One of the biggest hassles when making a move is transferring or setting up utilities, but it doesn’t have to be. The internet has made setting up your basic utilities easier than ever, and we’ve put all the information you need to make your move in Miami Beach go as smoothly as possible.
Water and Sewage
Water and sewage services are handled by Miami-Dade County Municipal Services, so there’s no need to go hunting for the best deal. If you don’t have existing service through Miami-Dade, you can start service using their online form. A $50 deposit and $45 service charge are assessed for all new customers. Customers who already live in Miami-Dade County can set up their service for transfer directly through their online account. The County suggests that you schedule your service at least one day in advance to ensure there are no interruptions while you’re moving in. You can also contact the department by phone at (305) 665-7477.
Natural gas is one of the most cost-efficient energy sources around, and Miami Beach has two major contractors that handle their natural gas services. TECO and Florida City Gas are the two largest, and you’ll want to check the rates for both to find the solution that’s right for you. Visiting each site will allow you to see their rate plans in full, and you can also enter your address or zip code to find out if they serve your new residence. If you’re uncertain whether certain appliances in your new home use gas or electric, they can also provide you with the necessary details.
Florida Power and Light is the company that provides power to residents of Miami Beach, and you can set up new service or transfer your old service directly through their site. They have a whole section dedicated to moving. New customers merely need to enter their service information and requested start date along with their social security number, driver’s license number, or social security number. Orders placed before noon on Monday through Saturday are usually fulfilled the same day; but if you’re planning on moving on a Sunday or holiday, you may want to give advanced notice. Existing customers can register a transfer of service directly through their online account.
Cable and Satellite Television
Seven different providers offer cable or satellite service to residents of Miami Beach, but a number of these cover only tiny portions of the island. Satellite television is available to residents throughout the city, while Atlantic Broadband serves as the most prominent provider of cable services. AT&T and Comcast are also available in parts of the city. The process, pricing, and scheduling for cable or satellite service can vary wildly by provider, so you should check with each provider to make sure they service your address and comparison shop to find the best deal. We suggest contacting your company a week in advance to ensure that a technician can make it to your property before you move in.
There is a whole host of residential and satellite internet providers in Miami Beach, and their coverage, speeds, and pricing can vary. You can find a list along with contact information here. Due to inconsistencies in coverage, your current provider may not offer service in Miami Beach, so be sure to contact a representative to find out more. We suggest comparison shopping here as well, since moving to a new provider could result in a hefty discount.
Make sure you have your utilities turned on prior to moving day to ensure your relocation goes as seamlessly as possible. And if you’re looking for a local moving service, reach out to Cheap Movers to get free quotes from the best companies in town!