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Carrying Place, ON
reply to GlassyMcPete

Re: Buying a new home but not going to move in right away

Agree with the comments about the accounts being transferred to your name as part of the closing of the sale. Consult your lawyer for details. They usually reconcile all utilities before the sellers are paid out. Eg: they pay their bills up to date, if any home heating fuel is involved (propane/oil) the tank is filled and you buy the full tank from the seller at current rates.
I would go into the house upon closing of the sale and turn off non essential circuits. eg heaters, well pumps etc. Anything that could mess up and cause mayhem in an unoccupied home.
One final thought is to consider your home insurance. An unoccupied home may or may not be covered. Perhaps weekend occupancy would be sufficient. Either way, it's best to be aware of your situation.