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Getting Your Utilities Hooked Up
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One of the most important things to take care of after your move-in is complete and you've finished up most of your unpacking and
furniture arranging is hooking up your utilities. It's an important part of the move-in process that can go overlooked if you don't plan for it ahead of time.
Unless you've adopted a new lifestyle though and you plan on becoming "one with nature," it's going to be pretty hard to carry on with your everyday life if you don't have electricity and running water. That's why it's so important for you to have a plan to stick to when you go about getting all of your utilities hooked up after your move.
Develop a scheduleIt's unrealistic to expect that you are going to have all of your utilities - cable, electric, water, gas, etc. - hooked up and ready to go all in one day, so the easiest way to go about this process is to develop a set schedule for when each company will come and hook up its respective service.
You should keep in mind that these companies can be very busy and may be booked solid during certain times of the year, so it's important that you call ahead as early as a few weeks in advance of your move and get an appointment set up with each service so you know exactly when they will be coming to hook up their respective utility.
When you're developing this schedule, remember that there needs to be a certain order to your bookings as well. For example, it wouldn't make much sense to have the cable company come and hook up your cable before you've had the electric company turn on your electricity. So the order is also a very important part of the process.
Decide which utilities you need
The main necessities are a given, for example your water, your electricity and your gas. Everybody needs those three main utilities, or at least mostly everybody. So once you have those main utilities planned and ready to go, decide on what else you are going to need.
For example, are you going to get digital cable or satellite? What kind of internet and phone service are you going to choose? There are a ton of options available to consumers these days, which can make it hard to decide what option is best for you and your family.
That's why it's probably a good idea to weigh all of your options beforehand, even before you move, and decide which ones you will go with when the time comes, leaving you with more than enough time to book an appointment with the utility company and get everything hooked up.
Do your researchLike we discussed above, there are a lot of options available for consumers when it comes to phone, internet and cable services, and the only way to know which ones are best for you is to do your homework.
At the end of the day, getting your utilities all hooked up and ready to go is a major step in the process of settling in to your new home and getting everything squared away after your move.
- Research how much each company charges for their services
- Find out what's available in the town you are moving to (different cable companies operate in different regions)
- Learn what service provides the most convenience for you and your family
- Read up on each company
- Don't be afraid to ask around, find out what services your friends and family members use and take their input and advice on which ones they like or don't like