Are you a travel nurse who is in the process of looking for housing? If so, you may be wondering how to get cable, internet, and electric set up.
This can be a daunting task, but don’t worry – we’re here to help!
We will provide step-by-step instructions on how to get all of these services set up for your new home.
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How to Obtain Cable, Internet & Electric
The first step is to find out what cable providers are in your area. You can do this by going to the website of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. Once you have found a list of providers, you can then research each one to see which one would be the best fit for you. Typically, the management company of the housing can also provide insight on what cable providers are available.
You will also want to take into account things like price, channels offered, and any special features that each company offers. Once you have decided on a provider, you can then contact them to set up a service.
We personally enjoy using internet television providers such as Sling TV and Direct TV Now. Many cable packages are customizable depending on the channels that you want to see.
How to Set Up Cable Service
Once you have decided on a cable provider, you will need to contact them to set up a service. This process can vary depending on the provider, but typically you will need to provide your name, address, contact information, and form of payment.
You will also need to provide a date for when you would like the service to be installed. Most providers will offer same-day or next-day installation, but this may vary depending on your location and availability.
It is also important to note that you may need to have a credit check done in order to set up the service. This is typically a standard practice for all cable and internet providers.
It is also essential to inform the service provider, if you plan to use something outside of internet television, when you plan to discontinue service. You will want to follow up at the end of your lease to make sure you set up a date for services to be uninstalled or ask where you can return equipment once your time at the lease runs out.
Once your service is set up, you will then be able to start enjoying all of your favorite channels!
Getting Internet Services
The next step is to find an internet provider. Much like with cable, you will want to research different providers in your area to see which one would be the best fit for you. Again the management company can provide information on potential service providers in the area.
You will also want to take into account things like price, speed, and any special features that each company offers. Once you have decided on a provider, you can then contact them to set up a service.
It is important to note that many internet providers will require a credit check in order to set up the service. This is typically a standard practice for all internet providers.
In addition to hard-wired internet, there are also many mobile WiFI options available. This can be a great option if you are only in need of internet for a short period of time or if you plan on moving frequently.
Some mobile WiFi providers include Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Many of these providers also offer discounts for travel nurses if you ask and one is available.
How to Set Up Internet Service
Setting up your internet service closely follows how you would set up cable service. You will need to provide the same information to the internet service provider and may also need to provide your social security number for a credit check before the company releases services.
How to Obtain Electric Service
The process for obtaining electric service is similar to that of getting cable and internet, except there is little to no research that needs to be completed as only select providers provide electricity to select areas. I highly recommend reaching out to the management company to inquire which company provides electrical services to the area.
In some cases, you may be able to set up electric services through the same company that provides your gas if you live in an area that uses gas appliances/services.
It is important to note that you will need to have your social security number when you contact the provider, as a credit check is required for all electric companies.
The date of when you would like services to be installed will also need to be provided and, in some cases, a deposit may need to be paid before services are being turned on.
As with cable and internet, you will want to make sure you follow up at the end of your lease to ensure that you have a date set for when services are to be turned off.
How to prepare for your first day in your new home
As we all know, traveling to a new assignment can be daunting, and having to find housing with an utility setup can be even worse. It’s essential to have a plan moving forward from when you arrive to your destination.
You should always have the following list available when you are moving into your new accommodation.
- A list of what bills need to be paid and when they are due
- The name and contact information for your new landlords
- The name and contact information for your new utility companies
- When your lease begins and ends
- How to reach out to your new utility companies
- What type of housing you will be living in
If you are unsure about anything, don’t hesitate to ask your recruiter or the company you are working with for help. They will be more than happy to assist you and make sure you are comfortable!
We hope this guide was helpful in getting you prepared for your new adventure! Traveling doesn’t have to be as scary when you know what to expect.