Whether it’s your energy, broadband or home phone, your supplier will need to be told; they can then provide advice about what happens next. Aim to give them as much notice as possible – a couple of weeks at least.
In most cases, you can take your existing packages with you. You’ll need to check with your supplier if you’ll need any additional equipment at your new place – such a satellite dish; otherwise, moving home is a great opportunity to find a better deal.
Bear in mind that if you do decide to change internet supplier when you move, they may charge you an exit fee, if you’re still in contract with them at the point of switching. They may also charge you a cessation fee for closing down your existing line. So you will need to factor these into any potential savings you may make from switching suppliers when moving.
When it comes to energy, before you move out of your old home, take a meter reading and give it to your existing supplier. That way, you can be sure of only paying for the energy you’ve used when your final bill comes.
Similarly, when you get to your new house, take a meter reading and pass that on to the provider that supplies the property – it means you won’t end up paying for energy used by the previous owners. Your new home’s existing supplier will put you on their default ‘standard variable rate’ tariff until you decide what you want to do – but it’s best to make a decision quickly because these tariffs tend to be their most expensive.
One last thing about moving home – don’t forget your home insurance – you’ll need building insurance from the day you exchange contracts (not from when you move in). Find out more in our guide to Home insurance when buying a new house.