Moving your utilities can seem overwhelming, but it can actually be a pain-free experience. Follow these tips to make sure you have the easiest experience possible.
1) Know Your Account Numbers
Before you call your utility companies, be sure you have all your account numbers ready and in front of you. Save time by organizing them all up front. We advise shutting your services off the day after you move out and begin them at your new home the day before you arrive — that way there’s no lag time!
2) Give a Forwarding Address
Be sure to leave a forwarding address with your providers, even if you’ll be switching to a new company. They’ll need to know where to send final bills and invoices, so they don’t have to hunt you down later. This is also important for ensuring you get your deposit back. Speaking of which:
3) Get Your Deposits Back
Utility companies will often owe you a sizeable chunk of change from deposits paid when you first moved in. Be sure to ask about your deposit and in which form it will be returned to you.
4) Know Your Options
Research new providers before you move. Cable, telephone and internet might not be available from the same provider, especially if you’re moving out of state. Be sure to know who you’re switching to ahead of time so there’s no pause in services.
5) Let Someone Else Do it for You!
Complimentary services like Utility Concierge can do the hard part for you — they’ll close your old accounts, research new providers, and negotiate the best deals on new services. They can also coordinate installation appointments and get everything set up for you so when you arrive you can just focus on creating your new home! (Did we mention they do it for free?)