Moving involves many tasks. Luckily, movers make the process less stressful by helping you pack and unload. Staying organized and planning ahead also streamlines the relocation. To help you settle into the new house comfortably, review these tips for transferring utilities.
How to Set Up Utilities in a New Home
1. Create a Contact List
Compile a list of contact information for each service provider, including phone, cable television, internet, and sewer services. Ten days to a week before the move, consult the list to set up each service at the new address.
If you’re moving to another state, the provider may tell you they don’t service your new address. Check the local county’s website to find out the companies they work with and call those numbers to set up service.
2. Choose a Final Service Date
Two weeks before the move, notify your gas, water, and electric provider about the relocation. Giving advance notice ensures that this relatively minor task doesn’t slip your mind at the last minute.
The providers will ask about the final service day, so if you plan to clean the home after the movers leave, arrange for an extra day or two of electric and water service. The company may have to perform a final meter reading for gas, water, and electricity before you move.
3. Expect Extra Charges
If you’re a new customer or haven’t made previous payments on time, the utility provider may require a deposit before setting up service. Deposits vary in costs depending on the company, but are often a few hundred dollars. If you have an unpaid balance, you may also have to pay that off before commencing new service.
If you're planning a move, contact Becker Movers in Rochester, NY, for assistance. To help ensure a stress-free relocation, they offer packing, unpacking, and piano moving services. Their movers also provide organizing checklists and perform final sweeps of each property. Learn more about their work online, or call (585) 458-5480 to book an appointment.