If you are getting ready to leave your current place of residence, you need to be prepared to take care of quite a few tasks your relocation requires you to. One of the most important ones is taking care of your utilities. Let’s be honest – none of us would like to spend their first day or even days in the new house without hot water or electricity, right? For that reason, it is of utmost importance that you contact your utility service provider early enough and make sure your utilities are transferred before the actual move. In case you’ve never moved before, you might not know where to start, which is why we’ve prepared this guide. So, read on and find out what you need to keep in mind.
First of all, we have to remind you that you need to be familiar with all of your current utility service providers before you do anything to transfer them. In order to organize everything neatly, it is advisable to write all of these down together with phone numbers and other relevant information. Should you decide to change providers right upon your move, do not forget to get new contact information on time.
Notify utility providers a few weeks in advance
Once you’ve gathered all the information you need, it’s time you let know each provider that you are about to move and when. In some cases, it is enough to do so two weeks before your relocation, but when it comes to your cable and internet, you might want to contact the providers at least a month in advance. The same goes for security system providers.
Check whether HOA covers utilities
What is HOA? You should know because it might come in handy when moving. Namely, HOA stands for homeowners’ association, which may cover some basic utilities such as water, sewer, and trash pickup. So, check whether your new community offers this option, as it will undoubtedly pay off in the long run if it does.
Don’t forget to pay overdue bills
No matter how sure you are that you have paid all your bills, it might be a good idea to double-check that when you contact your utility providers. Make sure you don’t owe them anything so that you have a clean slate when you move to your new house. Another thing you should do is to pay off balances.
Update your address
Last but not least, remember to notify your utility providers of your new address and remember to do that on time. That way, you will make sure that all your future bills are sent to the right address and avoid any possible mix-up.
We hope that you found this guide useful and that it will help you once you come to the point where you need to take care of this somewhat tiresome task. If you need some more tips for moving and packing, do not hesitate to contact Cross Country Movers Group anytime you want.