11 Steps to Getting Your Utility Bills
Getting your utility bills in your name can be a simple process once you understand the steps.
Transferring Utilities from a Public Utilities Commission
- Put utilities in your name as soon as possible when you are moving to a new home, so you won’t run into any issues with a previous tenant.
- Contact your utility provider and request a bill transfer. You may be able to do this through the website.
- Provide the requested documents. You may need to show proof of identity, such as your drivers’ license and your billing address. Proof of your billing address may require a piece of mail with your name and address.
- Make a deposit payment. If you don’t have a payment history with the company, then you may need to put in a deposit.
- Schedule a transfer date. In some cases, the company can update the billing information on the spot. In other cases, you will need to schedule a transfer date.
Setting Up New Utilities
- Search online or through a public utilities commission to find options in your area. You could be limited to a single provider or you may have multiple companies to consider.
- Choose an option that has the best service or the lowest price. When looking at prices, some companies will charge a flat rate while some will charge based on how much you use the service.
- Head to the office and verify your location and identity. Be sure to bring documents with you to provide identity and your billing address, just as you would if you were transferring utilities.
- Choose the service package. For those who have bills based on usage, you could just have a standardized service option.
- Make a deposit payment. When you sign up for a new utility, you have to make a deposit in order to protect the company if you fail to pay. The deposit amount can vary.
- Schedule the starting date. You may also need to schedule a time so the company can install any equipment.