When I moved, I thought the hardest part was going to be transferring utilities. I dreaded having to call the water, electricity, gas, cable/internet/phone, trash, etc., companies. However, it was actually pretty easy. Here’s how I did it:
Anytime you call a utility company, have your account number ready so that they can look you up quickly. Here’s a tip: write the account numbers for each company, along with the 800 number, in a notebook that you keep with you throughout the move.
In the notepad, you’ll also want to write down the days in which each utility will be shut off, canceled or transferred. You’ll also want to note if you get a refund or what the balance due is.
Plan to shut off your utilities around your move. My husband wanted to watch a sports game on the TV the night before we moved, so we had the cable shut off the next afternoon when we knew we would be on the road. I would suggest having your utilities shut off the day after you move, and your utilities turned on the day before you move into your new home.
Each company has its own specific guidelines for disconnect/connect times. Call them at least 3 weeks before you move to get the specifics.
When I called to connect utilities in my new home, I put my husband on the account, too, so that he could talk to them if I am ever unavailable. Consider doing this with other adults living with you, it could be very helpful in case of an emergency.
Conduct a final reading of the gas, electric, and water meters. Keep a copy of the report.
Give utility companies your forwarding address so that they can send you final invoices or refunds/deposits.
Now, if there are too many things on your moving to-do list to handle utilities, you can always have someone do it for you. These services all cost money, but may be worth avoiding the hassle. Here are a few that are available: