5 Steps to Setting Up Utilities

Your apartment will really start to feel like home once you have your electric, phone, cable and internet set up. Often it can take up to a week to get appointments set up and paperwork in, so be sure to start the process before you move. Below are some tips and tricks to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

1. Start the set up process before you move

You want to get started on setting up your utilities before you move. To give yourself sufficient time to get everything in order, begin the process about two weeks before your move.

2. Figure out what’s included in your rent

Find out from your apartment which services are included in your rent. If your services are not included, be sure to ask what the unit is wired for and if services such as satellite TV are allowed.

3. Cancel existing services

With all the excitement surrounding the move to your new apartment, don’t forget to cancel the utilities in your existing home. If you are moving in town, check with your current provider to see if you may be able to transfer your services as opposed to canceling them. Transferring services will be much less stressful than trying to set up all new services before you move.

4. Account for associated fees

When setting up new utilities, the company may charge a fee anywhere from $50 to $300. This fee could be treated as a deposit for future bills, or returned to you at the end of your service. No matter the provider you choose, there Is a good chance they will run a check on your credit. Also, don’t forget to negotiate or ask for discounts and specials. Companies offering cable and utilities have a lot of competition, so there may be incentives if you commit to signing.

5. Save $ if you bundle

If you are able to find a company that will bundle your phone, cable, and internet you might be able to save a lot of money. Not only does bundling save money, but it also makes bill paying a cinch, since all services come together in one monthly statement.

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