Moving Guide: How to Transfer Utilities

Are you getting ready for a residential move?

Transferring utilities is one of the many details you will have on your to-do list before move-in day. You won’t want to arrive at your new home and be minus the essentials like electricity, water, gas, and internet. That would make for a tough move-in day.

If you need some guidance on how to transfer your utilities to a new place, keep reading for more details.

Transfer Utilities When You Move

Transferring your utilities might sound complex; however, it’s an easy process. This guide will help you navigate the transfer process services so that your move is seamless.

1. Research the Companies

What utility companies provide service in your new community? If you’re moving locally, it’s possible that your utility company will stay the same, but not necessarily.

Depending on what state you are moving to, you might have the option of an energy provider. Determine if you have a choice for a provider and which is the most cost-effective.

Confirm that all of your utilities can transfer, particularly with services like cable or internet, since your current utility provider may not offer service in your new community. Look at the price of service to determine if it’s more cost-effective with another provider.

You can also ask your real estate agent for lists of companies to call to set up services.

2. Plan Ahead

Once you’ve determined that you can transfer utilities, make arrangements to do so. Some transfers take longer to process than others. Contact the companies at least two weeks in advance to let them know that you will be moving — utility services like cable and internet services that require an installation appointment call a month in advance.  

When you’re scheduling your disconnect and connect dates for electric and gas, schedule the disconnect date to be a day or two after your move. This will allow the electricity and services to continue to work, in case you need to return for anything in your old house.

3. Take Care of Water and Sewer

Make arrangements for your water and sewer services through the town or village.

Contact your town’s public utility office a few weeks before the move and arrange for the service to begin on your move-in day or the day before.

4. Update Your Address

When calling to set up your new utilities, have your exact moving address available to provide them. If you don’t have it, make sure it’s updated before you move.

You want to make sure you provide your new service address. It’s also key to make sure your bills from your old address get forwarded to your new address. This can also be done online through the post office.

5. Take Care of Any Outstanding Bills

Before leaving your current home, pay any outstanding balances. Even though you’re moving your service address, it doesn’t automatically mean your billing information will transfer. You don’t want to wind up with late fees because of outstanding balances.

Moving with Ease

A residential move involves a lot of changing details. It’s essential to be prepared as much as possible. 

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