Are you moving soon? You’ll have to set up utilities in your new home, so don’t wait too long to complete these tasks. Moving into a new home without everything working properly is frustrating. Here is a step-by-step guide for how to set up utilities during the moving process.

How to Set Up Utilities in 3 Steps

In a nutshell, you need to:

  • Make a checklist
  • Schedule to end service with current utility companies
  • Open accounts with new companies or at a new address

Create a checklist of all the utility companies that you need to notify. This includes the providers you’re currently using and the new companies you’ll use in your new home. Add each company’s contact information to your list so you don’t have to hunt for this information later.

The next step is to let all current utility companies know about your moving day and that you want them to shut off service on that day. It’s a good idea to delay turning off power for 24-48 hours after moving day. You’ll thank yourself if you have to go back to pick up any last items.

The final step is to call your new utility companies and tell them when you need service turned on. Here are some good questions to ask new providers as you’re working through the process of how to set up utilities:

  • How much advance notice do you need?
  • How long should I expect the setup process to take?
  • Do you charge activation fees or a deposit?
  • Do I need to be at home when you come to get things turned on?
  • How much does an average monthly bill cost?

How to Set up Utilities: Gas & Electricity

Plan this process out 14 days in advance. Schedule the gas and electricity to be turned on the morning of your move. You’ll want your lights and heating or cooling working while you are moving in.

Turn on the Water

You may not need to be home when the water gets turned on. You do need to call and make sure it gets transferred over on time. You will want the water working when you are moving into your new home so that you can use the bathroom and clean.

Satellite Television

If you use satellite TV, make sure you get your account canceled at your old home and have them install the new satellite at your new home.

Cable TV

You might discover that your new home is located in an area where you need to change cable television providers. Check this out ahead of time so the family can enjoy some relaxing time together on the first night inside your new house.


Don’t wait too long to call your Internet service provider. There is often a delay for them to come out and get everything hooked up. Keep in mind that different companies offer various Internet speed options. Let your new provider know how many devices will be used at once to find out which speed option you should select.

If you use cable television, you might save money by bundling cable with an Internet package.

It’s easy to get distracted with everything involved in moving and forget to complete these tasks in advance. Use the above tips to make sure all utilities are turned on by the time you need to use them.

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