When you’re getting ready to move, your mind is focused on getting everything packed, hiring a reputable moving company, and getting settled into your new home. The experience can be both exciting and stressful, but one thing you cannot forget is to check the utilities in your old home before you move and your new home once you’ve arrived. At Billy Goat Moving in Fort Collins, we’ll make sure all your belongings arrive safely, but it will be up to you to coordinate the shut off and activation of your utilities. In this blog, we’ll cover some tips on double-checking things in both your old and new residences.

Will You Be Switching Utility Companies?

If you’re moving locally, chances are you’re going to stay with the same gas or electric company. Be sure you let them know well in advance that you’ll be moving and when they need to transfer the billing to your new address. Although you may like the people who are moving into your old house or apartment, you don’t really want to be paying for their water and gas for the next month. By giving your utility company enough notice, you can rest assured that everything will be working when you arrive at your new home. If you have to switch companies, make sure the old service is shut off just before you leave and the new services are turned on before you need them.

Check Every Light and Appliance

This is more applicable to your new residence, but it’s also important to check that the lights and appliances (those you’re leaving behind) are working properly in your old residence. When you arrive at your new home, and have coordinated with the utility company to have everything turned on, be sure to check every light and appliance to see that the electricity and gas are working. If not, it’s important to contact your utility company right away. Be sure to have your account number and address handy so you can relay important information quickly.

Make Sure There Are No Overdue Fees

One way to make sure everything is transferred or shut off properly is to check on any overdue or outstanding fees with your current utility company. They will need a forwarding address to send your final bill, but if there are fees you haven’t paid, you’ll have to settle those before they’ll close your old account. You’ll also want to schedule a final meter reading so your last bill is accurate.

If you’re planning to move in the near future, contact Billy Goat for friendly and professional service all across Colorado. We’ll make sure your furniture, lamps, and appliances all arrive safely, and once you’ve checked that everything’s working properly, you can settle in and enjoy your new house. If you smell any gas leaks or have lights that are flickering, let your utility provider know as soon as possible so you don’t have to worry about a potential catastrophe.

We look forward to hearing from you!