Transferring utilities is something ost people forget when all of the other aspects of moving and buying a house are at the front of their minds.
You will want to schedule these utility moves for the day of closing. Both water and electric need to get a final meter reading. Usually there is an exterior water reader, H20 Water sent via radio waves, but Duke Energy usually needs to get into the house in the Hyde Park areas, in the older homes. They will tell you on the phone if this is the case, and we will need to arrange to have a door left open for them (they also often have keys to the side basement doors). This is the best way to handle it. They only give service windows from 8-4 and that is impractical for most people to wait that long. So, if you are a seller, arrange to have the door open on the transfer day. If you are the buyer, and Duke tells you they need access, tell them the door will be left open (if they don't have their own key) and CALL ME to inform me and I will call the seller’s agent to make sure we have the door open!
The Gas and Electric Company, Duke Energy, can be reached at 421-9500. They will need to get a call from the seller of the house saying they are moving, and then they can allow the buyer to input their info and take on the bill. Don't cut it off, just transfer. It costs the people moving in more money if you turn it off. The best thing to do is to transfer.
The Cincinnati Water Works can be reached at 591-7700. They can usually read this from outside.
These are the most important to your move, having lights, AC or heat and water! You can handle cable/internet and phone once you are there. As for a Security System, you must have a land line in your house in order for any security system that I know of to work, as it has to be able to call the Police.
Let me know if you have any questions! This can be done in advance, so you don't forget or about a week prior to closing!
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