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Moving Tips: Opening a new bank account

Changing banks is an important part of the moving process.

Changing banks is an important part of the moving process.

Moving long distances may require many small tasks to be completed in order to make sure that you are settled and ready to start your new life. One of the most important tasks is to open a new bank account.

While some people have accounts with national banks, this may not always be the case. It is a good idea before you even begin packing to find out what banks are available in your new area. If you don't have a branch of your current bank, it is important to find a new option in advance.

Choosing which financial institution is best depends on what you prefer in a bank, as well as your surroundings. There should be at least a couple banking options in your area, so take your time when choosing them.

When you do open a new account, be sure that you select the correct options. If you want a savings account and a checking account, be sure to specify. Also, if you had any major savings plans through your old bank, be sure to transfer them over. Your new bank can give you the proper directions on how to do this.

Be sure to order checks, even if you don't use them often. Having these stored away in your home could be valuable, especially if you need to pay a bill that cannot be done electronically.

Once you are completely set up with a new account and transferred all your automatic payments, you need to close your other account. Take the remaining funds out and call the bank and inform them that you have switched banks. Unless you use the account often, leaving it open can expose you to fraud. Finally, dispose of your old card properly, as well as any documents you do not need for record-keeping.