Moving house is always exciting, but it can be quite stressful too. After all the weeks of packing, planning and preparing for a new home, you are confronted with the unpacking and organising that goes with starting life in that new home. With all there is to think about, it can be easy to forget to tend to one of the essential tasks of all – changing your utility services.
You will obviously need to cancel your existing electric, gas, telephone and cable service, along with the Internet if applicable. Then, you will need to set up new accounts for service in your new home. Hopefully, you will do this in advance, so you have plenty of time to have lights on when you first step into your new place.
Here are some easy steps to follow to ensure that moving utility services is as stress-free as possible. Try to work on this about a month to six weeks before your move.
Inform All Current Suppliers of Your Move
Let all your current suppliers and services know about your move. You can do this in several ways. In many instances you can simply go online and look for a link regarding a move on the supplier’s website. Usually, you can enter your stop date and, if you will be using the same service in your new home, your desired service start date. Make sure to provide the most accurate information regarding your new address.
Also, you can telephone your suppliers to do the above. If it is convenient, you may even visit your supplier’s office in person to do this. This might work if your telephone company, for instance, is near where you work and it is something you can take care of on a lunch hour.
Remember if any services are on a fixed term tariff. If so, it could mean you will need to pay a charge for early cancellation.
Take Meter Readings on Moving Day
This is a good idea. You only want to pay for the actual services you and your family used, and not the new owners or tenants. Take a brief look at what your meter reading is and make note of it. If you like, you can take a photo of it with your cell phone for further documentation.
Did you make it to your new home in one piece? Congratulations! Now, before you start settling in, do the same meter reading at your new home. You want to do this for the same reason as above. You only want to pay for your share of utilities on the actual day you move in.
This is also a great way to figure out where your new meters are located and whether they are prepayment meters or something different. When your new bills arrive, make sure to be aware of how much you are being charged. If it looks like you have been put on an excessive pay level, call your utility company immediately.
You want to be sure to be proactive in switching to a more affordable pay level. It can happen that your new bills increase, but if you stay on top of things, you can make sure you are doing something to keep all bills down to a minimum.
Now that everything is under your control; you won’t have to worry about reaching out to your old home to get the utilities fixed. The utilities are one of the most commonly forgotten services when moving homes so it is essential that you get it done ASAP. It is also important to note that most utility companies will need at least 48 hours notice to make cancelation happen. Also now that you have taken a picture of the meter reading on your phone, there is no dispute about what the final reading was.
Good luck with your move.