Content of the material
- 1. How to transfer your water account moving house
- Moving into a new rental
- Moving into a home you have bought
- If you’re struggling with living costs
- How do I transfer utilities?
- Step 2. Re-evaluate your utility services
- How Much Is Electricity for an Apartment?
- How do I find out who supplies electricity to a new house?
- WILL you be TRANSFERRING or CHANGING your utilities?
- Conduct an Energy Audit
- Call your utilities to schedule changes
- Frequently asked questions for utilities
- 7. Schedule Final Meter Reading Before Transferring Utilities
- Provide an up-to-date forwarding address
- When to switch utilities when moving?
- Moving Day: Make Sure Utilities Are Successfully Turned On/Off
- Conduct a final meter reading
- What’s the Weather Like in Texas?
- Also Read
- How to Prepare Your Home for Moving
1. How to transfer your water account moving house
One of the most crucial things you want to ensure is done, is making sure that your water account has been set up correctly – imagine not being able to enjoy hot showers in your new bathroom because your water has been cut off!
Luckily in Westen Australia, Watercorp doesn’t cut off water supply when a home is vacated so you don’t need to worry about that at all. In fact, it’s very easy to ensure that your water account is set up correctly for your new home, in fact, it’s all done for you!
Moving into a new rental
If you are moving into or out of a rental property your agent or property owner will update the billing details and organise a meter reading with Watercorp.
Moving into a home you have bought
If you’re using a settlement agent, I have good news for you, you also don’t need to do anything! Your settlement agent will inform Watercorp of the sale or purchase details and organise a final water meter reading on your behalf to finalise charges, to make sure you are only charged for the water that you used, and then the charges will be settled/paid through your settlement agent.
And that’s it! Told you it was easy. If you want to learn more about the process, you can visit the Watercorp website.
If you’re struggling with living costs
If you’re struggling with money, there are things you can do to save on your regular living costs. Check what to do if you need help with living costs.
If you’re finding it hard to pay your bills, you can get help. Find out more about getting help with your bills.
You can also get help with debts.
If you’re struggling to pay for food, find out how to get help from a food bank.
How do I transfer utilities?
You should arrange for the utilities to be working when you move in so contact your current provider – or search for a new one using a utility price comparison website – to get the cheapest deals. They will then have the bills sorted in your name from the date you move in. To transfer, you should:
- Contact the current occupant (or ask the estate agent) who currently supplies the property
- Contact the supplier
- Give them your details for a new account
- Tell them when you are moving in
- Take a meter reading
- Give the supplier the meter reading
- And that’s it!
If you are happy with your current provider, you can call and tell them you are moving and want them to continue being your provider. They will still need the meter readings from your current home and the one you move into.
Step 2. Re-evaluate your utility services
The second step to changing utilities when moving is to take a long, hard look at the list of utilities you’ve just created and think about whether you do need all of those services. Maybe there’s a service you’re not using much but you’re paying for anyway?
Moving house is the perfect opportunity to re-assess your need for the home utilities you’re enjoying. Obviously, electricity and water are must-keep services but it may turn out that you’re not watching TV as much as you thought you would. And if that’s the case, do you still need the premium package of TV channels – the one that also happens to be the priciest option too?
Think in perspective – your decision to cancel one or two utilities which you’re not really using will enable you to save money in the long run. And besides, you can always renew a canceled or stopped utility service after you’ve already settled in the new home.
On the list of utilities to transfer when moving, mark appropriately any services you’ve decided to disconnect and not reconnect in your new residence.
How Much Is Electricity for an Apartment?
Electricity is crucial in a home, so it’s little wonder many people ask how to set up electricity for an apartment and how much it costs. The typical American uses 41% of their home energy on heating and cooling and 35% on electronics. Your electric bill depends on the number of people in your home, the state you live in, and the size of your house. For example, if you live alone in a one-bedroom apartment, you might pay $94 on average. In California, the monthly electricity bill is about $116. You can save on electricity bills by turning off your appliances when you’re out of the house and if they are not in use.
How do I find out who supplies electricity to a new house?
Unlike the situation for finding out who supplies the gas, finding the electricity supplier is more complicated. If you can’t ask the previous owner, then you need to call one of these regional distributor contact numbers based on the geographic location of your home:
- Central and South Scotland
0330 1010 300
- North West England
0870 7510 093
- North East England
0845 6013 268
- North Scotland
0345 026 2554
- North Wales, Merseyside, Cheshire, North Shropshire
033 0101 0300
- South England
0845 0262 554
- South Wales, South West England, Midlands
0845 6015 972
- London, South East & East England
0845 6015 467
0845 070 7172
WILL you be TRANSFERRING or CHANGING your utilities?
You already know that you will need to stop the utilities at your old place and then set them up in the new one. But do you know if you’ll need to transfer your home utilities or change your utilities during the move?
It all depends whether you’re moving locally (within the same state) or whether you’re moving long distance to another state in the country.
In the case of in-state moving, you may be able to keep the same utility providers, meaning that you’ll only have to transfer the utilities to the new home while keeping them in your name. Often, transferring your utilities instead of changing them will also mean that you won’t have to pay a deposit, a cancellation fee or a connection fee since you’ll be retaining those utility accounts.
In the case of interstate moving, the new state or specific area in the state may not be covered by your current utility service providers. If so, then you’re going to have to change your utilities, not transfer them. Changing utilities when moving house will often incur extra expenses such as a cancellation fee, a connection fee and of course – a deposit.
