By Kate Kemp
Have you recently moved into a new apartment? Wonder why your mailbox is empty? Did you remember to redirect your mail?
It's difficult to remember all of the things you need to take care of before leaving your apartment. You've got hours of packing, cleaning and toting, and no matter how organized you are, 99% of the time, you'll end up forgetting something. Whatever you do... just make sure you don't forget to notify everyone about your change of address.
There are two ways to do this:
The Hard Way: Your local post office will provide you with change of address cards free of charge. You are responsible for filling them out, paying for postage, and mailing them out on time.
The Easy Way: Visit White Fence! This company has created a simple, comprehensive service to help save you a little of the time & money typically wasted on changing your address. Rather than worrying about getting to the Post office during business hours and manually filling out the address change request cards, you can fill everything out on-line -any time of day or night- for free!
Before you register for this service, you will need to comprise an address list of all groups you receive mail from. Think of your Alumni Organizations, Catalogs, Newspapers, Magazines, Clubs, Credit Cards and National Organizations.
A WhiteFence representative says, "(our) personnel use proprietary software and a comprehensive database to notify companies and organizations of your address change quickly and accurately."
You can have WhiteFence contact 5 companies or 500 companies - they don't put any restrictions on the number you sign up for. They will contact any company you like within 24 hours of your sign up. They'll even notify your Post Office.
Beware that just because the companies are contacted immediately doesn't mean they will act immediately. To avoid interruptions in the delivery of your mail, it is best to give the companies and organizations you receive mail from plenty of advance warning. Address change services work best if you register 4 to 6 weeks prior to your move.
Either way Remember to:
change your checks to reflect the new address
Notify the IRS - even if you don't want to - by requesting a change of address form from (800) 829-3676 or downloading it fromwww.irs.gov.
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