What Utilities Should You Be Concerned With?
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.
Moving House Utilities: A Checklist
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 😉
Before You Move
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:
- Notify your current energy supplier. Ensure you do this at least 48 hours before your moving date. Inform them of your new address so that your final bill reaches you safely.
- Take a meter reading. This should be done on moving day. Keep this record safe in case there are disputes about your final bill.
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.
After You Move
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:
- Contact the current supplier. Working out who supplies your home is naturally the first step to consider regarding your utilities when moving house. Simply inform them that you have moved in and ask any pressing questions.
- Read the meters. From the moment you take ownership for a property, or from the beginning of your contract if renting, you are deemed responsible for the utilities. So that you are not overcharged transferring utilities when moving be sure to take an accurate initial reading.
- Find a better deal. It may be that you are not happy with your new home’s supplier. If that is the case, consider what other options are available to you.
Organising Your Water Supply
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.
What About Gas and Electricity?
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.
Gas and Electricity Providers
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.
- British Gas
- EDF Energy
- Scottish Power
- Scottish and Southern Electric
How to Find the Best Gas and Electricity Bill
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:
- Take a reading of your gas and electricity meter.
- Fill in your postcode on an online price comparison site. One or some of the following websites are a good place to start:
- Find the best deal in your area.
- Book a contract online or over the phone.
- Speak with your old supplier to let them know you will be switching, and pay any overdue balances and leave a forwarding address.
- Check when your utilities at your old place will be switched off, and when they will be activated at your new address.
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.
Sorting Out Your Internet
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! 😉