How to Make Your Own Moving Announcements

Written by carol bancroft
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How to Make Your Own Moving Announcements
Send moving announcements before you settle into your new home. (Sold Home For Sale Sign on Burst image by Andy Dean from

When you move, it's important to let friends and family know how to reach you. Moving announcements contain your new address and phone number on a handy card. Sending them prevents you from repeating the same contact information over and over again. You can order custom moving announcements, but then you need to wait for printing and shipping. Create change-of-address cards yourself to save money and time.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Word processing software
  • Card stock or pre-cut note cards
  • Printer

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    Determine the size of card for your announcement. Traditionally, change-of-address cards are postcards, but folded note cards of any size are appropriate. Make your own cards using heavyweight card stock or purchase blank note cards that are ready for printing.

  2. 2

    In a word processing program, type in a title such as "We've moved!" or "Our New Home" and your new information including the address, home telephone number, cell phone number and e-mail address. Even if your e-mail address or phone numbers haven't changed, it's helpful to have all of your contact information on a single card.

  3. 3

    Align the text in the centre and change the font to one that you like. Choose a font that is easy to read such as Times New Roman or Century Gothic. Script and other stylised fonts are better suited for headlines than blocks of text.

  4. 4

    Add clip art, a photo or a border to add visual interest to the announcement. Most word processing programs contain a small library of clip art images, but you can also download free clip art from the Internet.

  5. 5

    Change the document's margins to match the paper size you will use for the announcement.

  6. 6

    Proofread the announcement, checking for spelling or grammatical errors.

  7. 7

    Insert a blank piece of paper and print out a single test page. Tweak the spacing if you don't like the way it looks. Otherwise, print out enough announcements to send to everyone on your list.

Tips and warnings

  • Mail the moving announcements a day or two before you move to ensure that people can reach you.

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