still need to notify.
Remember Uncle Sam
You will want to notify the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) of your address change, especially if you are expecting a tax refund. You can do this by downloading form RC325 from their website and sending it to the address provided. Or you can also write to the CRA center where you filed your latest declaration, stating your full name, old and new addresses, social security number and signature. Or simply write a new address in your tax return the next time you file an application. If you file together, the CRA will need information and signatures from both you and your spouse. But if you and your spouse have since created separate residences, you both must notify the CRA.
Changing your address when you move is not a very difficult task, but it can often be overlooked. So, when preparing for the move, make sure you put that on your moving checklist. That way, you will not forget a very important task.