set up utilities

Moving is an exciting – yet stressful – time.  In the middle of all of the excitement, it’s easy to forget to transfer or set up utilities. It’s critical for both buyers and sellers to address this item in advance of closing.

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’re here to help transfer or set up utilities!

  1. First, make a list of which utility companies you need to contact and get their information in the list below.
    • Buyers: Check the contract which will state what type of utilities are in each property. If you’re purchasing a condo, you only need to set up utilities you are responsible for. For example, if gas and water are included, you don’t need to call those companies.
  2. Contact the appropriate utility companies to transfer or set up utilities information. Arrange for the change of accounts to go into effect the date of your settlement. If there is a rent back, this would change to the last day of the rent back. Let your Realtor know once this is done.  
    • Sellers: The contract requires you to have these set up through those dates even if you are not living in the home.
    • Buyers: If you don’t set up your utilities in time, you will have to pay additional fees for them to come back out and set it up. It’s much simpler for them to transfer everything as of the close date to your name.
  3. Bookmark this page so you can easily access your utility information whenever you have an issue (cable outages, the smell of gas, etc).

ELECTRIC

VIRGINIA

Dominion Power  (888-667-3000)

DC & MARYLAND

Pepco (202-833-7500)

GAS

VA, DC & MD

Washington Gas (703-750-1000)

* Portions of VA & MD further outside of the Beltway are served by Columbia Gas

OIL HEATING

VIRGINIA

TJ Fannon & Sons  (703) 549-5700

DC & MARYLAND

Petro Home Services  (888-735-5651)

WATER

VIRGINIA

Alexandria City: American Water (703-549-7080)

Arlington County: Arlington County (703-228-6570)

Fairfax County: Fairfax County Water Authority (703-698-5800)

DC

WASA (202-354-3600)

MARYLAND

 WSSC (301-206-9772)

Please note: in the Washington, DC area, sewer services are included in your property taxes, meaning no work required on your part to set up your service!

TV, PHONE AND INTERNET

These items are not required to be set-up before you move into a new home. However, if you are the seller these should still be turned off by your settlement date.

***Serving parts of the Metropolitan DC area Verizon (800-837-4966). Click here to check Verizon service at your address.***

VIRGINIA

Alexandria City: Comcast    (703-823-3000)

Arlington County: Comcast  (703-841-7700)

Fairfax County/Falls Church: Cox Communications   (703-378-8411)

WASHINGTON DC

Comcast  (202-635-5100)

MARYLAND

Comcast  (301-424-4400)

SATELLITE TV

DirecTV   (855-246-8958) – existing customers click here.

Dish Network   (877-211-2419)

 

Don’t see your area or want to try to set up utilities all at once? Try All Connect Utilities.

The Goodhart Group is here to help you well past buying or selling your home.

We want to make your move as smooth as possible.

So as always, contact us if we can help you with anything related to your move or new home. We’re here to help and strive to be your Realtors for life.

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