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: