When you move, you’re not just moving your belongings; you’re moving your power and water, too. You’ll want these utilities up and running when you move into your new place, so sit down well before you move (a month is perfect) and make a plan to move your utilities.
Step 1: List All Your Current Utilities
Most people have several utility services, including electricity, water, gas, internet, cable, and sometimes a landline phone.
Start off your utilities project by listing each utility you have, then look up your account number and the local phone number of the utility company. When you call, they will want to know when you are moving and want utilities turned off, and when you want them turned on.
It’s best to have some overlap: Even if you’re very certain of your moving date, you may want to get into your new place early to clean or set things up, and you may want to return to your old place for odds and ends. A few days with power or water turned on at both places will be inexpensive and very convenient.
Step 2: List All the Utilities at Your New Address
If you’re moving long distance, the utilities you have now will need to be turned off and new ones started. Ask your real estate agent or apartment rental manager which utilities are available in your area. Then make a list just as you did for your current home.
If you’re renting an apartment, find out what utilities come with the place and which might be your responsibility. Water and internet or even heat may be included in the rent.
It’s always advisable to talk to the new neighbors to find out which providers they prefer. Neighbors may know of special deals for newcomers or packages that can save you money, too.
Step 3: Call All the Utility Providers
Set aside some time to call each company on your list. Give them the dates you want the utility turned on or off. Ask a few questions:
- Do I need to be there when my utility is turned on/off?
- Is a deposit required? (Or, if it applies: When do I get my deposit back?)
- Do you have any discounts or incentives for keeping my old utilities (think cable) or ordering a new one?
Step 4: Make Sure Utilities Are Transferred
Sometimes things fall through the cracks, so a couple of days before you move, check to make sure the utilities are on in your new house. And when your move is complete, make sure everything is turned off at your old address. Mistakes can be costly!
Few Moves Moving Company likes to dot our “I”s and cross our “t”s, too. We make sure all the details of your move are covered so moving day goes smoothly and you don’t have to worry. Call Few Moves at (910) 512-6999 in Wilmington, NC or (919) 999-6201 in Raleigh to discuss your moving needs. For local or long-distance moves, we’re your full-service moving company!