The process of moving has always been notoriously known for causing pandemonium in humans; a recurring image, probably since the first man and woman migrated from one plain to another – through their to-do list was somewhat shorter. (“Wait for me darling, let me just pack. Where’s my rock? Grab my fur. Now, lead the way.”) Today, however, moving is a much more complex endeavor. From having real estate agents on speed dial to hunting for moving supplies, personal storage, finding the right moving company, figuring out how to pack our garage as painless as possible– as we focus on sorting and organizing tangible things, others sometimes remain in the furthest corners of our mind. That’s where we need to take precautions, as something seemingly insignificant >utilities< can affect our moving greatly and create unnecessary havoc. No need to worry, though! Just follow these simple steps and learn how to transfer utilities when moving. – and you’ll be rejoicing with a chilled glass of champagne in no time. (accent on chilled)

It’s never too early to start preparing for your utilities transfer

Your moving date might be 2 months away, or even 3 – but time, in some cases, isn’t all that linear, and as the big day approaches, the chances are, your perception of time will get a bit funky, and, with all that funkiness, you could forget to call your current utility service provider, and more importantly, your future one. Unless you’re really keen on spending your first days in your new home without running water, lights or internet, grab a pen and make a checklist (maybe now?) of your utility services.
  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Cable TV
  • Telecommunications
  • Waste Removal
(add to your list any potential services that we may have left out)
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To avoid unpleasant surprises, prepare on time.

Gathering timely information is crucial when transferring utility services

Now that you have your utility checklist, it might be a good time to write down contact numbers for each provider, as finding them, later on, will turn out to be quite a turmoil. Right now, you have ample time. Use it! It is highly recommended to notify your providers of your disconnecting plans at least two to three weeks in advance (when it’s peak season/summer/contact a month beforehand). Have your documents on you when reaching out, you’ll be asked various personal information in order to transfer utilities when moving.

Moving locally?

Even a short-distance relocation can be just as stressful as moving interstate. But, it has its advantages! If you’re moving locally, you might be in luck –  your utility transfer really boils down to notifying your utility service providers of your home address change, since you (probably) won’t be changing them. Set a date with an operator for service disconnection at your current location, as well as service activation at your new home. Have someone come 1-2 days before moving in, in order to get that refrigerator running for the big day. Get your old services disconnected a day after the move, preferably.
short-distance relocation

Don’t forget to contact your current and future providers in advance.

How to transfer utilities when moving long-distance?

If your relocation is a long-distance one, chances are, you are bound to spend some time doing online research on your potential utility providers since you won’t be able to obtain the same companies. In this scenario, your best option would be inquiring about your new utility service offers with your real estate agent, or even better, previous homeowners (or a landlord, if you’re renting). Gather all contact information needed and take time to find the best value for your money providers. You wouldn’t want to be overpaying if there are plenty of viable options out there. Utility providers are your oyster wherever you go. Also be sure to inquire about any additional charges – deposits and activation fees.

Tips and tricks on how to transfer utilities when moving  (hush-hush)

Who in the right mind would want to pay for services they did not use? Not you, not us. Let’s see what we can do to prevent late fees and penalties from occurring when you are about to transfer utilities when moving.
  • Get insight into your current balance with each service provider
  • Pay those overdue bills on time – tick-tock
  • Have your old providers send you their last bills to your NEW home address (redundant to say it’s important)
  • Material evidence can come in handy – let someone do a final reading of your water, gas, electricity
  • Archive meter-reading reports
  • If you really feel like going at it – make photos, just to be on the safe side

Check for those air leaks!

You may have just moved in, with tears of joy still covering the corners of your eyes, but, rest not! Not just yet. Before unpacking all those boxes and making a home feel and look like home again, you might want to seize the opportunity while there’s nothing obstructing your clear view –  and do an energy audit. Checking for possible air leaks and inspecting your home’s insulation levels, electronics, and appliances, as well as heating and cooling equipment, can be crucial when it comes to energy saving.  It’s more likely to be done accurately when conducted by a professional, but you can save some money by doing a home energy audit yourself. 
short-distance relocation

Pay what you spend, do an energy audit.

 Easy does it

Utilities are no fun. They are everything but. A tedious thing about modern living. But, would we rather pack our rocks and furs, migrate on foot and eat our dinner in the dark? We have to at least appreciate it. Now that you’ve mastered how to transfer your utilities when moving, you’re free to address other moving anxiety culprits! One down, though. Being organized and staying calm is the way to ensure your moving process runs smoothly, whether it be local moving, interstate, international or intergalactic. That’s exactly why it’s never too early to start preparing; once we set out toward the finish line, there are myriad hurdles to overcome.  Easy does it.