Utilities for your new apartment
Once you’re settled in your new apartment, you may need to pay utility expenses each month. Depending on the utility service, you may also need to pay one-time activation fees when you set up your utility account.
Electric and gas service
Before you move in to your apartment, you may have the opportunity to shop around for an electricity and/or gas provider. You’ll most likely be billed monthly for these services. You may also be able to transfer your service from your current apartment to your new home if you’re happy with your plan and/or service provider.
Cable and internet services
Cable and internet services are another monthly expense to consider, as they may not be included as part of your monthly rent. Consider the cost of cable and internet in your area and whether the plan or provider you prefer is within your budget.
Water, trash and recycling
Apartments might charge a fee for recycling or valet trash service. You might also need to pay a monthly water bill to your city or county.