Timing is everything when it comes to canceling or setting up utilities! Always give a utility provider adequate notice when canceling service to avoid overpaying or incurring fees. Contact the company early on to find out how much notice you need to give.
The same holds true when you start a service. Determine how far out you'll need to set up utilities so they're operating when you move in. It's no fun unpacking boxes in the dark or in the dead of winter without heat. When you make this initial point of contact, also ask if a deposit is required to turn on service. This way, you'll be prepared and can budget accordingly.
Something that's easy to forget about is how to navigate a security fence if you're moving into a gated community. Ask your landlord, management company or even sales office personnel for an access code or key. Sometimes exterior security gates or doors can be opened by the resident using his or her landline's key pad. But if you don't have or don't want a landline, ask what other ways you can let in visitors. You just may have to go to the gate to welcome in guests. This can be a hassle, especially if your home is far from the entry gate. If you're adamant about not wanting a landline, it may be worth selecting a unit as close to the entrance as possible.
Choosing which utilities you want is one thing. Selecting service providers and setting up accounts is another set of decisions. Continue on to learn easy ways to simplify these processes.