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One of the most important pieces of initial business you will need to take care of in your new location is installing your utilities. While this might sound very simple, there is quite a lot to think about. For example, you will be dealing with several different companies who all have different schedules. You need to have a solid understanding of this beforehand and then have everything all planned out. Following these tips and considerations should make the process go more smoothly and ensure everything is up and running in time for your arrival.
The primary physical utilities are:
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Your location will also determine whether or not you even have a choice of companies for any of these services. Basically, use the local phone book or internet guides to research and decide who to use. Be sure to check the price and quality of services (references, checking online reviews?).
By giving the companies notice of your move-in date several weeks in advance, they should be able to have all the connections made and everything installed before you arrived.
Television / Phone / Internet
Lots of decisions need to be made in relation to TV, phone and internet services. Think about whether you need standard or high definition, satellite, cable, and more. Most of the bigger providers will actually have service bundles that you might want to take advantage of to reduce your costs. It also simplifies things so that you only need to deal with a single company.
Thanks to the internet, it can be pretty easy to make the decisions about which provider you would like to use. Once decided, you simply need to call them and schedule a time for having your service installed. Just bear in mind that you will definitely need to be present for the installation…and it may take several hours. Obviously, you should have your TV, computer, and phone already on site in order to make the installation process easier.
Plan on it taking the company about a week or so to actually have someone come out for the installation.
Researching Your Utilities
Obviously, the internet is the quickest and easiest way to research your new utility companies. Many times, you can even sign up and schedule service connections right from their own websites. This also means you will be able to manage your account and pay the bills right from online.
Always research your utility companies thoroughly. Your state board of public utility website should have a listing of the various companies and information about them.
Timing Your Connections
You should also be aware of connecting the utilities in the proper order. Make sure the electricity is turned on before having the TV, internet, and phone connected. Our strong suggestion is to call and schedule the telecommunications services installation 2-3 weeks in advance of your move (it takes them longer to come out), then call the electric company to activate service a few days before that.
Other utilities also have a fairly long lead time. So the sooner you call the gas and water companies, the better.