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How long does it take to get utilities turned back on in a vacant short sale/forclosed home?

This home is short sale, we are the buyers. All was on for inspection, but upon appraisal the electrical was off. No one is living in it. 
I left a message for my realtor to call me back and let me know. 

Just curious, how long has it taken in your experience to have electricity turned back on?
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Depending in the area you are in, and the specific situation with the utility service company, more than trying to find out how long it would take to turn the electricity back on, make sure your inspection period does not expire before you can complete the inspection and if it is about to expire make sure an extension to perform the proper inspection is prepared.
  • October 29 2011
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It all depends on the company.  You need to contact the utility companies and place an order.

The title search should have shown all liens, even by utility companies, so they should all be paid and you shouldn't have any problem getting them on.  Most companies are there the next day or so.  Some of them will require a deposit if you have not have service in the area, most of them run a credit check.
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I thing it depends on your location. Most forclosed properties by me already have the utilities on, there just in the listing brokerages name until close. EXCEPT for HUD listings, there always off and winterized, even in mid summer.
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That all depends. Some cities Public Utilities Dept. require a copy of the new deed to verify ownership before returning services. Also, for instance Tacoma PUD requires any home that's been without electrical service for longer than a certain amount of time to undergo an  inspection from a city engineer and then they require all items not to code to be brought into compliance prior to returning service. If there's unpaid liens or even just an unpaid account it will likely have to be brought current. Very complicated question and each situation is unique with no definitive answer unless someone researches the address.
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