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Moving Your Utilities
 
Staying Connected
Make your move stress-free by remembering the details, and dealing with utilities well in advance of moving day can help insure anyone's peace of mind. Nobody, after all, wants to relocate across town or country only to find the phone dead and lights out.
 
If you are transferring utilities, disconnecting services in one location and resuming them in another, there are a few simple rules to follow. While gas, electric, phone and cable companies each have their own lead-time for disconnect/connect notification, a good rule of thumb is to contact their customer service departments at least two weeks prior to the move.
 
When moving day comes, be sure to keep those lights burning, the heat going and the phone working until you've waved the movers goodbye and locked the front door. Arrange to have those same utility services up and running at your new residence at least a day before you move in. A few more points to keep in mind when vacating the premises:
 
Final Reading
 
Have your utility companies and/or town do a final reading of the gas, electric and water meters. Make sure to get and keep a copy of your bill or report.
 
Forward Your New Address
 
Supply companies with a forwarding address where they can send final invoices. If you don't, you could be surprised down the road with unnecessary late fees and unfortunate credit circumstances.
 
Pay the Piper and Get Your Money Back
 
Pay any overdue bills, but also collect any refunds or utility deposits. Many people forget that they may have served up a substantial chunk of change months and sometimes years back - depending on how long they've lived at their most recent address.
 
Bring Important Numbers and Addresses With You
 
Take along your local phone directories, in case you need to make contact again with your old neighborhood.

Finally, water and sewer service can be arranged directly through the appropriate town or city department. The same holds true for garbage pickup and recycling, the cost of which is usually rolled into the property tax bill.

 
 
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