Before you move, be sure you know all the utilities you’re responsible for and make the transfers. The further in advance you can make the call the better, as utility companies will need to schedule a time to make the switch. Another switch you can make in advance is filling out a change of address form with Canada Post, which you can do online.
When you transfer utilities, disconnecting services in one location and resuming them in another, there are a few simple rules to follow. While gas, electric, phone and cable companies each have their own lead-time for disconnect/connect notification, a good rule of thumb is to contact their customer service departments at least two weeks prior to the move. On your day of departure, be sure to keep your electric, gas and water on until you leave the house for the last time. Arrange to have those same utility services up and running at your new residence before you move in. A few more points to keep in mind when vacating the premises:
Moving Utilities Tip: Final Reading
Have your utility companies and/or town do a final reading of the gas, electric and water meters. Make sure to get and keep a copy of your bill or report.
Moving Utilities Tip: Forward Your New Address
Supply companies with a forwarding address where they can send final invoices. If you don’t, you could be surprised down the road with unnecessary late fees and unfortunate credit circumstances.
Moving Utilities Tip: Pay the Piper and Get Your Money Back
Pay any overdue bills, but also collect any refunds or utility deposits. Many people forget that they may have served up a substantial deposit months and sometimes years back – depending on how long they’ve lived at their most recent address.