Transferring Utilities Into My Name

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

As you've may have learned by going through inspections, negotiations, and piles of paperwork, buying a new home is all about the details. That's why it's crucial to figure out the details ahead of time so the big moving day goes smoothly! After all, no one wants to move across town (or even across the country) to a home with no running water or electricity.

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When should I transfer my utilities?

A few weeks before closing you should always contact the utility companies you will need in your new home. Some of your utilities may be served by your city or county, especially water, sewage, and garbage/recycling, so each of these may handle billing a bit differently.

Each company may have a lead time to deactivate/activate their services so write each of these dates in your calendar and plan accordingly. You'll want to have crucial utilities like electricity and water running in your new home at least one day prior to your move.

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Your utilities may include electricity, gas, oil, water, sewer, septic, garbage collection, recycling, security system, phone, cable, and Internet service. 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.

Quick note: In most locales, your utilities are required to be put in your name effective your closing day. 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.

How much does transferring utilities cost?

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. If you paid for utilities in your old home, make sure you take care of any overdue bills and collect any refunds and deposits that you might leave behind. Make sure you hang on to your latest bills in case you need to dispute an issue with one of your utility companies.

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And though it's not technically a utility, make sure your transfer your mail service too! After all, you don't want your new utility bills piling up unnoticed at your old address. Filling out a simple form on the USPS website is all you need to do, and usually you'll receive some bonus coupons for some moving-related services and home improvement stores too.

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