Moving House Utilities Checklist

 

Moving house is said to be one of the most stressful things you can experience. Whilst it’s exciting to be starting a new chapter in your life, there are so many things to remember. As well as packing everything, sorting out finances and finding a reliable removal company, you also need to deal with the utilities such as gas and electric.

Get in Touch with Your Suppliers

Forgetting to deal with these companies can cost you money, so it is worth making sure they are not forgotten. Before you move, tell your current utilities suppliers that you are moving. This is particularly useful if you want to transfer their services to your new property. If you are on a fixed-term tariff, you could be charged for cancelling early which makes it even more vital to keep them informed.

Just before you shut the door on your old house for the final time, take meter readings. An accurate reading means you won’t be overcharged on the final bill and nor will you be paying for energy used by the new occupier of your old property.

In Your New Property

Again, take meter readings the minute you step into your new home to avoid being overcharged. Find out what sort of meters you have – are they prepaid or economy 7, for example? Find out who the current suppliers are as well.

If you are not sticking with your present gas and electricity suppliers, you should check out the competition and see what tariffs are available to make sure your energy bills are kept to a minimum.

Make sure you keep a record of your suppliers, meter readings and bills handy. You will need to be able to prove your readings in case there is any discrepancy. You could perhaps take a picture of the reading to keep on your phone.