There are many steps to completing a successful residential relocation, and one of those steps involves setting up utilities. Types of utilities that you may need to set up include electricity, gas, water, TV, Internet, phone, and sanitation.
Ask your real estate agent or new landlord if you need help determining which utilities to set up. Below are some tips to help you with the process of setting up utilities in a new home.
1. Research Service Providers
Your landlord or the home seller from whom you’re purchasing your home may give you a list of service providers that service the area where you’re moving. However, shopping around and learning about the different options may help you make an informed choice.
Whether you’re shopping for energy service providers or the Internet, there are many factors to consider when choosing a service provider. Look at rates and customer complaints. You can find reviews of services online, and some states may even have utility score sheets for various utility providers on their office websites.
2. Know If Your Landlord or HOA Covers Utilities
If you are renting, check your lease agreement. Many landlords will pay for certain utilities, although which are covered varies from one property owner to the next. If you’re now a part of an HOA, some utilities may be covered by your HOA agreement. You can ask the relevant parties (landlord or HOA contact) to find out what’s covered or check the relevant documents before moving into your new home.
3. Give Yourself Plenty of Time
Sometimes, getting signed up for new utility services can take time. Especially in summer, with many people moving, utility providers can get backed up for starting and stopping service. Give yourself time to research and sign up for utilities with your new provider.
4. Create a Checklist and Keep Notes
Depending on how many utility companies are operational in your area, you may start to forget which providers are best and which companies you’ve already signed up with. Make a checklist and keep notes on the different companies as you contact them. Your notes can include your impressions of and experiences with their customer service. This can be especially helpful if you’re comparing more than one service.
5. Turn Off Services In Your Old Home
Remember to turn off services in your old home! Accidentally forgetting to turn them off could cost you a lot of money if you leave utilities running. If you have a balance due with a current utility, be prepared to pay off your existing balance or set up a payment plan.
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