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Setting Up Utilities in Germany: A Guide for Newly Moved-In Individuals

A Guide for PCS Families in the Kaiserslautern Military Community

Introduction

Moving into a new home in Germany involves several key steps, with setting up utilities being among the most crucial. This guide will help you navigate the process of transferring utility services into your name, introduce you to major providers, and explain how to manage payments effectively.

 

Option 1: Pre-Arrival LTR Search

During your walkthrough (move-in date) with your realtor, your realtor will photograph and record all utility meters (gas, electricity, water, oil) and share them with you. These initial readings are essential for establishing your utility accounts once you visit your property providers. Consult with your realtor to obtain a tailored list of utility providers specific to your new home.

 

Major Utility Providers in Germany

Electricity Providers

  • SWK: Contact via swk.de, or phone +49 800 797 39 00.
  • Pfalzerke: Reach them at pfalzerke-energie.de or +49 6341 289 0.
  • Stadwerke Landstuhl: Visit stadwerke-landstuhl.de or call +49 6371 923 0.

Gas Providers

  • SWK: For gas services, visit swk.de or call +49 800 797 39 00.
  • Stadwerke Landstuhl: Contact at stadwerke-landstuhl.de or +49 6371 923 0.
  • Stadwerke Ramstein: Visit staderke-ramstein.de or call +49 6371 598 0.
  • Pfalzgas: Contact via pfalzgas.de or +49 6232 625 0.
  • Stadtwerke Homburg GMBH: 06841 694 230. (may also provide other utilities). kundenservice@stadtwerke-homburg.de.

 

Internet Service

  • Telecom: Visit telecom.de or call +49 800 330 1000.
  • TKS: Inquiries at mytks.com or +49 631 3522 499.
  • TKS Shop: For direct assistance, call 06371-8024958. Open M-S: 10:00-19:00, Sun 10:00-18:00.

 

Additional Provider

CommShop: For phone/internet, call 06371 60753. Hours are M-S: 10:00-19:00, Sun 10:00-18:00.

 

Process of Setting Up Utilities

Use the initial meter readings to register with utility providers in your area. Utilities run continuously, and the payment responsibility shifts to you once these readings are registered. Sign up for services using these readings as your billing cycle’s starting point.

 

Additional Assistance from Realtors

Your realtor can provide more detailed information specific to your property, advising on relevant utility companies based on your location and property type.

Payment Responsibilities and IBAN Account

Utility payments become your responsibility from the moment you share the meter readings. An IBAN (International Bank Account Number) account is essential for paying utilities and rent in Germany, simplifying regular payments.

 

Conclusion

Setting up utilities is an integral part of making your new house in Germany feel like a home. With accurate meter readings, consultation with your realtor, and using this guide, you can ensure a smooth transition. An IBAN account is key for efficiently managing monthly expenses.

Navigating utility setup in a new country can be daunting, but this guide aims to make the transition into your new German home as smooth as possible.