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Tips to Remember to Help With Utility Services During a Residential Move

Transitioning from one house to another includes many tasks, much of which involve a lot of manual labor. However, one significant aspect of a move is getting your new home prepared for living in and your current home ready for you to leave. Utility services are a big part of this process.

Your electricity, water, gas, garbage pickup, and possibly even your phone, internet, or cable services will have to be shut off or transferred during your move. Here are a few tips to remember that can help make all the necessary utility service arrangements when you make a household move.

Most utility service providers need advance notice for hookups and disconnects.

Avoid waiting until the last minute to arrange for service disconnection at your current address and connection at the new place. Many utility service providers require advance notice of service requests—as much as 7 to 14 days. By delaying making arrangements ahead of time, you could be stuck leaving utilities on at your old house and living without utilities at the new address.

You may have to pay deposits for new service connections.

The Federal Trade Commission states that utility providers have the legal right to request your social security number to run a credit check and either ask for a deposit or a letter of guarantee before connecting your services. If a deposit is required, which is often the case, you may have to provide payment in full before your utility is connected.

Therefore, planning in advance for space in your budget to pay for deposits and service connection fees will help. To get an idea of costs, be sure to check with any service provider well in advance of your intended move.

Existing charges at the current address may need to be paid before transfer.

If you are simply transferring existing utility services to a new address within the same city, some providers will require you to pay all existing charges before the move. For example, suppose you are transferring electricity services. In that case, you may need to pay for all power used at the current residence before the provider will issue a service connection for the new place. An example:

Your currently owed power bill covers charges incurred in the prior month. However, you have spent another 21 days at the address. Usually, that bill would be due in the following month. However, if you are transferring service, you may also have to pay for the power used for the 21 days in the current month in addition to the charges owed for the prior month’s usage.

Plan your service disconnect dates according to your moving schedule.

Moving in itself is always smoother if you create a plan of action. Use this plan to pre-schedule disconnect dates as well. For instance, look at what day you have the professional movers scheduled. 

Plan to have your utilities at your current home turned off the day after your scheduled move and have new utilities turned on the day before you move into your new home. This way, you will not be without service on moving day.

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Moving can leave you struggling to pin down all the details. To make sure you have the help you need with the physical aspect of the process, be sure to call on professional movers. Reach out to us today to get a free price quote for your move.



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