In our residential real estate contract for the State of Texas utilities are only mentioned once. According to the real estate contract, the seller is obligated to have utilities turned on for the buyer’s inspections of the house. After the buyers have completed their inspections, the sellers can if they so desire have the utilities disconnected. Spring Texas home sellers are under no contractual obligation to have the utilities turned on through the closing date.
If you have already moved on and your Spring Texas house is sitting empty, you are probably thinking about immediately disconnecting your utilities. Why not? It will save you money and it’s just one less thing you have to do later. It’s understandable especially during the hot summer months, when our electricity bills look more like car payments than utility bills.
But what if the sale of your Spring Texas house doesn’t go through because one of a half dozen reasons that can and do go wrong in a residential real estate transaction. If that happens, you will once again be on the phone calling the gas, water, and electricity companies to reestablish service. What a huge waste of time plus you have to pay those reconnect fees.
My recommendation is to wait until your house closes and funds before you call the utility companies to disconnect service. Yes, it will cost you a few extra dollars to leave them on. But it will be better than the hassle you will have to deal with if you have to turn them back on due to your Spring Texas house not closing.
Jill Wente is a phenomenal realtor!!! She recently sold our home that had been a difficult listing. Not only... read moreJill Wente is a phenomenal realtor!!! She recently sold our home that had been a difficult listing. Not only would I not sell a home with any other realtor, I would not buy a home with anyone else. Why? Jill is a Five Star realtor. One has to perform at the top of their profession on a consistent and lengthy basis to receive such a designation. Jill has done so and received this award year after year after year. At our meet and greet get together she offered two transformative suggestions for our home. She continued to propose ideas that led to the sale of our home. Her work ethic was exceptional. She held open houses very frequently. She even picked up leaves when I was busy on another task for a showing. Jill is a wonderful person that really cares about selling your house. Her advice with negotiations and closing was all we could ask for and resulted in us getting our asking price. Trust her. We did and could not be happier. read less