Transferring Utilities Into My Name

How do I transfer utilities into my name prior to closing?

A few weeks before closing you should always contact the utility companies you will need in your new home. These may include the power, water, gas, sewer, cable, internet, phone, garbage, etc. Ask your agent to provide you a list of applicable utilities if you are unsure. They can help you locate the contact information for each of the service providers.

You may be required to pay a deposit to the power, gas or other utility companies depending on your credit history, payment track record or local rules. So check with them ahead of time to make sure you have enough money set aside for these expenses.

Quick reminder: Your utilities are required to be put in your name effective your closing day in most locales. Check with your real estate agent with any questions... especially if you are relocating from another state or city. They are happy to help you research the nuances of the local utility providers.

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