Hook up your utilities

These are some of those annoying tasks no one thinks about doing ahead of time but is crucial, especially if you want the TV, internet—and electricity—working the day you move in.

Call now to hook up your utilities! Make sure you get the gas and electric changed into your name. You’ll also want to call your TV and internet provider ASAP because you’ll probably need to set up an appointment with them to come out and install service, and it can sometimes take weeks to get the appointment.

You’ll also need to arrange for the water, trash and sewer bills to be changed into your name. Have all of the utilities start on the day of closing.

You can find contact information for many utility providers on the Real Estate Resources page of