07 February 2018

New House Bills Checklist


There are so many things that you need to think about when it comes to moving house no matter if you are renting or buying -  from the location to the practicalities of actually moving. And the biggest thing, and often the most stressful, is the finances surrounding the move. The lead up consists of deposits, admin, travel and new items. And once you’re in you need to set up all your bills. You will have a house full of boxes waiting to be unpacked, a fridge to fill, and a host of other things to do, but your bills are one of the most important things to sort out. A few of them you should be able to set up to be active on moving day, but others might have to wait until you are already in the property.

Water--

When moving you will need to either contact your local water board, or wait for them to contact you. This process is pretty straightforward as you don’t need to shop around and your water won’t be cut off. You will often get a letter a couple of weeks after notifying them that you have moved into the property, with a bill of the water used up to this point, or they will lump that cost onto your first bills. Set up a standing order and you’re good to go.

Gas and Electric--

This bill is one that you can shop around for. You might want to keep going with the supplier already connected to the property or switch to the one you had before. However, in a new area, you might not be able to have the same supplier. Go online and look at a company, like Lumo Energy, and see what their prices and benefits are like and then compare it to another company. You might find that you are happy to pay a little more on the bill due to the benefits your receive.

Municipal Rates and Charges--

No matter where you live you will need to pay some sort of tax. The process is a simple one - all you need to do is to contact your local municipal and inform them of your recent move. You will then be able to set up a standing order, or, sometimes, be able to pay the bill in full.

Insurance--

Always shop around for insurance. And always make your home insurance a priority. New people in a home are often subject to robbery; all of your stuff is still in boxes and so are easy to move. Get contents insurance as soon as you’re in, or have it set to start on moving day. Use comparison sites like Canstar to find the best deal.

Internet and TV--

These two things are often lumped together as one bill, however you can have them supplied by separate companies if you find that it’s cheaper this way. Use a comparison site for these, but also do your research. It might be that some TV suppliers don’t cover certain areas, and some always include internet and line rental as part of the package. If you need a certain download speed, then shop for the best fibre optic in your area. Be prepared to pay an installation cost if you’re switching to a new supplier.

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