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Louismott, Home Buyer in Windermere, FL

My tenant is moving out and I'm closing on my home 2 weeks later. Do I have to keep electricity and water on in the empty house? In Florida.

Asked by Louismott, Windermere, FL Wed Oct 23, 2013

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If your inspections are done then not required but electric would be a good idea to keep on to avoid musky smells and potential mold issues if its for too long!!
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Hello Louis. You don't have to keep on the electricity, but I would if I were you, especially since you live in Florida. If the air conditioning is kept on it will help keep out mold and mildew. You don't want any last minute surprises occurring during the final walk through.

Best of luck to you.

Nicole Marks Mason, Realtor
United Realty Group, Inc.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 24, 2013
Dear Louis Mott,

It would be in your best interest to keep the water on in your residence.
Kind regards,
Jen Sommers

Jennifer Susanne Sommers
Luxury Real Estate Specialist/Top 5 Producer
Nestler Poletto Sotheby's International Realty
200 East Palmetto Park Road, Suite 104
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Direct – 561-235-7777
Mobile/Text- 786-390-9299
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 24, 2013
You would be surprised the amount of buyers walking into empty homes and actually saying, someone must care about this place because they left the A/C on. Do you want to be one of those caring people?

No one wants to spend more than a few minutes in a hot smelly home...which reduces the chances of getting an offer.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 23, 2013

Most would advise you to leave the services in place for the two weeks prior to closing on your sale. The money saved would be minimal and would easily off set the expense of problems that could arise because of discontinuing the utility service.

Additionally, follow up inspections may require electricity and water service be active. What you would save just isn't worth the effort and risk.

Good luck,

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 23, 2013
Louis- You want the closing to go smoothly! For just a few dollars
you save yourself possible "headaches" from a
musty walk-through! Play to win! Don't "gamble" for
a few dollars! Have a Good Closing! Keep the power and Air

Bob Brubaker Highlight Realty Palm Beach County Fl. 561-876-6649
Web Reference: http://pbc-res.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 23, 2013
It's always a good idea to keep the a/c running in your south florida home. Mildew and mold like to go where there's no a/c. If they creep into your home before your close, you, as the owner, will be responsible for cleaning them up.

It' far less expensive to keep the electricity on. You can turn off the water, but if you do, you may want to turn off our hot water heater. If that tank becomes empty and the tank is on, the coils will burn themselves out.

Marc Jablon, the Jablon Team
Re/Max Complete Solutions
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As a seller you are required to maintain the integrity of the home until closing. With the humidity in Florida, it would be best to keep the AC on to keep the moisture out of the air. Or set the humidistat if you have one. Maybe try setting the temp between 80-85 so it only comes on only occasionally. It will use little energy and you will be doing your part to protect the home. There probably is no need for the water though. Be sure to flip the breaker off for the water heater.
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This is a question for your Realtor or attorney.
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