If you have purchased or are renting a new house, there are several things that you’ll need to do before you move in. The most important items on your list should be turning on the power, water, internet, and cable. To make sure everything goes smoothly, here is an overview of how to set up utilities in your home.

To Set Up Utilities, Find Out Who Your Providers Are

Every area will have different options for service providers and your current companies may not offer service in your new neighborhood. A simple internet search with the new zip code will help you find the information you need.

If you learn that you will be using the same provider, give them a call and let them know that you need to transfer service to a new location. Ask them to disconnect services at the old address. Give them the day after your move as a shut-off date to ensure you have utilities available through your move.

Some Things You Should Know to Set Up Utilities

The essential services you may need include water, sewer, electricity, natural gas, trash, cable, and internet. Phone service via landline can be included, but most people use their cell phones instead. If you’re interested in a landline, this can usually be bundled with your cable and internet package.

Water and sewer are often provided by a municipality. This could be your city or town or these services may be provided by the county. If your new house has a well and a septic tank, you won’t need these services. This is common in rural areas.

In some areas, trash pick-up is included as part of your water bill. If not, you’ll need to establish this service with your service provider.

Shop Around

Research the differences in price and service between competing companies. Each residence is different and what is important to you as a customer will be unique. Go with the business that offers your household the most advantages.

If you’re trying to budget your money, ask the gas and power companies if they offer budget billing. This lets you make an average payment every month so you won’t have to worry about higher bills during the seasons where you use more gas or electricity.

Talk to the cable company about money-saving packages. You might save if you bundle your internet service with your cable TV. The cable can be basic and affordable, or you can add on-demand services and premium movie and sports channels for a greater cost. Look into the package each provider offers to get the best deal for your needs.

Set Up New Services

When setting up utilities, you’ll sometimes have to wait days for a work order to go through, so it’s best to start the process early.

Once you find the local companies or choose your favorites, familiarize yourself with their websites. Many utilities let you sign up online, while others you’ll need to call. Some providers allow for online bill pay and auto-drafts from your checking account.

When you call the company, have payment information ready. Usually, companies are looking for a credit card or a routing and checking account number to automatically charge your account each month.

Be Prepared to Pay a Deposit

Your utility companies may ask you to provide security deposits. This is common if you’re a new customer or have poor credit or no credit at all. Companies charge a deposit to protect themselves in case you do not pay your bill.

Follow these steps to get your utilities set up before moving into your new house. You’ll have necessities like power and water and your new property will soon begin to feel like home.

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