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How to Connect Utilities at your New Home

March 28th, 2013 - 8:35 AM

Connecting Utilities In Your New Home

As you transition from one home to a new home, you will have to deal with utility companies. You will have to disconnect utilities at your old home and connect them at your new home. I know that sounds like a lot of work, but we have outlined all the details for you.

Here is a list of the utilities you will want to take care of:

  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Trash
  • Cable
  • Satellite
  • Internet
  • Home Security
  • Phone

You will want to plan ahead for connection of these utilities, or else you might be unloading your moving trailer in the dark!

When to Disconnect

Our suggestion is to schedule for utilities to be cut off the day AFTER you plan on leaving. In case of any lingering tasks of packing or loading, you will want electric, air, and water available. Don’t forget to provide a new address for them to send your deposit or advances.

When to Connect Utilities

Most providers require you to schedule connections two to three weeks in advance, however some can do rush installations for a fee. It’s normally ok to schedule multiple installations for the same day, but double check with the companies. Be sure and ask your utility company for the best rates, discounts, and what requirements they have for connecting. Some companies require deposits, and others require you to come in and sign paperwork before they can connect. Call to find out what is required in order to set up service.

Set Up BEFORE Moving Day

It is difficult to unload and move in without utilities. Not to mention, it could be dangerous carrying all that stuff in the dark. Try and arrange for utilities to set up prior to moving day. This way you can double check that everything is working properly. Before move in day, you should at least have water, electric, and gas (if applicable).

Where to Call

The easiest way to identify and locate your utility company is to ask your realtor or landlord. You can also contact the local city office for your new city if you are trying to determine utility providers. You can also use connection services that, typically for a fee, will take care of all of it for you. These services are great if you are pressed for time and don’t have the time to make tons of phone calls. A couple of these services are connectutilities.com and allconnect.com.

While these are not utilities, don’t forget to transfer your address at the post office and transfer any subscriptions (such as Netflix, magazines, etc).

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If you have questions about how to connect utilities in your new home, just leave a comment below.
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