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When Should you Transfer Utilities on a House in a Real Estate Transaction?


Have you ever wondered when and how to deal with the transfer of utilities during a real estate transaction? Well, it might not be the most thrilling part of buying or selling a house, but it’s super important to get it right. In this blog post, we’re going to explore when you should handle the transfer of utilities in a real estate deal.

What’s Utility Transfer?

Before we dive into when you should do it, let’s understand what utility transfer means. It’s like passing the responsibility for services like water, gas, and electricity from the person selling the house to the person buying it. This is a big deal because you don’t want to move into a new house and find out there’s no water or electricity, right?

When to Transfer Utilities

So, when should you transfer utilities? The magic number here is about two weeks before the closing date. Closing is the day when the new owner officially gets the keys to the house. Doing it two weeks ahead is like giving enough time for the utility companies to get everything sorted out.

For Sellers:

If you’re selling a house, it’s crucial to get a final meter reading right before the closing date. This helps avoid fights about who pays for what after the house is sold. You should also remember to cancel or transfer other services related to the home, like lawn care, home warranty, and security systems. It’s all about making sure everything is neat and tidy for the new owner.

For Buyers:

If you’re the one buying a house, you don’t want to move in and suddenly realize you have no water or electricity. So, contact the utility companies well ahead of time. Make sure that all the utilities will be in your name starting from the day of closing. That way, you won’t be left in the dark or without a hot shower when you move in.

Real Estate Agents

Real estate agents play a really big role in all of this. They help communicate these steps to the buyers and sellers. This is super important because it prevents any mess-ups with the utility services and keeps everyone happy.


So, in a nutshell, transferring utilities is a crucial step in the home buying or selling process. While it might not be the most exciting part, doing it the right way and on time can make your move to your new home super smooth. It’s like the secret ingredient for a great start to homeownership.

And if you’re hungry for more real estate knowledge, check out this video here for some expert insights. Happy home buying or selling!

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