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Steps to Moving Seamlessly With Your Utilities

When it comes time to move you’ll have to take your utilities with you. Leaving them behind means paying for services you aren’t using and that may even be benefiting someone else. So how do you make that move successfully? Shut off utilities too soon and you’ll be in the dark at your old place. Move them too late and you’ll be in the dark at your new home.

Outdoor electricity meter

These are some simple steps you can take to make your utilities move go much more smoothly. Here’s what we recommend:

  1. Plan ahead. Waiting to the last minute to call the utility company and make the move is sure to result in you being in the dark – most likely at your new home or place of business. You need to give your utility company plenty of notice. Start at least three weeks out from your move date.
  2. Make a comprehensive list of utilities with phone numbers. Write them down. Will you need to transfer garbage collection? Electricity? Phone services? Water and sewage? Whatever utilities you happen to subscribe to will need to be transferred, so make a comprehensive list so that you don’t leave anyone out. The last thing you want is to move into your new home and realize you forgot to call the electric company.
  3. Get your payments current. Some utilities companies may not give your deposit back or delay your transfer if you fall behind on payments. Make sure you’re up-to-date on payments, and ask what you need to do to get your deposit back.
  4. Check the meters. The last thing you want to do when you move out of your old home or business is check the meters. If there is a billing discrepancy after you move, you’ll want to know what the meter readings were on the day you moved out. Take a picture with your cell phone, but also write down the meter readings and keep them in a safe place.
  5. Relax. After you move in and you’ve tested all of your utilities to ensure that your transfer was made successfully, relax and take a hot shower.

Create a Moving Plan to Direct Your Efforts on Moving Day

Moving Day is going to be a busy, hectic day. If you don’t create a plan, you’ll find yourself being jerked around in all different directions by events. Those events will dictate the flow of your day, which will not only affect the day itself but your entire week. Don’t let that happen to you. Here are some tips for creating a moving plan that will help you stay in control on moving day.

Floor Plan Of House, Doodle Style

  1. Before you do anything else, draw a map of your office or home (the one you’re moving to). Not only will this give you the layout of the building, but it will also let you know which entrances and exits are best for each room you’ll move furniture and boxes into.
  2. On your map, write how many boxes you have going into each room, and include the dimensions of each room so you know how much square footage you have to work with.
  3. Make a note of any furniture you plan to move into each room. Draw that piece of furniture in the room on your map where you intend to take it. This will save time for the movers so they are not repositioning your furniture. You’ll also find it helpful to write the dimensions of your furniture on the map.
  4. Label each room with a number and boxes that are to go into that room.

You might find that it makes more sense to move some items through your back door and others through the front. Or you may discover as you are planning that one of the doors is not wide enough for certain types of furniture. Knowing this in advance will make your move go more smoothly, cut down on headaches, and get it done more quickly.