Should I Leave Utilities On When My Home is Listed?

This article authored by: Catherine Hallberg

Handsome plumber looking at sink holding clipboardMany times a homeowner will want to discontinue the water, gas and electricity on their home if they aren’t living there. As that’s an added expense, it makes sense.

However, there are good reasons to keep everything running. Prospective buyers may want to see the home in the evening or on an overcast day. They can’t view it well without light. It also creates a safety risk if there are steps involved. Also the AC should be left on, but can be turned to 80 degrees to keep bills down and buyers from roasting.

Tucson has a dry, hot desert climate. If the water is off, there’s a great possibility all of those colorful plants and shrubs will die. Water can be turned off at the house and the irrigation left running.

When a home goes under contract part of the terms are that all utilities must be on for the duration of the transaction. If everything is off, it can take several days to get all utilities up and running, which cuts into the buyer’s inspection period. Some utility companies charge a reconnect fee as well.

We’ve had a very brisk market this year with lots of demand and relatively low inventory to show. If your home is priced right it shouldn’t be on the market long. The relatively small savings gleaned from discontinuing service  isn’t worth the aggravation or cost of turning the utilities  back on.

Show your home in its best light by leaving the lights on!


Rob and Catherine Hallberg are Associate Brokers with Long Realty, a Berkshire-Hathaway Affiliate and Southern Arizona’s largest Brokerage. Since 2008, they have been ranked in the top 5% to 8% of all U.S. REALTORS®. Send Rob and Catherine an email for a fast response to your questions; for an even faster response, Call (520) 407-8667

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