There are a million things to keep track of when relocating. Things get forgotten and put off because we’re overwhelmed with other things.
It’s stressful, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who enjoyed moving. The fact remains, you still have to get everything done. One of those things is transferring utilities.
Many essential functions fall under the blanket term of “utilities,” so it’s necessary that you handle transferring your services as soon as possible. We’ll cover everything you need to do to get moved into your new home with utilities up and running.
Utilities in a home include gas, electricity, water, sewer, telephone, Internet, cable TV, security systems and, waste management. You need these essentials in your daily life to ensure you have a working, comfortable, and livable home.
One mistake that people make is to assume services can’t transfer from home to home. They think that you get a clean slate every time you move homes, and all services must start from scratch.
This isn’t the case, and you can save money in some cases by transferring your services. The first thing to do is start planning the transfer a few weeks in advance. Around three weeks from the move-date, begin to contact your providers to see what the options are.
Gather all of your account numbers so you can easily access your account when you speak to a representative. Many providers have ways for you to access the account without the number, but it’s always better to have it on hand.
When you speak to your providers, discuss shut-off and activation dates. The best bet is to have services to your old home shut off the day after you move out, and services activated in your new home the day before you move in.
That way everything is covered if you move faster or slower than you initially thought you would.
Enter your new home with a fresh start. Do your best to cover all outstanding charges on any of your utility accounts.
If you can’t afford to pay off your bills, though, don’t sweat it. By transferring your services, your statement will continue over, and you’ll be in the same spot you were before. There may be a few activation fees to pay, so be sure to ask about those when you speak to a representative.
Several online services allow people to weigh the pros and cons of different local utility services. Most of these websites will also coordinate your transfer for a nominal fee.
This is an excellent option for those who already have a million important things to figure out for their move.
Transferring utilities is only the beginning of a successful move. Handling everything on your own can be difficult.
If you need help dealing with and planning for your move, we’ve got the information you need.