Home buying is an exciting and memorable experience filled with many decisions and details, from choosing the right home to signing all the paperwork. But one important step that’s often forgotten or overlooked during the rush of prepping for closing is making plans to connect utilities.
There are a couple of reasons why this should be done ahead of time, including:
- Ensuring a smooth transition into your new home, with no interruption in services.
- Avoiding any penalties or late fees for delayed setup of services.
To ensure your utilities are connected in time, it’s recommended that you contact local service providers at least one week before the closing date so there’s enough time to process the paperwork and connect your new home.
When connecting water, electricity, and gas to your new home, tell the provider you want the services transferred into your name when the seller calls to have them removed from their name.
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