The average person only spends 6 minutes a year thinking about their electricity bill; this doesn’t take into consideration the people who are moving. They spend more time than that!
Transferring utilities when moving always takes up a chunk of time. But it doesn’t always have to be stressful. There’s a way to organize everything so you can spend your time thinking about other important stuff. Like how in the world you are going to pack and move your whole house.
We’ve put together a list of tips to help make your move a little smoother.
Get Yourself Organized
One of the most critical steps in any move is to get everything organized. After you call to set up your residential movers, it’s time to sit down and figure out what utilities need changing as well.
Typical utilities include water, trash, electricity, gas, internet, and cable. If you’re lucky, trash, water and sewer will all be included in the same bill. That’s one of the things you’ll find out during the organizing stage.
You’ll need to figure out what can be easily switched. Sometimes your internet or cable providers will service the area you are moving to, which makes it a simple change of address and activation at your new place.
Other times, if you are moving to a different city, the company that provides the utility changes. For example, electricity companies typically provide for a town, so if you are moving out of town, you will need to contact the provider for that area.
Determine ahead of time which utilities can be switched quickly and which services need a new provider. This will make changing them a lot faster.
Check if the HOA covers utilities
If you are moving into a neighborhood that has an HOA some of your services such as trash, sewer, and gas could be included in HOA fees. The benefit to this is it turns 3 or 4 bills into one. The simpler, the better.
Notify Utilities About the Move
The next step is essential, but it will be reasonably straightforward once you’ve gotten organized. Call each provider and notify them that you are moving and you need the utilities transferred, canceled, or started.
It’s typically useful to do this a few weeks in advance. Some services require an installation appointment which can take from a couple of days to a week. Calling in advance makes sure that you aren’t moving into a new house with no electricity or hot water.
Transferring Utilities When Moving Can be Easy
Moving in itself can be challenging. Trying to get everything packed and ready can be extremely stressful. Transferring utilities when moving should be the easy part, and it can be.
By following the tips we’ve given, you should be able to get everything transferred to your new home with very little stress.
If you like these tips and want to read more, check out our other helpful moving tips.