Planning move to lovely Newport News, Virginia? The area you’ve chosen to call home is steeped in history, rich in natural beauty, and full of things to do. Before you can settle in and enjoy your new hometown, you’ll need to take care of the basics, like setting up utilities for your new home. Here’s a guide to make your transition go more smoothly:
Electricity – Dominion Virginia Power
Since 1909, Dominion Virginia Power (previously Virginia Railway and Power Company) has supplied electricity to homes and businesses across Virginia. Today, as the leading electric service provider in Virginia, Dominion Virginia Power delivers power to more than 2.5 million customers in North Carolina and Virginia via 63,600 miles of electrical lines.
To start or transfer your service with Dominion Virginia Power, call 866-366-4357, or click here to manage your service. Don’t forget to switch off electricity at your current residence on the day after your move, and be sure electric service at your new home is turned on in advance of moving day.
Water – Newport News Waterworks
Newport News Waterworks supplies water to more than 400,000 people in the Hampton Roads area. If your new home connects to the public water system, you can activate service by calling the Waterworks Department at 757-926-1000.
If your new property relies on a private well, be sure to have the water tested before moving in. Ask the current residents or the home inspector whether the water is potable, or if you’ll need to purchase drinking water while living there.
Gas Service – Virginia Natural Gas
Since 1850, Virginia Natural Gas has provided reliable gas service to residential and commercial customers across the state. Now a part of the Southern Company Gas family, Virginia Natural Gas provides service to almost 300,000 customers in the Old Dominion state, including many households in Newport News.
To start or transfer your gas service, complete a service request form here or call 866-229-3578 to speak with a representative. If your new home is already equipped with a natural gas meter, all you will need to do is create a new account. Virginia Natural Gas can also assist with converting your home to natural gas or adding a new appliance to an existing gas line. Compared to other utilities, gas service can take additional time to set up and activate. So, be sure that you contact Virginia Natural Gas well in advance of your move. You’ll want everything set up and ready to roll by the time the colder weather rolls around.
Trash Pickup and Recycling – City of Newport News
Solid waste pick-up is a category that is often overlooked by new homeowners and renters, especially if you’ve always relied on the local transfer station to dispose of your household trash. The City of Newport News offers weekly household trash and recycling pick-up, as well as biweekly bulk and brush debris collection services. To see the pick-up days for your street, check out the city’s pick-up schedule. Newport News includes a solid waste fee with your monthly water bill based on the number and type of garbage containers assigned to your address. To contact the Solid Waste Department, call 757-933-2311.
Cable and Internet Providers
For cable and internet service, there are several options available, depending on your needs. For cable, internet, or landline phone service, try Cox Communications (757-222-1111). Cox offers a 30-day satisfaction or money-back guarantee and bundled service packages to make managing your services easier.
Another option is FIOS by Verizon (855-836-6071). FIOS offers some great package deals, so you won’t have the hassle of juggling several monthly bills.
Finally, for a satellite-dish option, DirecTV (866-229-3578) offers service in Newport News as well. Their monthly payment plan is affordable, but be aware that satellite dishes are prone to malfunctions during inclement weather.
If you need additional information, or you’d just like a virtual tour of your future stomping grounds, visit the Newport News official webpage. Being well-prepared for the big move will ensure a stress-free — and perhaps even enjoyable — transition. Again, don’t forget to cancel your current utility services before leaving your old home; you don’t want to be stuck with double payments.