Not too long ago I talked about the different things you should do to prepare to move. In that post I talked about how you needed to call your billing companies to have everything changed over to the new house, but it’s not always as simple as that. There is actually a lot more that you need to do, and it can be easy to forget to do them. I know I had a hard time remembering what I needed do and who I needed to call.
- One of the first things you need to do is call the service providers for your new home. You will need to call the power company, water company, gas company, trash disposal, sewer company and any other company that supplies your home with necessary services.
- If you will require phone, cable, or internet at your new home you will need to figure out what companies are available for these services in the area and choose a provider. Not all services and companies will be available in all places. This means that when you move you may not be able to just transfer your services.
- If you can keep your services, you need to call and have those services transferred to the new house. If you are able to keep your phone, internet, and/or cable companies you can usually transfer them for free. You will need to call the company to have a time set up for them to transfer the service.
- If you have to choose a different service, make sure you call to set up a time for them to set it up and ask for new customer discounts. Make sure you know what your bill will be and ask for discounts. You can also ask how long the discounts will last and what your bill will be after the contract period is over. Make sure you are armed with information. If you are not sure what services are available in your area, you can ask your neighbors or check out InMyArea.com. Know that this service is limited to larger companies so your best source will be your friends, family, and neighbors.
- When setting up a service with a new company, make sure you cancel your old service. For example, if you have to chance cable companies, don’t forget to call your old cable company to cancel your service. There is no need to pay for cable twice, especially when you are not using one of them.
- In all this, you also want to make sure that you do not need the services before you cancel them. You don’t want to go canceling your home phone just to find out that you are not moving for another few days. Make sure you are completely moved out before canceling your services.
- While on the topic of canceling your services, if you have a house you need to sell, you need to leave your utilities on. If you are trying to sell your house an appraisal will need to be done, for this to happen they will check to make sure your faucets work, you have hot water, and electricity.
- Don’t think that you don’t need to call your utilities though. You need to call and change your address so you get your bills on time to pay them. If you wait for the post office to transfer your bills, you may get them too late to pay them on time.
- You also need to keep track of the bills you have in your possession that need payed. One of the worst things that can happen in a move is you lose a bill that needs paid. When you know you are going to be moving keep a bill paying area that is easily accessible and that will be in it’s own box and unpacked once you get to the new house. This means you need to have envelopes, stamps, bills, checks and your check register to keep track of everything, along with at least one pen.
- To make sure you have everything and have made all the calls you need to make, it can be helpful to write out a list of all your service providers and mark them off as you call them and have things transferred.
I have moved several times in my life so I have learned these tips from my own experience. These are just the things I do to keep everything organized.
What are your tips for keeping bills organized while you move?