When you move to a new home or are in the process of moving, it can be very hectic. Important things often get forgotten until the last minute, one of them being your internet service. You have disconnect your service in your old home and come to find out the move has been delayed. Or you are in your new home and are to busy setting things up that your forget about finding an internet service provider. Both scenarios can be remedied with the easy tips listed below.
Purchase a hotspot device
A hotspot device is great option to use if you move requires a long car trip. You can stay connected while driving across the country. There are a couple different ways to connect to a hotspot. A lot of people will just use their phones to connect to their mobile providers hotspot. However, this method can quickly burn through your data, depending on how much you have. Consider purchasing a portable USB hotspot or a mobile WiFi device (MiFi). You will have to pay about $200-$300 upfront for the equipment and data plan to avoid signing any long term contractions, but added convenience may be worth the cost. You can keep up with work and the kids watch Netflix movies to help pass time.
If you are able to keep your same provider at your new home, you might not have to purchase any of the hotspot equipment. This all depends if your provider has mobile hotspots, like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, or Verizon FiOS. If you provider has a hotspot, you should be able to see their network name when you turn on your WiFi. Use your username and password to connect to their network if you are within range.
Find Public WiFi
Looking up public WiFi spots might not be the most convenient option, but it saves you a significant amount of money. You can download an app and see all the closets spots around you that have free WiFI. Usually coffee shops such as Starbucks have a reliable connection for customers.
Other Important Things to Remember
Keeping up with your internet service is not the only thing easily forgotten. Here are couple other things that many people often overlook while moving:
- Telling your friends and family - an easy way to make sure everyone has your new address is to send out an email to important people in your address book. This way any Christmas or birthday cards don’t get lost.
- Change of address request- Make sure you also tell the post office you are moving! Even if your friends and family send letters to your new home, the post office may route it back to the old address if you do not submit a change of address form. This is also important for any new internet equipment you may be receiving. You don’t want it to go your old address!