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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!


  • Real Estate Gals
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    Bonnie Berntsen
    Bonnie Berntsen
    22:22 26 Feb 21
    Darcie Wells always goes above and beyond when it comes to selling or buying properties. Her years of experience makes it a smooth and seamless process. Our family is thankful for meeting her and creating a longtime relationship. I would recommend her for all your real estate needs.
    Steve D
    Steve D
    01:16 25 Feb 21
    Darcie’s experience was key to making the sale and closing of our Seattle home a smooth and timely process. When questions or concerns would arise, she would respond with solid guidance and help. Darcie is professional, trustworthy, and knowledgeable. Furthermore, she’s a pleasure to work with... and we’re really happy with the results and overall sales experience.read more
    Serena Sheehan
    Serena Sheehan
    16:44 24 Feb 21
    I can’t begin to recommend Darcie enough. She made our first home buying experience so wonderful! With her years of experience she was able to talk us through all the small details we didn’t understand-no question too small. She stayed optimistic and persistent throughout the process, never... pressuring us and always looking out for our best interest. She kept us in the loop on every step along the way, and helped to ensure everything went smoothly. Thank you Darcie!read more
    Nadia Nerissa
    Nadia Nerissa
    03:01 23 Feb 21
    Darcie was highly recommended by one of my good friend, I was looking to buy a townhome in N Seattle area; Darcie and her team (Tonya) went above and beyond to help me find a home within my budget. Darcie was very responsive (email/text), punctual and her flexibility amazes me. Often times she will... showed up early and check the house before I went in. Darcie and her team truly wants her client to get the best of everything. I closed my house within 30days and Darcie was very supportive to get me through the complicated house buying procedures. As a first time home owner, Darcie and her team really understand and very patience to walk through everything with me. Thank you Darcie and team!read more
    N M
    N M
    01:47 23 Feb 21
    I sought recommendations for a real estate professional from a close friend. He recommended Darcie Wells after she worked with him on property sale. I’m glad that I connected with Darcie, she was a pleasure to work. She was informative and responsive in managing the sale process on my behalf. I'm a... happy new home owner and I gladly recommend Darcie with the strongest endorsement.read more
    Rachel Brown
    Rachel Brown
    01:30 23 Feb 21
    Darcie is a gem. We had the experience of buying our first home with her help and then selling it 8 years later under her care and expertise. Darcie is unassuming, good natured and friendly. She takes the often overwhelming experience of real estate and makes it digestible and tangible for her... clients. She is a good negotiator and her personable nature made us feel well-cared for and relaxed throughout the entire home-buying and home-selling process. She explains things clearly and is quick to respond to her clients. She has many years of experience and knows the Seattle market well. She gives great advice and guidance when asked for, but is ultimately supportive of her clients specific wants and needs. Darcie is who you want to cheerlead you through the process of real estate!read more
    Dawn Mortara
    Dawn Mortara
    22:53 22 Feb 21
    Darcie Wells was our"gal" when we wanted to buy a condo in Seattle. We knew we liked her because she was our realtor when we sold our uncle's house. We had another excellent experience and highly recommend her
    Lindsey Cooper
    Lindsey Cooper
    21:05 22 Feb 21
    I could not have dreamed of an easier, smoother, more enjoyable experience than I had with Darcie. She helped me both buy and sell my first home. I was a novice, didn't know what to expect or what would happen. Darcie guided me through both experiences with knowledge, professionalism, confidence,... and support. I felt like I could go to her with any questions or concerns. Darcie is phenomenal and I cannot recommend her highly enough.read more
    Shannon Deasy
    Shannon Deasy
    22:51 09 Dec 20
    We worked with Johnine and Tonya to buy our first home and it was a great experience! They were both super responsive from the first interaction when we weren't sure about our timeline and we just wanted to ask questions, to going to showings of houses I found same day, to showing us houses we... wouldn't have found on our own, and finally to putting through the offer and purchasing the home. We also used their recommendations for our loan officer, who was also super responsive and great to work with. We have other friends who did not enjoy their first home-buying experience in this difficult market as much, but we are grateful that we had Tonya and Johnine to help us, I highly recommend Real Estate Gals! I also enjoy reading their blog posts and emails.read more
    Ilona Lohrey
    Ilona Lohrey
    00:23 30 Jun 20
    We had the great pleasure of working with Darcie to find an investment property. It was important for us to work with a real estate company that is also a GSBA member and shows their commitment to equality. Darcie was fast, reliable and fun to work with. She knew exactly what we were looking for... and what was important to us. The property has since increased its value by 20%. From beginning to end, it was an easy process. Thanks Real Estate Gals and especially Darcie. We will definitely work with you again for our next real estate needs.read more
    Danielle Thirumalai
    Danielle Thirumalai
    04:18 26 Jun 20
    Top notch team - the kind of people you work with over a lifetime and send holiday cards. Knowledgable team who want you to buy a great house, not just turn a commission. We have asked for advice on houses multiple times and they are always willing to share their opinion. Johnine even worked with... us while on vacation in New Zealand when we found a fixer-upper we were exploring.read more
    Sandy Ruffin
    Sandy Ruffin
    01:21 25 Jun 20
    Johnine and her team were amazing to work with. Johnine took a lot of time to understand what we needed and how to help us find the right home, and she's pretty fun to shop for houses with. Will absolutely work with them again if we ever sell our house.
