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Tips for Transferring Utilities When You Move

utilities icon copyWhether you’re moving cross-country or to another side of town, moving to a new place takes a lot more planning and effort.

Closing out and transferring utilities in a timely manner adds a whole new dimension to the move.

If you’re planning on moving, it’s important to do some advance planning to switch with ease.  We’ve compiled the following tips modified from a realtor.com article that will help you have a seamless move of your utilities.

Step 1- Plan, plan, plan…

Realtor.com’s writer, Erick Gunther, suggests setting your utilities plan in motion three weeks prior to your move-in date. Planning ahead will not only save you time, but potentially money, by not having to wait for your new services to be turned on or installed.

Trust me, the last thing you need is to move-in to your new pad and not have running water.

Step 2- Compile a list of your utilities and contact them in a timely manner.

Prior to your move-out date, it’s important to call the utility companies and gather all pertinent information. It’s recommended to set up an appointment to cancel/transfer your services a day or two after moving out. It’s also as important to setup your new services two weeks prior to your move-in date.

Step 3 – Gather information on your current balances

In addition to notifying your utility companies, it’s important to pay off all balances, submit a forwarding address for final statements and check for any refunds.

The last thing you want is to forget about outstanding balances and be in wrong standing with a utility company.

Step 4 – Check your home’s meters before move-out.

Before moving out, double check all meters and record the readings in case of a billing discrepancy. You wouldn’t want to be stuck with the new tenant’s bill, would you?


And there you have it, a quick guide to a seamless transition of your utilities. Follow the tips mentioned in this blog and enjoy your new home!