When you move to a new home, whether a house or apartment, you want a fresh start. However, it could get a little hectic along the way. What can you do ahead of time to minimize any stress? How can you save some money while you’re at it? Let’s go over a couple of items concerning your utilities that may be able to help you out.
Make a List or Two
That’s right, two lists. First of all, you need a list of the home that you are leaving. Then, you have the new home you are moving to. Utilities to have in mind might be the following:
- Security System
- Landline Phone
- Cable and Internet
- Water and Sewer
- Garbage and Recycling
For the home you are leaving, be sure to check that any past utility bills get paid. This will make it easier when you are transferring services or creating a new account. Schedule the day you want to have all of your utilities turned off. Take into account any days after the move that you will need to clean up the house before you do a final lock-up. Don’t forget about any security deposits you may have on your home or utilities. On that note, don’t forget to turn in any equipment you rented, such as a cable box.
Next, the home you are moving to will have utilities to turn on. Make sure to set this up a couple of weeks ahead of time so that you get the day you need it all on. You don’t want to unpack your boxes in a dark, too hot, or too cold home. Some things, such as your cable TV can wait. In Texas, we are a deregulated state for electricity, so there are a pleather of options to choose from. It may even be better for them to come on another day when they won’t have to work around you. There are also solar solutions that you can utilize for home and business.
You have a good idea of your usage of electricity, water, and other utilities from your last house. Now, take a look at the new home. Is it bigger? Smaller? What kind of adjustment will you be making with your utility usage? Some areas use natural gas, but some do not. Cities use sewers, but the countryside may not. Once you have all this settled, you can comparison shop your providers to get the best rates.
Once you are in your new home, you can still look for ways to save money. One thing you can do is have the power company do an energy-saving inspection of your home. They will look over any outdated items that may be draining your power quickly. Also, an inspection will look for air leaking out of windows and doors. They will offer you ways your home can become more energy efficient. Some ways may be very simple and easy to apply.
As you go about planning your move and settling in, be sure to keep a few things on you as you’re speaking with the utility companies. You might take a picture of your past bills to have your account numbers and info handy for turning off service. Be prepared to make deposits if required for new accounts. The utility companies will ask you for your new address and the date you want it to start.
At True Service Connect, we can help you wade through these processes. Call us before your move, and we will offer options for the local services and find the best deal for your utility needs. We also offer Business Utilities as well for all you entrepreneurs out there!