When moving to a new place, making sure that the moving van does not lose your stuff is the least of your worries. When everything arrives at the new place, finding that it has no power, water or gas can be the one thing that mars your first day at your new place so you need to make sure that you plan ahead and have everything you need before, during and after the last box is delivered.
A little careful planning never hurt anyone. Tedious and time-consuming it may be when you have other things to worry about in the first place but having a checklist of sorts of what you need to do, move and get connected can help a lot come moving day. From hiring the best moving company to getting the best utility providers, you'll have everything covered and will be able to settle down in your home new home in no time.
Believe it or not, one of the most common mistakes new homeowners make on moving day is to forget to take care of the power and gas. Normally, the gas will be connected by the time you move into your new home but there will be times when it is disconnected and it is recommended that you take care of this at least three days before you move in because that's how long it usually takes for companies to connect your gas services.
The beauty of moving companies these days is that they offer one-stop services like moving your stuff and at the same time arranging to get your utilities connected – a list of water, internet, TV, phone, electricity and gas suppliers are available on hand for you to choose from and advise the company of your selections. Even better, you can do this online and simply enter your postcode and your new address to pull up a list of reputable suppliers in that area. Sometimes your MIRN, which is the unique number written on the gas meter at your new property may be required and and voila! The connection will be arranged for you as soon as possible.
This is all a simple matter of taking care of things before you move and after you move. Before moving day, make sure you make a list of the utilities that you want to transfer to the new home. Make sure you inform of them of your move at least 48 hours before and do not forget to provide your old suppliers a forwarding address for your final bill.
If you're planning to switch to a new provider, verify with your old supplier if you are on a fixed-term plan as there is always a charge when you have to end your contract early. Make sure you schedule a meter reading on the day of your move and provide those meter readings to your old supplier so that you do not get overcharged. It may be good to take note that switching to a new provider takes 21 days.
In the same light, you also need to provide your new supplier with the meter readings on the day you move in so you can be sure your first bill is accurate. Remember, you will be responsible for the bill from the day you take ownership of the home even if you have not moved in yet. As long as you list everything down and take care of them by the perfect timeframe, a stress-free move is possible every time, anytime.