Moving to a new family house is an amazing and joyful thing—once you actually settle in. No matter how great the occasion is, the process of moving can be incredibly stressful due to the sheer amount of things that need to get done.
Of course, one of the most important things there is to do—and unfortunately, the one thing that a lot of people don’t really think about in time — is ensuring that you have your electricity supply by the time you move into your new home.
Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to make that happen.
1. Compare Plans
If you’re unsure whether or not you want to stay with the same power provider, it’s important that you take time to compare available plans. In order to connect your power supply to your new home, you’ll have to pay a small deposit fee most of the time— however, this is often no more than fifty dollars—and there’s a possibility you might even be able to get a deal where it’s free of charge.
In any case, it makes sense to compare electricity plans for your new house and see which one fits your budget the best. Many providers offer a range of different introductory offers that come with flexible contracts and competitive rates.
Of course, you can do this on your own if you start the process early enough, however, a clever way to save time is to contact a power broker who’ll do the legwork for you, so that all you have to do is take a look at a premade list with all the pros and cons clearly stated and just take your pick.
2. Plan Ahead
No matter how much time you’ve set aside to plan the move—think again. It’s incredibly important to organize, plan and prepare for a move, and the best way to do that is to start thinking about it as early as possible.
You might not be able to think of everything you need at one given time, so a good idea would be to start jotting down everything that comes to mind—for example, certain questions you might have about your future electricity supply. The more things you’ll have on your list, the better.
When you’re done jotting everything down, check them against what needs to get done. This should help you prioritize and plan ahead for the move by ordering different tasks in terms of their urgency.
While there are ways to get your power supply in just a day’s time, it’s always better to already have a firm grasp on which provider you want to go with a month ahead. Making sure to contact them two weeks before you finally move in is a great way to ensure there’ll be no hiccups and delays when it comes to all of your utilities.
3. Call Your Supplier
Once you’ve settled on a provider, and made the two-week mark, it’s time to make the (hopefully) final call. When dealing with suppliers in cases like this, it’s best to call them at least 48 hours before you move.
While they should already have you booked for your moving day, it’s better to be safe than sorry—you don’t want to spend your first night in the dark after all. When you do, make sure to ask for a connection date—this is an important part of getting your power supply in a timely manner.
The sooner you call, the more likely it is that they’ll be able to meet your request. It may seem like a bother, but it’s actually the most efficient way of getting your electricity set up in time.
4. Alternative Power Sources
If you did everything mentioned, you really should be fine. However, if you really want to make sure you can start unpacking, getting a hot shower, or simply relaxing watching a movie right after the last box is safely inside your new house, you might want to consider getting an alternative power source just in case.
A portable power generator is an excellent choice, especially since—as the name suggests—it’s portable. In other words, it’s not something you can only use for this occasion and never again.
On the contrary, you can bring it with you on camping trips or perhaps use it for future outside construction projects so you don’t have to rely on a fixed outlet when using your power tools.
Moving to a new family house really is a big and important step, and in the middle of all the hassle and potential chaos— make sure to remember to congratulate yourself on reaching the milestone.
By making sure to compare power plans, start planning ahead of time, and by calling your chosen supplier to confirm the date, you can rest assured that you’ll be able to enjoy all the comforts your new home has to provide since day one.