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Old 10-11-2010, 02:42 AM
 
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Dear Friends,

Firstly, thank you all for the responses and opportunities about the town which is better to live near Princeton. At last, we rented a house in Lawrence Square Village by following your suggestions.

Now, we are feeling very messy because we have an empty house

Do you know anything about which procedures or paperworks that should be sone for water, cable, internet, heat etc. should be done and how?

We need your knowledge because this is our first time in USA.

Thanks a lot for your kindly help..
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:30 AM
 
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The first thing you need to do is double check your lease. Even if you are responsible for all utilities, landlords will generally keep the water/sewer in their name and pass the bill through to you to pay. Generally these cannot be put in a tenants name as they are "lienable" bills, which means if they aren't paid the utility can place a lien or bill against the residence. If this is the case, you will just get a bill in the mail or from the landlord and you don't need to do anything.

When it comes to things like electric and gas you need to find out who your provider is. I think that area is under PSE&G. You need to call them and let them know you are the new tenant and the date you moved in. They will then place the service in your name and you will get bills from them directly to you for the service.

When it comes to cable/TV/internet, you have several choices. The most common providers are Comcast and Verizon. Comcast definitely provides all three services in your area as a "bundle". You need to check with Verizon as FIOS may also be available in your area and that service is also a "bundle" of all three together. Many people feel that FIOS through Verizon is better than Comcast. You can call both or shop online, order the services you want and they will come out and install everything and bill you monthly.

The other side of TV/phone/internet is whether or not you would want satellite TV. Then you are looking at DirecTV or Dish Network. Double check your lease or call the landlord as many landlords won't allow you to install a satellite dish on the premises. If you do go with satellite you will need to get internet and phone from either Comcast or Verizon. One bonus for satellite is that you may be able to get a TV package that includes channels from your native country. For instance, a friend of mine is Russian and with their satellite package they get all the Russian TV stations as well as the U.S. ones.

Here are some links:

-:: PSEG - we make things work for you ::-

Comcast Official Site | High-Speed Internet, Cable, Phone Service Provider

Verizon | Landing (http://www22.verizon.com/content/verizonglobalhome/ghp_landing.aspx - broken link)
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:24 AM
 
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It would probably be best to talk with the leasing office. They can tell you exactly what you need to have set up.
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:30 AM
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And along with Comcast and Verizon, you can probably also compare Cablevision for TV, Phone & Internet.

Manderly6 is probably right ... when I first leased here in North Brunswick, the leasing office gave us a folder with ALL the contact info we needed so that we could set this stuff up. It was very helpful.

Congrats on the apartment and your "landing" here in the states.
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:45 AM
 
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Thanks a lot
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:21 AM
 
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I would definitely go with one of the providers that offer cable/phone/internet. It will make your life a bit easier to have them all under the same company.

Although with saying that I'm not sure who offers the best international phone service. You may want to do that one seperately if there is a big difference.
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