Our colleague, Chris Ann Cleland, posted a great reminder for all about remembering to give friends a new mailing address when one moves. I especially appreciated her tip about checking the address stored by online companies. I'm passing this on to my friends and clients on the San Francisco Peninsula.
Change of Address Notices When You Move
In the digital age in which we live, sending a change of address card to your friends and family may seem like an outdated mode of communication. Announcing you have moved on Facebook, however, may not be enough information, or even the right venue for many of the people in your life. When you are moving in the middle of summer, you may not even be thinking about someone like Aunt Betsy in Florida who send you fresh fruit every Christmas. Just this weekend I had to notify a seller from more than a year ago that he had received a delivery of fresh fruit at his former residence. Mailing change of address notices to those for whom you have addresses yourself, is a good idea. You definitely don't want to miss gifts, cards or anything else they mail to you .
Likewise, don't get in a hurry when you are shopping online and neglect to see what shipping address the site has for you. One holiday season I happened to go by a listing and find a package from Dell for an occupant who lived there four years prior. It was a notebook for his daughter for Christmas. Thankfully, I was able to track him down and give him the package.
Anything you have an auto shipment from, like Amazon, will also need to be updated. You don't want to miss out on the shipment of diapers or pet food because you moved. And naturally, anything you had an auto shipment for that was for your former home, like HVAC filters, will need to be canceled.
These are the types of things that folks can miss in the hustle and bustle of moving from one home to another. Simply filing a change of address form with the U.S. Postal Service is only going to forward mail to you for one year. After that, if you haven't corrected your address with those senders, you are out of luck.
Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA
2014 Founders Club Member ($10 Million + in Production)
Top Producing Agent 2013 & 2011
Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA
The opinions expressed in this post are those of Chris Ann Cleland, not those of Long & Foster REALTORS®.