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Who Needs Your New Address?

Changing your address takes time, but it’s much easier to deal with it before any problems arise from missing mail. We know it’s difficult to keep track of all the places you need to update your address amid the chaos of moving into a new home, so here’s a checklist to make it a little easier.

Not all the organizations and agencies on this list will apply to you. Some of the urls are relevant regardless of where you move to/from, some only concern Washington State, and others only concern King County. For the purpose of this checklist, we’re assuming you live in the city of Seattle.



Post Office

Notifying the post office online will forward any mail sent to your old place to your new one for 12 months. You can set it for a specific start date, so you should do this at least a week before moving day—any later and there may be a gap between when you move and when your mail forwarding can begin.



Voter Registration – Update your address no later than 29 days before election day. 


State tax agency – Not needed in Washington State

County tax assessment office – For King County property taxes

Social Security


Parenting Plan – For shared custody arrangements in Washington State

Department of Veteran’s Affairs

U.S. Customs and Immigration Service

Pet licensing




Employer – Even if your manager and coworkers know about your move, you still need to file the proper paperwork with HR

Bank and/or credit unions

Credit card companies

Loan providers


Pension plans, IRA, and 401k administrators 

All other investment accounts

Account/Tax specialist

Credit reporting agencies



Homeowner/Renter’s insurance

Health insurance

Dental insurance

Life insurance

Auto insurance



Electric Seattle City Light

Water, sewer, and garbage Seattle Public Utility


TV, home phone, and Internet

Cell phone


Home Services

Lawn care

Cleaning service

Home security

Pest control


Memberships and Subscriptions

Magazines, newspapers, and newsletters

Delivery services – Hello Fresh, Imperfect Produce, Prime Now, Domino’s, etc.

Online shopping – Amazon, eBay, etc.

Store membership – Costco, Sam’s Club, etc.

Other membership organizations – AAA, AARP, ACLU, etc.

Google Maps and other navigation apps


Personal Services





Babysitter or nanny




Friends and family – Even if they know you’re moving, they’ll want your new address

Schools and daycares


Kids’ clubs and sports teams


Social clubs and civic clubs

Alumni groups

Charities and nonprofits you support


Real Estate Gals

Make sure we have all your new contact information!


  • Sarah Donaldson
    Sarah Donaldson
    18:44 18 Jul 19
    Darcie was such a joy to work with. She felt like family during the sale of our house and the search for our new home. We may have found our forever home, but if we ever need a Realtor in future, Darcie from Real Estate Gals will be our first call.
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    Brian Heagler
    16:55 02 Jun 19
    I have worked with Johnine and her team for 19 years and have always received personal, knowledgeable and professional service and attention! There is never and pressure and they will guide you away from a property when appropriate, which is always appreciated when a market is hot and the tendency is to move quickly. I trust them and have never been let down!
    Anne Slater
    Anne Slater
    18:03 25 May 19
    Johnine Larsen is fabulous! She listened and came up with ways we could get what we wanted in a house and stay within our limited budget. When we found the house we wanted, she moved super fast to get the house inspected and implemented creative ideas to make our offer appealing. And out of 13 offers, we were selected and got our house. I recommend her to anyone buying a home.
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    Amy Burdick
    19:13 24 May 19
    Real Estate Gals made sure we found our perfect house! Then, when we were up against other bidders, Johnine worked tirelessly to ensure we were tops! Her extensive real estate experience combined with exceptional character and integrity provided peace of mind throughout the process. She also made sure we received the right value as a seller and got the transaction done quickly and efficiently. Simply stated: there is nobody better to help you find your dream home.
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    Bill Hollman
    22:21 19 May 19
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    Beth Guerra
    01:14 18 May 19
    Johnine was a breath of fresh air in the real estate market. She listened intently to our wishes and goals, and was tireless in her search for our perfect house. She is well versed in both Seattle and the surrounding areas. She made sure all the details were taken care of after the inspection, and made the closing process seamless. She even gifted us with a housewarming present. Nearly 7 years later, we still receive holiday cards and well wishes. I highly recommend Real Estate Gals and will look no further in the future.
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    Aidan Key
    15:44 17 May 19
    Johnine and the Real Estate Gals brilliantly took us through the home buying process two different times. Their willingness to educate (I was new), hear our home hopes, and support us through the process are a few of the reasons that I highly recommend this team. Speaking of a team, I love their collaborative business model - it meant that we--the home buyers--always had a returned phone call and an ability to look at a house on OUR schedule. Truly felt like they place the customer first!
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