When you begin to plan a move, it is important to prepare and update all of your utility files: electric, gas, water, cable, and more. Here are some quick tips on moving and your utilities.
Before you leave your current home, be sure to notify the local utility companies to ensure that they update your records to reflect the service ending date on your accounts. This will also provide an opportunity to update the address with your utility provider that your final bill will be sent to.
Once you arrive at your new home, you will also contact the proper utility providers and update their records to reflect your name and contact information for the address. It is important to do this even if you are renting, although you may not typically contact providers of water and sewage because that will generally stay under the landlord/homeowner’s name. When you first begin receiving bills, expect to see a type of new account or connection fee, but be sure to check each bill for accuracy! If you have questions, reach out to customer service for thorough explanations of the charges.
In addition, keep in mind that some utilities, such as electric, are often estimated, so it is a good idea to call in and work with customer service to read the numbers off of the meter to ensure you are not being overcharged. Certain individuals may use more or less, and the estimates do not account for the new occupants!
As always, it is our goal at Moving Ahead Services to provide as much information as possible to our customers and friends. By following these quick tips on moving and your utilities, you can simplify the moving process for yourself. Keep in touch and let us know if you have any topics you’d like to see covered in the future.