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The boxes are packed, contract is signed, and you have the keys to your new home. Moving into a new home can be exciting with many firsts to look forward to.  However, it can also be stressful in the beginning, not knowing certain key elements to a smooth transition.  Whether you are a homeowner, or renting a new apartment, these 3 tips will help moving into your new home a little easier.

  1. Utilities

I may seem like a no brainer, but a frequently asked question is what utility company to use.  If you are new to an area these would be especially unfamiliar.  In the Dallas Metroplex most areas will give you a variety of choices.

Electricity Powertochoose.org is a great place to start.  It is a website that will help you choose an electric provider that fits your needs.  If you do not want to use the site’s services, it will give you an idea of the different electric providers in the area.  No matter the provider you choose, be sure to have this set up prior to move in.  This will ensure your electricity will be turned on by moving day.

Rule of thumb, always check to see if your address is serviceable by a provider.  There are a few areas in the Metroplex that are serviced by an exclusive provider.  Coserv (areas of Carrollton, TX) and Garland Power and Light (areas of Garland, TX) are two of these.

Water, Trash, and Sewer – Check the City website to which you are moving.  If you are moving to Dallas, the City of Dallas website is where you will find the information for your bill.  It will also give you the schedule for trash days.  When to move you garbage bin out for pick up, and also any rules/regulations.

If you are renting, check with your landlord.  There are times the water, trash and sewer is included in a flat fee paid with rent.

GasA common oversight when purchasing or renting a new home is, knowing if appliances and heat run on gas.  If your home requires gas, you will need a gas provider as well.  Atmos Energy is the gas provider for most of Dallas. Just like the electricity, set up service prior to move in.

  1. Cable and Internet

You have a few choices when it comes to cable and internet.  The two major companies in Dallas are Charter Communications and AT&T.  While both have pros and con, make sure they have what fits your needs. Such as, no contracts, packages, and any specials offered.

It is best to contact them to schedule an install at least 15 days prior to moving. Most appointments are between 5 to 14 days out.  If possible, try making your install appointment first thing in the morning, and make sure you will be home. A technician is not allowed to work if the customer is not home.  This will help eliminate any headaches and save time.

Always check with your landlord or Homeowners Association.  Satellites may not be allowed, or they may be under contract with a provider.  This will limit your choices.

  1. Forwarding Address

To make sure you receive you monthly bills, correspondence, and other pieces of mail, be sure to forward your address at the post office.  It can be done by filling out the packet at the post office or online at www.usps.com.  This will ensure your mail gets to your new address in case not all of your contacts receive your change of address.

Even though this information seems trivial, these three little tips can make your move into your new home a little easier. Having the right information can prevent headaches during an exciting time in life.