Moving can be stressful, and there are many things to consider. One crucial task often forgotten is scheduling the utilities to end. Forgetting to do so can lead to you inadvertently paying for the new homebuyer’s utilities for the first month, which can be a hassle to rectify. So, it’s important to call the utility providers and let them know about your move.
In Baton Rouge, you will need to call your electricity company, the gas company (if you have gas service), and the water company. If you live in one of the outlying parishes that allows you to choose your trash provider, you must also contact them. I suggest setting up the services to stop the day after the closing date agreed upon. This way, if there is a little hiccup, you won’t be stressed about extending the service. Additionally, if you have a security system, cable, wi-fi, etc., schedule it to be shut off the day before closing.
However, if you are moving to a new home, you should transfer the utilities to your new home instead of canceling them. This will ensure that your new home is equipped with all the necessary utilities.
You should receive an email from us reminding you to schedule the utilities to end and providing phone numbers. In case you want to start early or don’t receive it, here’s a link containing the contact information for the utility providers to make things easier for you.