While it can be a pain to move from one location to another, the last thing you want is for someone to steal your identity during the process. After all, you worked hard to build your reputation and make yourself a pillar of the community. If you are getting ready to move, here are a few simple tips and tricks you can put into place to make sure you don't become the victim of an identity theft scam along the way.

Hire someone who is reputable.

One of the main things you need to remember is that you don't want to hire just anyone to move your items. You are entrusting someone with your personal property and documents. The key in choosing who to do the job is looking for someone who has built a solid reputation for themselves in the industry. Just because someone might tell a good story and offer you a great price, that doesn't mean they are someone you should trust. 

Change your address at least 10 days before moving.

Since it takes time to process your change of address request, you need to make sure you give the post office ample notice to do so. Waiting until the last minute could cause your mail to be delivered to your old address where the new resident can easily access it. Before you know it, the other party has all of your confidential banking information and is stealing your identity and robbing you blind. Planning ahead is the key to success.

Shred old papers that you no longer need.

All too often, people end up holding onto a bunch of excess papers that they no longer need. When moving, spend some time beforehand going through everything and shredding all of the papers you don't need. Beyond eliminating a bunch of excess paperwork, you are also making sure no one else is going to steal your identity. Whatever you do, don't just throw all of your old papers in the garbage. In doing so, you are only asking for trouble to come your way. 

By following the tips above, you can make sure your move is a pleasant one and you aren't left having to deal with the aftermath of someone stealing your identity and taking you for everything that you worked hard to achieve over the years. For more information on making a smoother move, contact a company like Walsh Moving & Storage.