Moving to a new place is never easy. Although there is an excitement with finding that perfect house or apartment, many difficulties go hand in hand with moving. There is packing everything up, deciding what objects to keep, deciding to discard, and the hard task of finding people who can help with the move. There is also the necessary task of moving all the utilities over to the new house. This isn’t a chore that should be put off until the last moment. It is very important, as important as moving all your furniture in to the new place.
Before The Move
Generally, a move doesn’t come without ample time to prepare. The task of moving all utilities should start about two weeks before the actual move date. These utilities include water, electric, gas, trash, sewage, garbage, cable and internet. Contact all these companies and tell them your plans.
Turn Off Utilities And Return Equipment
If there are any outstanding bills, make sure that these bills are paid. If any of these companies have an outstanding balance that is due, make sure to get this balance paid to you. Most cable and internet companies provide some type of equipment to the customer. Find out if this equipment should be returned. Ask if this equipment needs to be mailed back or if a technician will pick it up. If you will continue to use the same cable and internet provider, often you can just take the equipment with you to the new residence.
Final Meter Reading
Another task is to set up a date to for the utility companies to read the meters for the final time. This final read should be on the day of the move, but sometimes this can happen before or after that date. If there isn’t a new person that will live at your old residence, make sure that all utilities are canceled and turned off on the day of the move.
Turning On Utilities
At this time, it is a good idea to set up the start date for the new place of residence. Find out what utility companies are over the area where you are moving. Find out which cable providers are available in your area. Set up a date for all the utilities to begin. This includes an initial read of all the meters at the new place of residence.
Mail, Newspaper, and Deliveries
Don’t forget to notify the Post Office of your address change. Make sure your mail will be forwarded to the new address. It is also a good idea to stop any newspaper and other deliveries at this time.
Keep Important Information
Create a document or notebook that compiles all the important information in one place. This document will allow you to contact any person and company of importance in a fast and efficient manner. Be sure to include every utility company that is important. This includes your cable and internet providers, old utilities companies, and the new utility companies.
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At The New House
When you get to the new residence, make sure that all the utilities are on. You might have to meet a representative of certain utility companies for the first reading of the meter. Other companies will just start the service with no actual face to face meeting.
Cable and internet providers like to make hooking up the needed equipment as painless as possible. Some will send out technicians to help with the install, others will provide a simple step-by-step installation guide. All companies provide a technical support line that anyone can call. These lines are full of qualified and well-trained individuals that will help with any issues.
Issues That Might Arise
As often happens in life, great plans change when reality hits. This is the same when moving and setting up new utilities. Be prepared for the worst. Some issues could happen when moving to a new place.
The Utilities Aren’t Turned On
Through clerical error, misunderstanding, or some other reasons there could be no working utilities when you get to the new residence. It is easy to wait for services such as cable and internet. With utilities such as electricity and water, it is a different matter entirely. Create a backup plan just in case the worst happens. This may be a night or two at the house of a friend, renting a hotel room, or just camping out in the power and waterless house. Use the previously created list of numbers to find out what is going on.