During the moving process, you’ve got a lot on your plate. Changing your address, packing your belongings, and shifting your work schedule. One of the last things many people think about is apartment utilities. That’s a problem–forget your utilities and you’ll be stranded without WiFi or water.
Here, we’re walking you through every step of setting up your utilities.
Know What You Need to Set Up
Before you call a single utility company, you should talk to your landlord about what utilities you’re responsible for. This information is typically included in the lease. At Poplar Ridge, for example, we include water as part of our amenities in your rent.
You may need to set up any of the following:
- Water and sewer
- Trash collection
- Internet, cable, and phone
- Natural gas
Once you know what utilities you’re responsible for, you should ask your landlord if there are preferred providers. Apartment communities usually only work with one provider, and many have deals with Internet providers.
Apply for Service
Once you know what utilities you’re responsible for, you should contact each of your providers. If you have any common utility companies between your old address and your new one, you can simply transfer service. You should notify the company of the move a few weeks in advance and update your address. It’s usually a good idea to stop service within a few days of your move-out date.
If you’re applying for service with a new company, things are a little different. Every utility company has a different application process, but it often includes a credit check. If you don’t have good credit or haven’t had services before, you may need to pay a deposit.
Arrange a Setup
Once you’ve applied, you need to arrange to set up service. Generally, you should contact a provider at least two weeks before your moving date to arrange a setup. Luckily, most providers have an online portal that makes this process easy. You’ll need your new address, including the unit number, as well as the date you want service to start.
It’s generally a good idea to stop your service a day or two before you move and a day or two after you move in (you won’t have time to deal with it during moving day). Make sure to ask your provider about the wait time to resume services – if you’re moving during peak moving season (the summer months) the wait time will be longer. You should also ask the exact time of day when your service will be set up.
Apartment Utilities Make It Feel Like Home
Nothing quite like central heating and Internet to make an apartment feel like home! But setting up your utilities is just the first step.
For more tips on making the most of your apartment, check out our blog for more posts, like these five tips for a cheap apartment makeover. If you’re interested in living in our community, welcome! Click here to see what we have to offer to our residents, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.