These are all items that should be completed prior to your closing.
HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE: After receiving bank loan approval, arrange for your homeowner's insurance. A binder or policy will be required at closing. If escrowing for insurance, the lender will need to know your annual premium amount several days prior to closing, as well as have the lender listed on your policy as a loss payee.
Call to transfer utilities and pay deposits.
Be sure that the utilities are in your name on the day of closing to avoid hook up charges and/or damages due to a non-functioning pump or frozen pipes.
Arrange for phone installation, trash, and cable hook-up
Century Link: 800-244-1111
Ankeny Sanitation: 515-964-5229
Waste Management: 515-265-5267
Metro Waste Authority: 515-244-0021
Artistic Solid Waste (Recycling): 515-262-4040
Iowa One Call- Call before you Dig: 800-292-8989