Learning how to change utilities when moving house can be stressful at the best of times. That is why Sirelo has put together this moving house utilities guide to take some of the weight of your shoulders. Work your way through this article to be one step closer to a stress-free move.
If you’re moving within the UK, the main types of utilities you need to concern yourself with are gas, electricity, water and internet.
Making sure to transfer your utilities when moving house is important for two reasons: firstly, so that you have electricity and internet in your new home…. kind of an essential we reckon, and secondly so that you don’t get landed with massive bills from your old property.
Researching how to change utilities when moving house is no easy task. At Sirelo, we are dedicated to making your move that little bit easier, and following this moving house utilities checklist is a pretty good start 😉
That’s right; get planning early, because there are a few bits and pieces to organise prior to your move to make sure changing utilities when moving house is not more complicated than it needs to be.
The things you need to consider are as follows:
Top tip! Are you on a fixed-term tariff? If so and you are concerned about changing utilities when moving house, note that there is often an ‘exit fee’.If this is the case, consider sticking with your existing supplier, and simply shifting the tariff to your new property, if at all possible.
Once you are settled into your abode, there are a few bits and bobs to organise when it comes to setting up gas and electricity in a new home. This includes the following:
In the UK you are typically restricted to the water company that operates in your area. But fear not! Although water companies offer different tariffs, they are all regulated to ensure customers have a fair deal.
UK water bills comprise two charges: one charge for the water you consume, and another charge for the treatment of sewerage and waste water. Find out more about the water supplier in your area online.
As gas and electricity is privatised in the UK, knowing how to transfer utilities when moving house on this front is slightly more complicated. Feeling like moving has burnt a hole through your wallet? Generally, you can combine your gas and electricity deal with the same company to save on changing utilities when moving house.
If you feel at a loose end and are not sure where to start, we don’t blame you! Explore the following top six gas and electricity companies in the UK.
Want to know how much it costs to move utilities? While we wish we could provide a simple answer, like most expenses associated with moving, it is not that black and white. That being said, there are ways to find deals to ensure switching utilities when moving house does not break the bank.
Follow these simple steps to get the most savings if you decide to switch:
Tip! Note that most companies require you to sign a contract of at least 1-2 years, but it is often possible to find deals which offer the first few months free to customers switching utilities when moving house.
Last but by no means least, we imagine that organising your internet services is on your moving house utilities to-do list. The first thing to decide is whether you want to switch to a new broadband provider or stick with your current one. If you’re still only part way into a 12 or 18 month contract, then it normally makes the most sense to stick with them and simply move your existing contract to your new address. This is because you will normally receive heavy penalties and be made to pay the cost of the remaining months you committed to.
Tip! If you decide to stay with your provided, make sure that switching addresses won’t start a new minimum term contract.
You may also want to consider if there are better broadband options at your address. You can use broadband checkers to see what is available at your address and what speeds and prices. A few examples of internet providers are:
We hope this article has provided some clarity on the ins and outs of how to change utilities when moving house. While this is one cost associated with moving, if you are concerned about other aspect of your move, check out the articles we have linked for you below. For the meantime, try to relax! I know this is easier said than done, but a calm mind is the first step to a calm move; you got this! 😉