People no longer send moving announcements, right? After all, this is the 21st century and if you need to tell people you’re moving or have moved, that’s something you’ll share on Facebook or through your email list. Well, those options are certainly used by some people when they conduct a move. At the same time, a combination of old and new traditions may be the best approach. Here’s how to announce your next move.
1. Tell your bank, creditors, post office and businesses first. Before you move, submit a change of address notice with the post office. But don’t just stop there: creditor’s, your bank, and certain businesses should be informed too. Most will allow you to change your home information online, so log on and make those changes one by one.
2. You moved because you got married. For many people, a move coincides with a marriage. Here, you can combine two announcements as one — your thank you note and your new address. When you thank people, give them your new address and update your contact information — phone number and email — if these have changed.
3. Order early. Some people choose handwritten announcements and that’s fine if you have only 10 or 20 to write. But if the number is beyond that, you will find it more efficient and cost effective to order your announcements and have them ready before your move. Take the announcements with you, but once you arrive in your new home, then place stamps on each one and mail them.
4. Add a personal touch. Even printed announcements have room for a personal touch. Specifically, you may want to scribble a note at the bottom of a page or include a photograph of your new home. Go one step further by adding a picture of your family standing on the lawn in front of the home. Include your pets too if you want.
5. Review your address book. Do you still have an address book? If so, that’s a good thing. There is a chance that the book is outdated and in need of an update. In that case you should go through the book and verify that the information you have is current. For those addresses you are not sure of, you can visit WhitePages.com to verify same.
6. Announce it on email. Okay, email announcements are fine too. If you choose to go that route, than go through your contact list and identify the people that should know about your move. Then, look for a beautiful template to make your announcement, attaching same or including it within the body of your email. Make sure you mail the announcement to your address and then blind send (BCC) to everyone else. It isn’t fair to share email addresses with everyone.
7. Announce it on Facebook. Is it a good idea to announce anything on Facebook? That’s a fair question. After all, Facebook is noted for its privacy and anything you say on Facebook can be copied and shared elsewhere. Instead of making a general announcement online, why not private message people, particularly those for whom you mailing or email address information is not up to date. In any case, your followers probably know you well enough to know when you’re moving and to where.
Getting the Word Out
Informing people of your move is important. How you get the message out may not matter all that much. Even so, if you have older people on your contact list, respect their ways by sending them a paper announcement. Relying exclusively on modern means also means you’ll miss some people as you make your move explains Allied Moving Services.