1) Notify the Electric company of your closing date.
Electric: PP&L - 1-800-DIAL-PPL or Lehighton Borough 610-377-4004
*Electric can just be transferred; call with address and closing date
2) Choose a heating company (if your property is heated by oil or propane). If it is winter, it's usually a good idea to schedule the oil or propane company to make a delivery on the settlement date after settlement as there is no guarantee of how much oil/gas will be in the tank when you close.
Propane - If the seller has rented tanks, many companies will choose to leave the tanks with hopes that the new owner will choose them as a supplier. So give a few companies a call and compare rates and set up the "swap" of tanks if you are changing companies. Remember, any remaining fuels on the property at time of settlement belong to you, the buyer. I can find out who the seller has been using - just remind me if I haven't already told you.
Oil - oil tanks are not rented and get transferred with the house - you only need to choose the company. Here are a few local companies. Of course, you can choose to use the company the seller has been using as well.
***for all types of local contractors/businesses check out www.Porch.com
3) Other Utilities
Phone - Verizon
Water/Sewer/garbage - township or borough (see below) - these accounts are often automatically changed over when you do the moving permit (see below) or when the title company notifies them for a final reading.
4) Almost all of the townships and local boroughs require moving permits when you are moving in OR out of the area. These permits usually cost under $5.00.
Here are some common townships/borough contact info:
Mahoning Township 570-386-4002 www.mahoningtownshiponline.com
Franklin Township 610-377-1773 www.franklintownshipcarboncounty.com
East Penn Township 570-385-5735 eastpenntownship.tripod.com
Lehighton Borough 610-377-4004 www.lehightonborough.com
Penn Forest Township 570-325-2768 pennforesttownship.org
Weatherly Borough 570-427-8640 www.weatherlypa.gov
Freeland Borough 570-636-1733 www.freelandborough.com
Lower Towamensin 610-826-2522 www.lowertowtwp.com
Towamensing Township 610-681-4202 www.towamensingtownship.com
Bowmanstown Borough 610-852-2289 www.bowmanstownborough.tripod.com
Palmerton Borough 610-826-4055 www.palmertonborough.com
Jim Thorpe Borough 570-325-2054 www.jtborough.org