Before moving, don’t forget to change your utilities and mailing address.

Today I am excited to present part nine of my homebuyer series, which is all about turning on utilities and transferring your mailing address. These are important steps, but a lot of people forget about them. 

Turning on new utilities and putting them in your name is something I always try to remember to tell my clients because when I bought my first home when I was 25, no one told me about this. When you’re a renter, utilities are sometimes included, and often something that you don’t even think about, so this step is easily forgotten. 

Some companies, like eXp Realty, have a concierge service that will help coordinate all of your utilities, cable, internet, phone, and more, while also offering you discounts. No matter which avenue you take, make sure to turn on your utilities.

“These are important steps, but a lot of people forget about them.”

In addition, go to your local post office or go here to enter your new address. You should switch your mailing address and turn on utilities in your name about a week before closing. Avoid ending up in a three-day weekend with no running water! 

Lastly, you should budget for deposits in case your utility companies require them. Whether you’re a first-time user or you’ve used them in the past, you may have to pay a deposit, so make sure that you are prepared for that.

Stay tuned for part 10: Reviewing the settlement statement. If you have any questions, reach out to me at I look forward to hearing from you!