Set up utilities before closing

Everyone likes to have running water, electricity and garbage service when you move into your new home. If you’re under contract to buy a home and it’s about a week before closing… Now is the time to start calling all the utility companies you need to set up accounts with and get that ball rolling. If you don’t know what companies servicing the property ask your trusty real estate agent! To download a copy click here… Utility community contact information

The utility companies need to know what day you will be taking ownership and most of them will allow you to set up accounts in advance. Some of them will need to schedule appointments to come out and set up cable, the internet, etc. when a new service needs to be started so the sooner you can schedule this the better!

Some tips…

  • If you have a cable, TV, satellite or any other company coming out to run wires into your home try to be there and be VERY specific about where you want the wires run, ensure that they do a high-quality job trying to hide and secure the wires, ask them to go the extra mile and avoid drilling additional holes if there are already holes nearby. Installers will take a lot more care if they know they are being watched and that it is important to you.
  • Set up automatic payments where ever possible.
  • Puget Sound Energy or PSE provides electricity to all of Whidbey Island. You can sign up for a budget account that will take out the same exact amount every month throughout the year instead of having it based on what you used the last month which results in much higher bills in the winter months.

As usual, if you have any question or suggestions, do not hesitate to call or write me!

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