April 12, 2018

Are You Setting Up Your Utilities For the First Time? Here’s What to Do

Congratulations on your big move! But while you may be ready to move, your new home may not be ready for you.

Setting up utilities for your new home could leave you in the dark for days, making it hard for you to really settle. But where do you even start?

Getting familiar with the different services out there will help you figure out what you need and what you don’t.

Read on for some valuable background info on utilities:

Understanding the Different Kinds of Utilities

The first step to getting your utilities set up is understanding what they are. While it depends on where you live, the utility services that you may need could include:

  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Water/sewer
  • Internet
  • Cable
  • Phone

While it may seem like a lot, you may not need to sign up for all of these services. Which services you need will depend on your lifestyle and what’s already included, if you are leasing.

Finding a utility provider that’s right for you is also an important step. What your utilities cost will end up depending on your provider. Take the time to find the right provider to avoid paying too much.

Deciding Which Services You Need

With so many different kinds of services, it may be tricky to figure out what you need. Speaking to a property manager, real estate agent, or landlord can help point you in the right direction.

Some utilities come included with signing a lease. Others may be left for you to figure out.

Typically, information regarding utilities is discussed before signing a lease. Talking to someone that is familiar with the property can help narrow down what services you may need to connect.

Because utility services differ from home to home, you will have to do some research to find a provider that suits your needs. But when should you begin this process? Getting things set up ahead of time will make the transition smoother.

Setting Up Utilities

After you’ve figured out what providers are right for you, it’s time to get the process started. It’s important to consider the time it takes to get your utility services set up.

Because of this, start setting up your utility services at least two weeks before your move-in. This gives you time to work out any issues that may come up. In general, it’s wise to have a plan when you begin moving to avoid scrambling last minute.

When you contact your provider about setting up utilities, ask them any questions you may have about the process. Common questions may include:

  • When the installation will take place
  • Whether or not you need to be home during the setup
  • What utility services they provide

After that, your house is set up and livable! Now that you’ve learned the basics of setting up utilities, you’ll be more prepared on how to handle it in the future.

Settling Into Your Home

Utilities may seem like a complicated process, but it’s not rocket science. Taking the time to understand the topic will only make the moving process easier.

Don’t panic–we’re here to help.

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