It’s crucial to make phone calls for your utilities long before your closing. Have your gas, electricity, water and trash services transferred to your name. If you live within Colorado Springs city limits, it’s likely that Colorado Springs Utilities provides gas, electricity, and water to your home. Sometimes an HOA will cover trash services, so check your documents for more information.
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It can take a few weeks to have cable and internet service providers come out for installation. Make sure to call ahead if you would like these appointments to fall shortly after closing.
- Schedule a locksmith to change your locks on closing day or the day after. You never know who still has a spare key to your new home.
- If you’re planning to have an alarm system installed, this is also the time to schedule them for the day of closing or day after. Check with your insurance company to see if they have partnerships with alarm companies in your area.
- Consider installing a Ring doorbell shortly after you move in. It provides a camera and intercom that rings straight to your phone. You can see who is at your door even when you’re not home and speak to them. It also keeps recordings of movement and people who ring your doorbell.
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Be sure to cancel all of your utilities services (electric, gas, water, cable, internet, phone, trash) or transfer them to your new home if you are moving within Colorado Springs. You should request that all services be taken out of your name on the day of closing. If there is a seller post-closing leaseback, the seller is usually responsible for utilities expenses.