The average American will move more than 11 times in his or her lifetime. Whether you’re prepping for a cross-country move or a move down the block, the process is never without its hiccups and challenges. From meticulously packing your belongings and playing Tetris in the back of a moving truck to transferring utilities and forwarding mail, there’s a lot of things you’ll need to do and remember in the days and weeks leading up to your big move.
If you’re working from home or just want to make sure that your favorite smart home devices are ready to go when you move in, one important task to remember is to set up WiFi in your new home and disconnect your old service. If there’s a move in your future, keep reading to learn everything you need to know about moving your WiFi.
Give Your Internet Provider a Heads Up
The first thing you’ll want to do is give your internet provider a heads up. This is a must-do for a few reasons. First, if you’re moving locally, you’ll want to ask whether or not you can continue with the same service in your new home. You’ll also want to find out when your service in your current home will need to end if you want to avoid paying for a partial month of service. If you’ll be continuing your service in your new home, ask whether you can switch it off in your old home and connect it in your new one on the same day to avoid going WiFi-free for an extended period.
For instance, when you choose Cox as your internet service provider, transferring utilities is as easy as going to the company’s website and checking to ensure that your new zip code has the same services available. If so, you can request a transfer and easily move your internet and other services from your old home to your new one.
Look for Discounts or Bundles
If you find that you’re going to need to get a new internet service provider for your new home, don’t just sign up for the first service that you’re offered. Start by considering all the providers available in your area. You’ll want to compare not just costs, but service options as well — while one provider might offer a cheaper monthly rate, if their speeds aren’t enough for your family members to enjoy their favorite games or to work or study on the web, you’ll want to look for a different service.
Next, ask about bundle and discount options. Many providers offer a discounted rate on your first year of service. If you know that you’ll need a landline, TV, or other services, you may be able to bundle these from a single provider for a discount as well.
Pack Your WiFi Equipment With Care
Like any electronic, your router and modem are sensitive. Pack them carefully with plenty of padding to ensure that they arrive in your new home in working order.
If you’ll be setting up your new internet right away, make sure that you label the box that contains your WiFi equipment, and place them in your personal vehicle instead of the moving truck. This will make it easier to find what you need as soon as you arrive in your new home.
Prepping Your WiFi for Your Move
Prepping your WiFi for your next move is a great way to ensure you aren’t left dealing with not having internet for the first few days in your new home. Put these tips to work to get the right service and ensure that your WiFi equipment arrives in one piece and ready to go.