Moving homes is a hectic process, which usually costs us a little headache and a few forgotten or lost things. When you are trying to sort everything out with the moving service, new flat arrangements etc, it is really easy to overlook the utilities. Make sure you won’t stuck with unpaid bills or an extremely expensive tariff!
Things to do BEFORE moving out
Get in touch with your utility providers and let them know that you are moving out. You must give at least 48 hours notice. Bear in mind that there might be some cancellation fees, it is not a case of all suppliers, though. Your current provider may ask you if you wish to continue using their service in the new property. Don’t worry, you don’t have to decide on the spot, take some time to find out who supplies your new address with gas and electricity.
Read your most recent meters, forward it to your supplier and keep it written down with the exact date, in case there are any issues with the final bill. If you are not quite sure how to do it, take a look at our post on how to read meter readings.
Things to go AFTER moving in
Do you have everything set in your new property? It’s time to deal with utilities again!
You will need to contact the current energy supplier for your house or a flat and inform them about the change in the tenancy. Additionally, you should take the meter readings and report them to the supplier to avoid paying for previous resident’s utility bills. You can either take over the current settlements or find new energy, gas and broadband providers and conclude contracts with them.
Do not forget to check the tariff you are on. If you haven’t transferred your tariff from your last property, you will be most likely charged the standard tariff which is the most expensive one available. To avoid that situation, you should compare all tariffs on the market and look for the best deal.
Remember that you are responsible for the utilities in the property from the day you sing the tenancy agreement, even though you physically move in later in time.
Last but not least, don’t forget to cover the final bill charged to your old property!
Or leave it all in the hands of a trusted service
Switching your utility suppliers can be hassle free and easy if you use a trusted service. At One Utility Bill, we will take care of your bills arrangements between houses, leaving you enough time to focus on other things. The only thing you will have to do is provide us with the meter readings.
If you are interested, get in touch with us!