Moving house, whilst exciting, is also possibly one of the most stressful things we have to do in life. It takes weeks of packing, planning and preparation, and then there’s all the unpacking and organization at the other end. With so much to think about, quite often some of the smaller details can easily slip the mind.
When it comes to moving house, utilities are frequently one of the things that we forget to consider until after actually moving. What many people may not realize is that neglecting to organize their gas, water and electricity supplies before moving can cost them money unnecessarily – and no one needs that extra expense and hassle in the middle of a move. Whether you’re renting or buying, by following the tips below, you can learn how to effectively organize your utility during a move, giving you one less thing to worry about.
Before You Move
The best way to organize your utility bills and avoid unwanted expenses is to start planning before your actual move date. Check the following off your list…
Inform your current supplier – it’s best to let your current water, gas and electricity suppliers know that you are moving before your actual move date. This comes in handy if you want to transfer your current supplier or tariff over to your new property. Also, you may be on a fixed term tariff, meaning you could be charged for early cancellation. You can find all this out by contacting your supplier.
Meter Readings – Set a reminder on your phone to take meter readings from your old property on the day you move. Having accurate readings can ensure that you won’t be overcharged on your final bill and also avoid paying for energy used by the new occupier who moves in to your old home.
Your New House
You made it! You’ve got all that unpacking to look forward to now… But, before you do, check off the following items…
It’s smart to also set a reminder in your phone for this as the whole move can be quite overwhelming that you may forget. Preferably before you unpack.
Meter Type – It’s useful to find out the type of meter.
What kind of meter – Some properties may have city heating or individual meters on the radiators.
Ensure you know which is what!
After the Move
When moving house, gas and electricity bills shouldn’t increase, but they often do. So, after you’ve figured out who your new supplier is and what type of meter you’ve got it’s time to find a new tariff and ensure your energy bills are kept to a minimum.
Running an energy comparison online can tell you instantly whether there’s a better deal out there.
We are happy to assist in this as well!
One of our partners, Easie Bespare, can assist you in finding out what meters you have and what needs to be arranged. They will find the best possible deal for you and are happy to arrange this on your behalf so you can focus on the more important stuff.