Picture this: you’ve spent hours packing up your entire house… you’re sweaty, tired, and have just enough energy to drive to your new home in a new Texas city… you’re ready for a nice shower and to relax, and as soon as you get to the new house, it hits you – you forgot to turn on the utilities. And now, you have no electricity, no water, and you’re not quite sure when you’re getting them.
Don’t let this happen to you! If you are moving across Texas from one great city in the Lone Star State to another, here are 5 tips for transferring your service so you don’t get left in the dark at your new home.
1) Get up to speed with your utility company’s disconnection policies. They will tell you at what point you have to call to disconnect and any other necessary information. A good rule of thumb is to do this at least two to four weeks in advance.
2) Get Organized. You’re probably dealing with a number of home service and utility companies, so trying to remember key dates and account info numbers is close to impossible. So create a spreadsheet or write down in a notepad the following info to keep everything straight: the account numbers for each company, the 800 number and the days in which each utility will be shut off, canceled or transferred. Also include if you get a refund or what the remaining balance due is and when it’s due. These iclude the following:
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3) Before disconnecting any services or utilities, see if they can be transferred first. Some energy companies for example, will be able to provide this service to their customers as long as they are moving to an area serviced by that company. Transferring services will also help you avoid paying any disconnection fees or security deposits.
4) Call and disconnect any or all utilities and services that can’t be transferred at your current home before moving. Note: Be sure to schedule them to stay on either through moving day or the day after. Chances are you’ll need at least electricity and water on moving day and the day after will give you extra time in case moving runs longer.
5) Schedule all utilities and services to be connected at your new home on the day you move in or to be safe the day before. And since it can be a hassle to call each of those companies for assistance with getting your services on at your new home, call First Choice Power at 1-855-534-3881 for assistance!
Make your first few nights in your new Texas home enjoyable by using these 5 tips to ensure that your electricity service has been activated.