- Utilities to disconnect and transfer
- What to do before leaving the old house
- Disconnect utilities
- Connect utilities to the new house
- Change utility providers
- Transfer utility information
- Keep all records
Whether you are buying a new house or renting one, it is very crucial to deal with the utilities before the move. Failure to do this accordingly can lead to penalties or paying bills in two houses. Can you imagine moving to a new house and find there is no electricity, water or gas? These are essential things that are required in every house so you must make sure they are taken care of before you pack and move to your brand new house.
Utilities to disconnect and transfer
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What to do before leaving the old house
Contact all your utility providers to come and disconnect their resources. Most companies require a week or more to organize some people to come over and you should remind them at least once. Make arrangements so that they disconnect the utilities the day after you move or on the moving day so you won’t be inconvenienced. Make sure they take their final readings and disconnect before you leave so the bill can stop running.
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Connect utilities to the new house
You don’t want to wait until you have moved into the new house to have the utilities connected. Call the service companies a week or more ahead and arrange for them to go to the house and connect you with power, water and gas. There is a fee for every utility that you will have connected and every state is different. Do your research on the charges and other requirements beforehand so there won’t be any delays or surprises.
Change utility providers
If you are moving to a different state or county, you might want to consider changing your utility providers. While it is not a must to do so, you can find that some providers have better rates and services than others in a certain region. You can change your providers for financial and environmental reasons and also if you have been dissatisfied with the service.
Transfer utility information
If you don’t take the time to change your utility information, you risk receiving the old bills and being forced to pay it. Most utility companies have an online portal where you can just change your information including name, new address and new utility numbers. Alternatively, contact the company via phone so you can make sure the information is changed and also that they do a final reading of the utilities.
Keep all records
It is tempting to get rid of old receipts and all those documents you don’t use anymore when moving to a new house. However, when it comes to utility bills, it is very wise to keep all the documents and transactions for future reference. They will be very helpful should some dispute arise.
Disconnecting and transferring utilities is one of the most important things you should do before moving but it’s very easy to forget. Be sure to make a list of all the things you need to do so nothing slips through the cracks.