What should I do to make sure the utilities are changed once the property is transferred?

Updated March 13, 2023.

Once the closing date has been established, the seller should contact the utility company and advise them to terminate their service in the seller’s name as of the date of closing and the buyer should contact the utility company to request the service be transferred to the buyer’s name as of the date of closing. If this is done substantially simultaneously, there is usually no additional service charge to transfer the service account which would otherwise be charged to the buyer if the seller were to terminate the service and the buyer were to thereafter request new service to the property.

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