Moving into a new apartment can be both a stressful and exciting time in your life, but it also comes with a long list of things you need to do to ensure a smooth transition from one apartment to the next. Therefore, before you even begin the packing process, there are a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to successfully transferring your utilities to your new home.
One of the first things you need to do when planning your move is to get organized. Make sure you take the time to familiarize yourself with the utility companies that are available for your new apartment. Utilities will often include your cable and internet, water and sewer, gas, and electricity. Make sure you have all their contact information in an easily accessible spot.
Notify Utilities in Advance
Transferring and starting new utilities is not something you want to save for the last minute. You will want to notify them weeks in advance especially for those utilities that require some kind of installation. When disconnecting your current services, you will also want to choose a disconnect day that is at least a day or two after the move.
Update Your Address
When you are calling the new utility providers, you want to make sure you have the new apartment address, so they know where the service will be and where to send the bills to. While you do this, you should also go ahead and change your address with the post office as well and have your mail forwarded to your new address.
Pay All Past Due and Current Bills
Before you move, you also need to make sure to pay all the past utility bills you have out. If there is anything overdue, this is especially important. If you are unsure of your total final bill amounts, a simple call to the utility provider will clear this up, and you can pay the balances.
Final Meter Reading
It may also be a good idea to get a final meter reading before you move so you can eliminate the risk of receiving any unexpected bills in the mail once you are settled into your new home. Always keep a copy of the meter reading for your records.
Once this is out of the way, you can then begin to focus your attention on packing your belongings and making the move to your new home.
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