Utilities are the public services you need to live in a home – think water, electricity, and garbage collection.
But, utilities aren’t just magically waiting for you on your move-in day.
When you move into a new home, utilities are usually “turned off” by default. This may include any or all of the following public services:
- Natural Gas
- Cable TV or Satellite TV
- Garbage Collection and Recycling
To have your home’s utilities ready, it’s good to plan ahead; usually, a two-week head start is sufficient.
Start by asking your real estate agent for a list of local utilities. Most utility companies have websites that make it easy to begin service at a new address or transfer service from an existing address into your name.
Water, gas, and electric utilities generally work this way.
Phone, cable, and internet can also be handled online. These services tend to be bundled, but you may be limited in your selections, depending on your address. Take a look at satellite subscriptions (assuming satellite can service your area), too.
Garbage collection, though, is the one that people tend to forget.
Trash and recycling services are often local, and under contract to private companies. You’ll want to find your local trash company and sign up for service at your new address. You may also be asked whether you want to buy trash cans.
The answer is almost always: “Yes, I want to buy trash cans”, and bigger trash cans are better. Homeowners generate a lot of garbage and it’s best to have a proper receptacle for the things you want to throw out.
You’re doing a lot to get ready for your new home. Utilities make sure your new home is ready for you.
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