    Marian DiPerna, LMP
    Marian DiPerna, LMP
    22:19 24 Jun 20
    We had such a great experience buying our first home with Johnine - she was knowledgeable, patient, and knew exactly when to give us some direction and when to step back. We were thoroughly pleased with our purchase and have been in our home for over 10 years now. We give her name to all of our... friends who are looking to buy or sell!read more
    Johannes James
    Johannes James
    21:23 24 Jun 20
    The Real Estate Gals were a great team to have on our [buyers'] side when we purchased a home last year. I have read and strongly disagree with the negative review left below. We worked with both Johnine and Scott, who both expended a lot of effort and time to understand what we were looking for... in a home - which was a challenge due to our multi-family needs with preferences for large scale project space, but close to work in Seattle and in a tight budget. They quickly and accurately gauged what would work for us and helped us sift through the options with frank and straightforward feedback. When the perfect house finally turned up at the end of a long day touring around King County with us, they then burned some serious midnight oil slamming together the aggressive and fast-tracked offer that turned out to be critical for us securing our home. From my perspective, I cannot overstate the value of having a buyer's agent actually care enough to go these extra miles. I wouldn't be writing this from such a perfect home if it weren't for this team. I can only imagine these qualities have made them even better as agents during the pandemic. The Real Estate Gals will always have our gratitude - thanks especially to Johnine and Scott!read more
    Susan Waller
    Susan Waller
    20:34 24 Jun 20
    I bought my first house with the Real Estate Gals many years ago. As a first time buyer, I was anxious and unfamiliar with the process. They walked me through it, and were there every step of the way. I have since bought (and sold) three more houses with the Gals, and it was a great experience... every time. They are highly respected throughout the industry, and know how to put together a winning offer. I wouldn't work with anyone else!read more
    Shannon McFarlin
    Shannon McFarlin
    18:56 24 Jun 20
    Hands down, Johnine Larsen and team are the best realtors I've ever worked with. I've never met a realtor so knowledgeable about the process, the market, and skilled at helping clients manage the stressful feelings that come up during such an important life event. We have worked with Johnine... through several transactions and felt she was an excellent advocate for us, extremely responsive and supportive, steered us in the right direction (including away from houses that weren't right for us!), helped us understand so many important things to be aware of when buying a home, and negotiated the best deal for us every time. On top of that, she's very real and authentic - we always knew she was telling us her true opinion and thoughts, and is an amazing, warm and caring person, which is all so important when you are spending so much time together!read more
    Virginia Bunker
    Virginia Bunker
    14:08 14 Feb 20
    Johnine Larsen and her team are absolutely fabulous. I've bought and sold many properties over the years, and Real Estate Gals surpassed all of my previous experiences with agents. Johnine designed the perfect selling strategy. She then handled every detail leading up to the day we listed,... including cleaning, yard work, repairs, staging and more! Johnine has a heart of gold, and I can't say enough great things about my experience. Thank you!read more
    linda wright
    linda wright
    00:45 04 Dec 19
    I have bought and sold many homes in my forty plus years of being a Seattleite and I couldn't be more pleased with the way Johnine Larsen and her team handled the sale of my previous home. I moved into my new place and they took it from there. Contacted the right people to do the minor repairs at... a reasonable cost, staged the home, and had professional photos done within a few weeks. The sale went smoothly as well. I am so thankful that I found her.read more
    Paddy Lazar
    Paddy Lazar
    23:42 03 Dec 19
    I was lucky enough to work with Johnine and her very competent team to sell my home. I have to tell you how easy the entire process was. On her wise suggestion I had my home inspected, as there actually were a number of maintenance items that came up in that inspection and she even arranged to have... all of the repairs completed in a very short time. The only thing I had to do was to let the repair folks in. Then, to my surprise, Johnine , had all the windows and the whole house cleaned before listing it. She then had the house beautifully staged and had the yard cleaned up with even a little landscaping thrown in. The house sold within the week for OVER full price! Everyone I dealt with was always kind, helpful and professional, their communication was exemplary all through the process. I’ve decided to rent for a while but you can be assured that it will be Johnine and her team that I will go back to when ready to purchase a new house. I have sung her praises to all that I know.read more
    soumak ghosh
    soumak ghosh
    00:00 14 Nov 19
    They were representing the seller, and I was the buyer. Very limited communication from the agents. Waited days for a response for any email/text. I would eventually get an answer after multiple follow-ups. Almost cost us the deal. [Update] I have seen all the text/conversations of my agent with... your agency. Regarding the oil tank decommissioning, according to the contract, the tank was to be decommissioned 5 days before closing. When asked about so, 5 days before closing ( for which I have seen the text/email conversations of), you gave my agent very little to no information about it and even said it was on schedule. It was only after my agent called the oil tank decommissioning company herself that we got to know that it was not even scheduled 2 days before closing. Any buyer who was not as intended to buy the property as I was; could have walked away due to breach of contract. We got the final documentation 2 hours before the closing deadline. It was only after I wrote the review that your agents became responsive.read more
    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.
    Brian Heagler
    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!read more
    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.read more
    Amy Burdick
    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.read more
    Bill Hollman
    Bill Hollman
    22:21 19 May 19
    I'd give Real Estate Gals 6 stars if I could. We have used them multiple times, both in selling and buying homes in Seattle and the surrounding area. I can't say enough about the professionalism, knowledge, and patience they bring to the task of buying a new home, or selling your current... residence. And they know the Seattle area so well, they'll offer valuable insights into the pros and cons of any location you may be to considering. Look no further, call Johnine at Real Estate Gals. You will be glad you did!read more
    Beth Guerra
    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.read more
    Aidan Key
    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!read more
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