Setting Up Utilities & Services
A few weeks prior to closing, call the local utility companies to either transfer your current utilities and services or to initiate them at your new home. It is best to do this task in advance so services at your current residence cease the day of your move and are in place at your new residence the day of closing and move-in.
If you will be moving out of the service area, ask the utility companies to cancel service in your name. If you are remaining in the area, provide your new address and have your service transferred.
The main utilities to cancel or transfer include:
- Trash service
If you are moving into a condominium, townhome, or a community with an HOA, some of these utilities, such as garbage and water, may be included with your monthly dues. Check with the HOA or property management company to determine which services are provided, if any. These services will NOT need to be set up in advance, but should transfer to you via the HOA once the property is legally yours.
Other services to contact regarding your move are:
- Security/alarm service
Again, if you’re moving into a condo community, ask your new property management company if you are required to use specific service providers for any of the above services.
You will also want to cancel/transfer any newspaper or food deliveries as well as gardening, pool, or housecleaning services. We do suggest scheduling one final house cleaning service right after move-out as a courtesy for the next occupants. A certain level of cleanliness may also be a requirement if you are renting or leasing and wish to have your full security deposit refunded.
Remember to forward your mail on the USPS website. Mail forwarding lasts for one year but it is prudent to begin the process of updating your mailing address with all companies from whom you receive mail soon after you’ve moved.
Now that you’ve begun packing in earnest, scheduled your movers, and set up utilities at your new home, you should begin getting quotes for homeowners insurance (if you haven’t already done so). Remember, your lender will require that you obtain a homeowners insurance policy