Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery Counties Real Estate. Tips for home buyers, home sellers by Gita Bantwal,Realtor at Re/Max Centre Realtors.: Home Seller FAQ. Now that the home is under contract, can I shut off the electricity?

Home Seller FAQ. Now that the home is under contract, can I shut off the electricity?

There are foreclosed homes that are winterized and this post is not meant for REOs. They have their own rules and policies.

I am writing this for home owners who may have relocated or investors selling a vacant home .

Once the home is under contract, there will be a home inspection . The utilities should be on for the inspections.

Most townships require a occupancy permit. They may need the heat and electricity to be on.

The buyer is going to do a final walk through and will want to check out everything.

If there is no heat, the pipes may freeze. (unless winterized)

 One very important thing to remember is:  If you have a sump pump that runs on electricity, and there is no electricity , your basement will get flooded if there is too much  Rain.

You can  have a timer for the lights and keep the electricity on.

 

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 18 commentsGita Bantwal • June 14 2017 12:20AM

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Keep the power on until the buyer takes possession.maintain the house in it's present condition.

Posted by Peter Mohylsky, Your Bucket List Broker in Destin, Fl.. (BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE) 3 months ago

I had a seller client ask me if they could turn off the electricity now that they had an accepted offer. NOOOOOO..... was my response.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 3 months ago

Great reminders about why not to turn off utilities to save a few pennies, Gita.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) 3 months ago

Excellent advice, Gita.  People should not jeopardize the sale of their homes to save a few dollars.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 3 months ago

Good morning, Gita Bantwal shutting off power is a dangerous thought....when one least expects it, power is needed to prevent damage....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 3 months ago

Gita, this is never a good idea, and the electric bill can't be that high if the home is vacant.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 3 months ago

Gita - the cost is negligible and the risks make it important to keep the electricity and utilities on.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 3 months ago

Peter, I agree.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 3 months ago

Kat, I hope sellers will read this post.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 3 months ago

Nina, thanks for reading

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 3 months ago

Gabe, it may cost them more than a few dollars if something goes wrong.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 3 months ago

Barbara, I agree.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 3 months ago

Joan, thanks for the comment.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 3 months ago

Grant, thank you.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 3 months ago

This is important advice to share with home sellers.

Have an outstanding week.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 3 months ago

Roy, thank you.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 3 months ago

What a great reminder to home sellers Gita Bantwal I always tell my sellers don't turn off utilities until the day of closing.  

Posted by Abby Stiller, Real estate agent serving SWFL. (Premier Realty Homes of SWFL) 3 months ago

Abby, good advice

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 3 months ago

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