Are you drowning in moving boxes, Dallas?
It doesn’t matter if you’re trekking all the way across the country or just across town, the whole moving process—including transferring to a new retail electric provider—can be a time of uncertainty for your family. And if your move is sparked by a new job for you or your wife, the headache-factor involved in moving can be ramped up because of the new work situation.
Transferring utilities and service from the old residence to the new one is a part of the moving process that can be a major hassle. But it doesn’t have to be stressful. Just follow these simple, but crucial, tips and you will easily de-stress the transferring of your utilities:
1. Create a List
Make a list of the utilities that need to be transferred. Include the phone numbers for your current retail electric provider, telephone carrier, gas company, cable provider and any other utilities you currently have.
2. Contact Your Utility Company Before The Move
Contact your utility companies 14 days before the move, if possible. If that’s not possible, customer-friendly providers offer standard connection in two to three business days and priority same-day connection.
3. Pay Your Final Balance
Before making your move, it is important that you double check that you have no overdue utility bills still left to be paid. To determine if there is something you still owe, you can contact your provider to get your balance. Making any outstanding payments will not only allow you to finish out your time with your old utility service provider, but it will also ensure there are no lasting repercussions for the delay. Most notably, failure to pay outstanding balances is known to negatively affect your credit score.
4.Disconnect Your Old Services
Schedule disconnection of all utility services at the old home. Be sure to set up disconnection of electric, gas and water services the day after you leave—this will ensure that the power will be on until you lock that front door for the last time. Also, if you forget something and have to go back, you’ll have the light to find what you left behind.
5. Get A Refund
If you put up a deposit with a utility provider at your old residence, ask for any refund due you. Also check to see if there is an unpaid balance or disconnection fee—that way you can prevent getting a surprise bill from the old provider.
6. Give A Forwarding Address
As you set up your service for the home you’re moving to, make a point of giving your new address to your providers, both old and new. Passing this information along will enable to you receive your bills in the future and should there be any final payments you still have left to make, you can receive that information in a timely fashion to your new home.
7. Plan For Deposits Beforehand
Pay or plan to pay deposits for your new utilities. Planning for deposits keeps you from being strapped for cash due to unexpected moving expenses. Call ahead and find out what each utility provider charges for a deposit and either pay it or budget for it.
8. Schedule Utilities Before Arrival
Schedule utilities at your new residence to be connected the day before you arrive. That way you have access to all the utilities you need, and you won’t have to unpack in the dark or in the heat or in the cold.
9. New Home Energy Audit
A Home Energy Audit is an assessment that helps homeowners to determine how to improve the inner workings of their homes to ensure optimal energy efficiency. As you settle into your new home, schedule to have an expert come and test your home. It will allow you to identify any leaks or problem areas and help you to keep costs down.
10. Check Your Fixtures After Activation
Once the utilities within your home have been turned on, take some time to go around your home and give everything a quick check. Hit on your lights and be sure to give the faucets an inspection. Confirming that everything is in working order will allow you to verify that there are no problems and allow you to address any should the need arise.
11. Find Ways to Cut Costs
When setting up your new utility services, this is the perfect time to consider services that will slash your utility bills, such as prepaid electric service. It’s also a great time to seek out Retail Energy Providers who are involved in your new community’s growth and betterment. Active community involvement shows that a company cares about the community or communities it serves—and you can be sure that the caring is reflected in the company’s day-to-day customer interaction.
There is a lot that goes into a move, but by reading up on all that it entails, you will arm yourself with important knowledge that can help you save time and money. And while the process of transferring utilities can be a bit meticulous, following through on the suggested items will help you to eliminate one of the big worries of moving so that you can focus in on other parts of your relocation. Just remember to bring things to a close with your old provider and to have your new service plan worked out before the move. After that, just focus on enjoying your new home!