Around 14% of Americans move into a new home each year. However, many first-time homebuyers don’t have their new homes ready by the time they move into them. While you may be able to live without repainting your home right away or having all the appliances and features you want, there are certain things you cannot live without, like utilities.
When you’re moving into a new home, it’s important to get your utilities set up beforehand so they’re all ready for you to use. Just think – it would be a nightmare trying to settle into your new home without electricity, water, or Wi-Fi!
This guide will teach you everything you need to know about how to set up utilities for your new home.
How to Set Up Utilities when Buying a House
Here are the steps you need to take to get your utilities set up before your move-in day.
Determine Your New Providers
Standard utilities and services usually include electricity, water, gas, internet service, and waste collection. None of these are things you can live without. And if you’re moving, there’s no guarantee that your current utility provider will service the area you are relocating to.
Therefore, one of the first things you need to do is research and determine who your new utility providers will be. There are several ways you can do this. You can also ask your real estate agent, new neighbors, or someone at the city hall or municipal building.
Set Up Your Utility Accounts in Advance
Inform your utility provider of your move-in date so they can start the utility service before you move in. This way, they will have enough time to do all the hardware installations in your new home. When you hire them for the job, ask them if any discounts are available for first-time homebuyers.
Stop Services and Update Your Address
Now that you have new service providers, you need to cut ties with the old ones. It’s best to inform them about your move at least two weeks beforehand. Schedule the end of utility services in your old home for a day or two after your move-out date. This way, if your move-in date gets delayed, you won’t have to stress about it.
Also, make sure to update your address so your old service providers can mail you your last bill. You can simply put a forwarding address in place with the post office.
Setting Up Utilities Is Simple, but Worth It
Moving into a new home can be stressful and time-consuming. You don’t want to make it any more difficult than it has to be. Setting up your utility services in advance can save you a lot of hassle. It isn’t very hard or time-consuming, and it’s worth it. That way, your family can simply move in and enjoy your new home.
We’re here to help! At Mortgage Solutions Financial, we’re always excited to chat with first-time homebuyers. Call our office today to get in touch!