Moving soon? Don’t forget to transfer those utilities! While certainly not the most fun task, it’s undoubtedly one of the most important. After all, who wants to spend the first night (or first week!) in their new home without hot water, electricity or internet? Not us. For these reasons, it’s absolutely necessary that you contact your utility service providers prior to moving to schedule a transfer or installation date. Not sure how to get started on setting up your utilities? Before you begin packing boxes, take a look at these 8 simple tips for transferring your utilities in your new home.

#1 Get organized

First thing’s first: before you move, familiarize yourself with all of your current utility service providers. Utilities usually include cable and internet, water and sewer, gas, electricity, satellite, security system, trash and phone. I recommend making a note of these monthly service providers by writing their phone number and contact information on one general list. If you’re planning on changing providers when you move, be sure to write down any new contact information.

#2 Notify utilities of your move a few weeks in advance

Once you’ve organized all of your utilities information, you’ll need to start contacting each provider separately to let them know that you’re moving. I recommend contacting most providers at least two weeks in advance. For utility services that require an installation appointment, it’s a good idea to call a month in advance. These usually include cable and internet services, as well as security system providers, such as ADT. When scheduling your disconnect and connect dates for gas and electric, consider making the disconnect date a day or two after you move. This way the lights and HVAC will still be working, just in case you need to get back inside your former home to pick up anything left behind. If you live near your new home, consider scheduling your gas and electric connect for the day before your move. This way you can go ahead and turn on the AC or heat, if moving in extreme weather.

#3 Arrange your water and sewer service through the city

When it comes to water and sewer services, these will most likely be handled through your new city or town. Arrange for the service to begin on moving day by contacting your city’s public utilities office a few weeks prior to the move.

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Moving Soon? How to Transfer Your Utilities When Moving