Guide to Setting up Gas and Electricity for the First Time

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When moving to a new area, it’s crucial to set up utilities. Setting up gas and electricity for the first time can take some time, especially if you need a new provider.

You want to be able to enjoy your new home as soon as you get there. And you’ll need lights when you unpack your belongings and settle into your new home. That’s why you need to set up utilities beforehand.

We’re here to make your move easier. This article will teach you how to set up gas and electricity for your new home. Keep reading to learn more!

Choose Your Provider

Do you already have gas and electricity in your name? Depending on the provider and the area you’re moving to, you may be able to transfer your power.

You can sometimes have it directed to a new billing address within moments.

However, it won’t be this easy if your provider doesn’t serve your new neighborhood, or if your new home area has different regulations and processes for setting up utilities.

It’s a good idea to search online for information. For example, you can look here to get a better idea of the regulations in NYC.

Look up a few good providers online and compare them to find the best option for you.

Setting Up Gas and Electricity for the First Time

Every gas and electricity company has its own policies and procedures for setting up their services. For example, many require a significant deposit and a set-up fee. Others may require a thorough credit check.

There are a few steps to the typical scenario when setting up gas and electricity for the first time.

First, you must fill out an application. You can do this online with most providers. The next step is a credit check.

Since you’re setting up gas and electricity for the first time, you may not have a strong credit rating yet. So you should expect to pay a deposit. You will get it back when the company knows they can count on you to pay your bills on time.

Keep in mind that this deposit can be a considerable amount of money in some cases. It varies based on how much energy your home may consume. You can get more information from your provider’s website.

Another good thing to know is that many companies try to incentivize first-time consumers. Be persuasive, and you’re likely to get a better offer or at least a smaller deposit.

Don’t be afraid to ask your provider about ways to lower your bills.

Once you’ve got your utilities set up, make sure to pay on time, or you’ll lose power.

When Should You Set it Up?

You’re best off contacting the company at least two weeks before moving in. While many providers may set it up in a few days, others need around ten days to get it in order.

When you move will also play a role in this matter. The waiting time is longer during the peak moving season. The summer months, in particular, can slow things down.

Note that many providers require you to notify them at least two weeks before disconnecting from their service. Make sure that you have a specific move-out date before you make this call.

When connecting and disconnecting utilities, you must ask when the service will be complete. Always have a margin of at least a day or two.

Get Your Move On

Now you know the process of setting up gas and electricity for the first time. That’s one more thing off your moving checklist!

Are you forgetting anything? Do you want more tips and help? Keep reading our blog or contact us here.


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