Steps to transfer all utilities to your new home: Can’t live without it right?

15 Nov by Dr Dan Amzallag, PhD (Expert Mover)

Steps to transfer all utilities to your new home: Can’t live without it right?


Starting a new life in a new home is always beautiful experience. Unfortunately, this beauty is usually overlooked or lost in the stress-pumped chore that is a relocation. With so many tasks to take care of, you rarely have the time to enjoy what we’re going through – a moving adventure. You are either packing, organizing or figuring out where to put all your stuff, so we have no time to look back on our old home and properly say goodbye to it. We are here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way. If you hire reliable movers, they can take care of everything for you while you dedicate your time to moving tasks only you can handle – changing your address or figuring out how to transfer utilities when moving. Luckily, we can even help you with that! Just read our comprehensive guide and you’ll find this moving task easy to handle!

Plan and notify

First things first, when you decide you’re going to move, you’ll need to notify the necessary authorities. This is best done a few weeks before your actual moving day. This way both you and the utility companies will have enough time to prepare and plan. Think of it like this, the sooner you inform them of the change of address, the sooner you’ll be able to transfer all your utilities.

But, how can you know all this so early before your relocation date? This is where good planning comes in! It is the foundation of every successful relocation not matter if you’re moving by yourself or with the help of professionals. A when you’re planning, a moving inventory and checklist can come in handy. Putting everything you need to do on paper is a great way to keep track of your progress in completing all your chores. In addition to this, it’s a good way to make sure you don’t forget anything during the moving day rush.


Take care of these things on time. This is the best way to transfer utilities when moving.


Make a list of your utilities

After you’ve called your movers to get a moving quote and schedule your moving day, you should prepare to transfer utilities when moving. Before you start, you should list all your utilities and their providers. Some of these utilities will be provided by the city (sewer, water and sometimes electricity services) but for some, you’ll need to contact private providers (internet, phone). This is why creating a list of your utilities is important. It makes everything else easier.


A good moving checklist can save you a lot of trouble.

How to transfer utilities when moving and…


Before you’ve started packing up your home, you should call your current utility providers and notify them of you departure date. This will be the last day your old home will have water, electricity and internet in your name. If can also tell them to stop the services a few days after your moving day, in case something happens during your move which will force you to stay in your old home for a few more days.

However, you also want to make sure no one else is using your utility services in your old home. So, feel free to call your providers a few days after your move and ask them if all utilities have been terminated at your old address.


Contact your providers before you arrive to your new place. It’s best to inform them of your arrival date at least a week in advance. This is especially important if you’re moving into a previously uninhabited home. In other words, if no one lived in your new place for a long time before you moved in, your providers might need a few days to send technicians there to turn on the water and power.

Apart from this, you’ll need to contact your destination city utility providers if you need the services of long-distance movers from Maryland. Try calling them a few weeks in advance. Moving to a different city or state is very hard without doing everything at the last moment.

If there was someone living there before you moved in, just make sure you transfer all the utilities to your name from the date you move in. In addition to this, you’ll need to make sure that your terminate any other services that the previous resident used but you don’t need or want.

Successful transfer of these utilities will depend on how early you start.


If you want to easily transfer utilities when moving, the most important thing you’ll need to do is to learn how to take it easy. Since the biggest part of this moving task will be talking to utility providers, it’s perfectly understandable to feel frustrated. However, if you’re not thinking straight because of your frustrations,  you’re bound to do more harm than good. So, make sure you avoid stress when transferring utilities by:

  • Taking breaks between the calls – being on hold for the most of the day is terrible and maddening. So, try to designate days for calling each provider and you won’t feel overwhelmed.
  • Starting early – the sooner you start the sooner you’ll finish. Besides, this gives you enough time to handle any unforeseen issues which might arise.
  • Don’t keep it in, don’t blow it up – show understanding but don’t let anyone push you around or you’ll never transfer utilities when moving. Some of your providers will offer you excuses or reasons for their tardiness. Accept them if they’re valid, but demand explanations for anything that needs clearing up. Remember, you’re paying for a service, you have the right to know!


ByDr Dan Amzallag, PhD (Expert Mover)

20 years experience in the field of moving and relocation. Sharing tips and expertise in the proper ways to move, pack, and arrive at your destination. Managing, the leading consumer protection portal for the moving industry

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