Moving Out? Here’s How to Handle Your Internet, Cable, and Utility Contracts

Moving with to a new place comes with a to-do list a mile long, and one of the most important tasks is dealing with your existing service contracts. You’ve got internet, cable TV, and various utilities that need to be sorted out before you hit the road. Let’s break down the steps to make sure you’re not paying for services at a place you no longer call home.

1. Know Your Terms:
First things first, dig out those contracts or check online accounts for the terms of service. You’ll need to know if you’re in a fixed-term contract and what the penalties are for early termination. Sometimes, you can transfer services without a hitch; other times, it might cost you.

2. Timing is Everything:
Start this process early. Some services require a 30-day notice to cancel or move services. You don’t want to be stuck paying an extra month for services you’re not using just because you forgot to call.

3. Transfer or Cancel?
Decide if you’ll transfer your services or cancel them. If you’re moving locally, transferring might be the best bet. Moving out of the service area? Then cancellation is your route.

4. The Break-Up Call:
Yes, it’s time to call your service providers. Be firm but polite. Service reps are trained to keep you as a customer and might offer sweet deals to stay. But if you’re moving on, make it clear and stick to your plan.

5. Pay Up:
If there are outstanding balances or termination fees, now’s the time to settle up. Ask for a confirmation email or letter that states your account is closed and paid in full.

6. Record Keeping:
Keep records of all correspondence and confirmation numbers. You’ll thank yourself if there are disputes later.

7. Equipment Returns:
Some companies require you to return equipment like modems, routers, or cable boxes. Find out how and where to return these items and get a receipt as proof.

8. Final Readings:
For utilities, you might need to provide final meter readings. Snap a photo with your phone for your records.

9. Forwarding Address:
Give your providers a forwarding address for the final bill or any refunds that might be due to you.

10. The New Place:
Lastly, don’t forget to set up services at your new place. Nothing’s worse than unpacking in the dark or without WiFi.

Taking care of these contractual obligations might be a bit of a hassle, but it’s an important part of the moving process. With a little planning and organization, you can ensure that your move is smooth and that you’re not paying for services you no longer use. Welcome to your new home, free from the ties of your old utility bills!