Conduct an Energy Audit
The last thing and perhaps the most important thing that you must do before fully shifting to your new home is conducting an energy audit of the place. Get a technician on board to do the test. The audit exercise would let you in on the need for any improvements in the house’s insulation, furnace, or ductwork. It essentially tells you about any air leaks or other possible integrity concerns the house may have.
Call your utilities to schedule changes
Next, you will want to check online or call the utility services to initiate service or to schedule transfers. The general rule of thumb is to call 3 weeks before the transfer date. During peak season (June, July, or August), we recommend setting the activation appointments up at least 4 weeks in advance.
- Ask what you will need to secure in order to transfer utilities. Is a deposit required? Will you need to be present when the old utilities are turned off or the new utilities turned on? This is a good time to set up any necessary appointments.
- Ask if there are any discounts for starting new service at your new apartment.
- Ask if there are any ways to lower your utility bill. This might be a good time to examine your utility services and see if there are features you are not using.
You’ll want to have the following information on hand:
- Your shut-off and activation dates
- Your account numbers
- Your new address
Frequently asked questions for utilities
Can I keep my same utilities and other services when I move?
Maybe. It depends on whether you’re still in the same service area for your previous provider. If you’re buying a house, your real estate agent can tell you the providers in your area — or it is likely included in your closing paperwork. If you’re renting, your landlord can tell you.
How much does it cost to transfer utilities?
That depends on the utility and the service provider. Some utility companies may have a transfer fee, a processing fee, or may charge for a new service setup. Make sure to ask what charges are associated with installing the utility in your home when you talk with a representative. You can try to look up an answer on their website, but this may be a time when getting someone on the phone is preferable.
Will I have to pay a deposit when I transfer my utilities?
If you’re keeping your same providers, probably not. If you’re signing up for new service, you might – depending on your credit and other factors. Make sure you have a credit card or other payment method in hand when calling to set up a utility service.
How do I transfer utilities to a roommate?
You can transfer your utility bill to your roommate or another member of the household by contacting your provider. Like anything with utilities, you’ll want to do this as soon as possible to avoid a mix up when it comes time to pay the bill. Remember that whoever’s name is on the bill will be the one charged for the service.
The person requesting that the bill be put under their name will need to show personal documentation to the utility company — usually, some proof of identification (i.e. ID, passport, birth certificate) and proof of the billing address (i.e. the lease agreement with the person’s name and new address on it or an addressed piece of mail).
7. Schedule Final Meter Reading Before Transferring Utilities
You don’t want to get stuck paying for services that you didn’t use, so be sure to have your water and electricity meters read right before they’re shut off. This way, if there are any discrepancies over your last bill, you will have documentation confirming your shut-off date.
Provide an up-to-date forwarding address
If you know your intended permanent address, provide it to your current utility companies so they can easily forward your deposit, or your final bill, or any refunds that are due. If you don’t yet have a mailing address, provide the address of someone you can trust to receive important documents or set up a temporary PO Box in your new hometown. Either way, don’t leave this kind of mail up to the fates of the mail system!
When to switch utilities when moving?
It’s a good idea to give providers at least a few weeks’ notice that you’re switching utilities when moving, or ideally as soon as you know exactly when you’re going to make the switch.
Some providers may be able to turn on your service remotely, or at least without bothering you. Others, like your internet or cable companies, might need you to be present to let a technician into the house.
Calling early gives you more flexibility to set up a service appointment and helps ensure that starting utilities in your new home will go smoothly. Besides, the earlier you can check things off on your new homeowner checklist, the better. This will make the move-in process less stressful.
Moving Day: Make Sure Utilities Are Successfully Turned On/Off
Checking to make sure your utilities in your new home are set up is easy enough. Go around and flip light switches and turn on faucets. If you have light and see running water, you’re all set!
You won’t know about garbage pickup or recycling until collection day, but if cans are still full after you put them out on the curb, chances are your service wasn’t set up correctly.
If you find that your utilities aren’t working properly, make sure to contact your service provider immediately so they can send someone to take care of it. Trust us, you don’t want to be without running water after a full day of sweating and hauling furniture!
You can ensure that your services were shut off at your old place by checking your account status online or calling your former provider. Again, have that final meter reading handy in case you need to dispute any final charges.
Conduct a final meter reading
This is an important step to protect yourself in case of any disputes after you have moved out. Arrange for the utility companies to do a final meter reading at your home and ensure that the utilities are turned off. You don’t want to get stuck with the bill for utilities that you weren’t using.
What’s the Weather Like in Texas?
Despite the jokes about Texan weather, the Lone Star state enjoys a wide variety of climates, including extreme weather. Heat, snow, and tornadoes are not unknown, but BBQ lovers need not fear — there will be plenty of time to fire up the grill.
In general, the panhandle and northern plains have cold winters with plenty of snow coupled with hot summers. Big Bend Country, which lies to the western end of Texas, has hot and dry summers, whereas Eastern and Central Texas experience hot and humid summers and mild winters.
South Texas hardly ever sees winter snowfall while summers are hot and dry. Finally, the coastal east is the area that, while still warm in summer, endures more rainfall, hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms than the rest of Texas.
Mosquitoes can be an unwelcome distraction. Also, you might want to check if your new home has air conditioning because of potential heatwaves. The barometer can frequently top 100 degrees Fahrenheit during Texan summers.
People’s energy demands vary across the state, which is why choosing the most suitable energy provider is a big part of moving to Texas.
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