It's easy to forget about the little things when you're in the throes of buying a new home. Those close to you will probably know all about your big purchase, but other people and businesses you deal with won't unless you tell them. Try and find the time to let people know about your upcoming relocation. If you don't, nobody will know where to find you.
Get in touch with companies that provide services to you to let them know you're moving, and when. Letting organizations such as banks, creditors and utility providers know you're relocating will prevent bills and statements from going to your old address. This will reduce the risk of becoming a victim of identity fraud. You should also fill out mail forwarding cards from the U.S. Postal Service.
Send e-mails to friends, family and business contacts about your new home. Provide the address and move-in date to those you feel comfortable sharing that information with. You can also post the big news on your social media page, but don't put your address down.
Send cards to inform people of your new home and address if you like to do things the old-school way. Include a picture of your house and a personalized message for each person, if you have time. You can save on postage by hand delivering cards to people you live close to.
Invite all the people you want to tell about your new home to a big housewarming party. This will not only let them know you're moving, it also gives you a chance to show off your new place and catch up with friends you haven't seen for awhile.
- Shoot a video tour of your new home on your smartphone to attach to emails or social media messages you send.
Michael Roennevig has been a journalist since 2003. He has written on politics, the arts, travel and society for publications such as "The Big Issue" and "Which?" Roennevig holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the Surrey Institute and a postgraduate diploma from the National Council for the Training of Journalists at City College, Brighton.