For those of you who didn’t know, I’ve been spending the summer in New York City interning at a startup called Updater, a service that helps people organize every step of the moving process – from changing your address with the post office, to getting a new driver’s license, to renting a moving truck, etc. As I’ve spent time working on the site myself, I’ve come to realize just who Updater could be most useful to: college students! Whether you’re heading to a big city for a summer internship, going home for the summer, or just changing dorm or apartment buildings, I’ll share how you can take advantage of Updater’s free online tools to “hack” your move.

When you create an Updater Account, you’ll be prompted to create a new Smooth Move. Updater’s Smooth Move service is an all-in-one checklist, organizer, and personal concierge for streamlining the moving process. The Smooth Move is fully customizable and editable. You can check off the tasks you’ve completed, make notes about individual items on the checklist, and read helpful moving tips. Return to the dashboard anytime to review your remaining to-do items and make notes, save important names, numbers and contact information, and review your progress.

Make sure that your mail follows you wherever you’re living by filing a temporary Address Change Order. Updater not only files your free change of address with the US Postal Service, but also allows you to update and any businesses or organizations that you select from the its extensive database of catalogs, magazines/newspapers, wireless providers, charities, etc. The Post Office will forward mail to your new address for the length of time you specify. If you’re like me and are moving to a new address in the fall, Updater has you covered too! In addition to filing a temporary address change order for the duration of your summer, you’ll also need to file a separate permanent order to go into effect on your fall move-in day. When Updater asks for your Old Address, make sure to enter your current school-year address, not the temporary address where you will be for the summer.

Moving can be a complicated process, and college students have to frequently deal with address changes. Let Updater make your move stress-free and easy, so you can spend your time on what really matters– having an awesome summer!

via Updater