Moving home can be an arduous process. With lots of factors to think about before, during and after the big move-in day, the excitement can be lost pretty quickly. A new home is a fresh start, so sorting out your contracts and the transfer of all your belongings to your new property can be outsourced so you can focus on the fun stuff, without any massive expenses. So let’s take a look at two main issues to consider when moving: your contracts, and organising moving vans.
What happens to my energy supply?
Good question! Lots of people don’t consider their energy supply when moving house and end up switching suppliers a few months in. This is all well and good, since you will automatically be contracted with a deemed tariff. But what does this mean, and is it any good? Well, when you move to your new home, the property will be powered up by whoever the previous residents of the property chose as their energy supplier. Unfortunately, this means that you will be transferred to a pretty expensive default tariff. In spite of the Energy Price Cap, they are certainly on the higher end of the price range.
What if I’m renting a property?
What you have to do depends entirely on who is in charge of your energy bills in your rental property. If your landlord takes care of your utilities and integrates the cost into your monthly rental payment, then you can sit back and relax. If, however, your tenancy agreement outlines that you must organise your gas and electricity supply, then take the same steps that we outline below. Also, a word of warning: you don’t organise your bills despite being contractually responsible, and it causes any damage to the property as a result, such as frozen pipes, then you will be liable to pay for it. Check out Ofgem’s guide to tenants’ rights to make sure you know what you are liable for.
If you don’t like the energy plan that your landlord has chosen for the property, you can always bring it up with them. But, if you signed the tenancy agreement knowing this information, this might be tricky.
Switch suppliers for the best rate!
With so many different tariffs from so many different suppliers on the market, you should take some time to consider who is best for you. Think about your average energy supply, your priorities when it comes to environmental tariffs, etc. Now you know who you want to provide you with energy, and under what plan, you can start making necessary arrangements.
While you can’t switch suppliers before you move-in day, you will still need to notify your supplier when you move home. Do this at least 48 hours before you leave. You will receive a final bill which you should settle quickly to avoid any late payments and complications.
Have you packed your bags?
Arranging furniture, decorating and simply starting your new life in your new home isn’t possible without some help moving all your things. A move-in, van rental company will almost definitely be necessary if you are moving everything you own from one property to another. Entrusting a company with your things is a big deal, so it’s really important to compare prices and services from all local ‘man with a van’ companies. Check out online reviews and ask for a quote. Our service at Find My Man and Van is secure, safe and easy to use, allowing you to worry about one less thing on your big day.
Don’t forget that these companies are here to help, so try to make their job easier by distributing weight around boxes and bags. They’ll have to lift all your things, and it’s a big task! So think wisely about how you’re packing. Also, remember that you’ll have to unpack everything, too. Making sure that you know where you put things, so you don’t have to take a thousand trips up the stairs, will save you a lot of time.