How to set up utilities in your new home

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Make sure all your utilities are ready to go when you move into your new place. Here's a list of arrangements you'll need to make in advance.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Call the local phone company at least one week before you move into your new home to obtain a phone number and to schedule new service starting on the day before you move in.

  2. 2

    Select a long-distance telephone service for your new home. Call to arrange service.

  3. 3

    Consult the yellow pages of the local phone directory for a cable TV provider. Call the provider to arrange for installation and/or connection.

  4. 4

    Call local water, gas and electric companies to set up services. Be prepared to provide each service with required identification, such as your driver's license or Social Security number.

  5. 5

    Be prepared to pay any required deposits and connection or installation fees to utility providers.

Tips and warnings

  • Set up utilities to start on the day before you move into your new home so you will have full access to all utilities on moving day.
  • Eliminate costly cable TV installation charges by checking your new home for pre-existing cable wiring before you set up service.

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