We know that there are a lot of stresses that come with moving (that’s a large reason we do what we do). One such stress is the necessity to transfer your utilities from your current address to the place where you will be moving. Transferring utilities is something that oftentimes goes forgotten until late in the process, when it becomes much more stressful. Here are some tips that can make transferring utilities easier and can smoothen your moving process.
First of all, you need to have a clear idea of what you are paying for and when. Make a list of all of the utilities that you need to have switched over for your new home and then mark any necessary dates that you need to know on a calendar. Ideally, you want to have companies shut your utilities off the day after you are completely moved out, and then turn them on in your new home about a day before you first plan on moving in. This ensures that you won’t have any periods without your utilities.
It takes utility companies time to transfer to a new place, and there can be complications in this process. For this reason, it is a good idea to notify each appropriate company and tell them about the move with plenty of notice. Typically, we recommend giving utility companies at least a month’s notice before you are going to need your utilities switched over.
You don’t want to deal with any additional headaches after the moving process. Ideally, you want to leave your old home behind and begin to enjoy your new home without any loose threads. Because of this, be sure that when you are communicating with utilities companies that you get a clear idea of what balances need to be paid before you move so that you can prepare to get those sorted away before moving to your new home. Believe us, there is nothing more frustrating than getting calls at your new home about utility balances from your old one.
There’s always a possibility that you’re going to need to contact your former utilities companies after you have moved to clear up a complication. For this reason, make sure that you make and keep track of a list of all of the important phone numbers and addresses of each company. Ideally, you can just save this on your phone, but if you’re a bit more old school and prefer to keep a paper list, make absolute certain that you keep track of it.