After much deliberation you’ve decided you’re ready to make a move. Congratulations! Now it’s time to let everyone else know the big news. With everything that’s going on moving announcements sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Fortunately, our creative cows have put together a guide that makes it easy to decide how to make announcements, when to send them and who to send them to.
Mail vs. Email
Now that snail mail isn’t our only option for sending announcements, deciding whether or not you want to use it is usually the first consideration. Physical paper announcements are typically more expensive than sending one via email, however it does have a more personal feel and speaks to the importance of the event. You may want to consider sending a formal moving announcement by mail for a big move, like if you’re a first-time homebuyer or you’re a newlywed that’s just bought your first home with a spouse.
For other moves it may make more sense to go the email route. It’s quick, affordable (many times free) and can still make a statement.
Making a Moving Announcement Online
If you want to buy standard moving announcements that get mailed the process is pretty straightforward. But when it comes to announcements that will be emailed there are numerous ways you can make them, and nowadays you can even make completely custom physical announcements online as well. Resources include:
Evite.com – This is a free platform for creating invitations that are sent via email. You can use one of their Save the Date cards to announce when you’ll be moving or when you’ve moved in. However, if you plan to have a housewarming or going away party they have specific designs that are perfect for the occasion.
Vista Print – This company has a variety of designs that can be personalized, or you can start from scratch by uploading your own one-of-a-kind design. As far as physical announcements go Vista Print has some of the best prices available.
SnapFish – Want to show everyone where you’ll be moving? SnapFish allows users to incorporate their photos into announcements and cards. You can take a picture of your old house and the new house for a personal touch.
When to Send Moving Announcements
The next big question many people have is whether they should send the announcements before the move or after they’re already in the new home for a while. Because there are so many to-dos during a move it may be best to wait until after you’ve settled in to send the announcements. This is also beneficial because if for some reason a recipient doesn’t get their announcement through snail mail your new home will be the return address.
However, part of the reason for the announcement is to give everyone a heads up that the move is happening. If you’re planning a going away get-together you’ll of course want to make the announcement before you move. The decision of whether to send the announcement before or after your move is a personal one that depends on your unique circumstances.
Notifying Service Providers
Today you don’t need to send service providers a formal moving announcement, however you do need to let them know a move is happening well in advance. The best way to do so is to visit each individual service provider’s website. While it is more time consuming than sending an email, many providers now allow you to update your information with online tools so you don’t have to wait for them to make the changes. Taking this approach is the best way to ensure that none of your bills or important account information ends up at the wrong address.
If you’re making a move in Texas Square Cow Movers would love to hear about it! We can take care of all the moving logistics so you can focus on creating awesome moving announcements and handling all the other odds and ends before the move.
Image Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lovemaegan/4277157834