Make early arrangements to transfer your utility service. This way you are assured you will have everything ready on moving day - and eliminate a source of last minute stress.
Some utilities require more lead time than others to terminate service at your old residence and activate at the new. While the time required varies, you can use this checklist as a starting point.
One month or more before closing...
One to two weeks before closing...
If you receive automatic deliveries of heating oil or propane you should contact the supplier and terminate the service (and transfer the account to your new home if you still require deliveries).
While they are not, strictly speaking, utilities, any automatic delivery services (bottled water, pool suppies, etc.) you may use should be contacted 1-2 weeks in advance of your move to terminate deliveries or change the service to your new address.
Several days to one week before closing...
Contact the electric company and switch your account to the new address effective on the closing date (make sure you have electrical service at both locations on moving day).
Contact the gas company and switch your account to the new address effective on the closing date (make sure you have gas service in both locations on moving day).
Notify the water company several days before the closing.
Notify the sewer authority several days before the closing.
If you pay for private garbage pickup you should notify the service provider a few days before the closing. Even if you have public garbage service at your old location you may need to arrange for private pickup at the new house. Check it out - you don't want to end up without garbage service just after you move in. If you want to have a special pickup - either at the old address or the new - make the arrangements at least a week in advance.
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Don't forget to contact any utilities you have notified if your closing date is delayed for some reason. You don't want to have services cut off if you end up staying in your old home for a few days or weeks more than expected.