How to Handle Utilities During Your Move
All good moves require preparation and planning of every aspect of your relocation, and when dealing with the utilities, it is important to remember that through proper utility disconnection and connection, you can help make your move more comfortable for you and your family.
Research your Utility Companies’ Disconnection Rules
A simple phone call or visit to your utility companies’ websites can give you appropriate details for disconnection. Normally, it’s a good idea to contact them at least two to four weeks prior to your move. This will make certain that you are not subjected to any late notification charges. The advance notice will also allow the utility companies to take a final reading of water, gas and electric and meters. If you have any late or unpaid bills, it’s crucial that you take care of these so you do not damage your credit. Conversely, if you have a deposit with any of the companies, you should get this money back before leaving.
Don’t Leave yourself in the Dark
On move-out day, you will want to have your utilities active until the very last minute in case of emergency. Arrange to have your electric, gas and phone up and running until you are locking the front door and prepared to leave the home. Proper timing of utility disconnection can make the difference between a tough and smooth move.
Some Additional Helpful Electronics Tips
•After you’ve moved, it’s a good idea to let all of your electrical appliances return to room temperature before plugging them in.
•It’s important to tape your microwave shut and remove the glass plate from your microwave before you move.
•Don’t forget these details when inspecting properties: check out where TV, phone and internet connections are located.