Planning a smooth-sailing moving day can be insignificant when you think about how you are going to deal with your utilities at your new home. Moving to a new place can be daunting but much more so with the details you have to take care of once you are arrive at your new home and let's just say that where to place the grandfather clock is the least of your worries.
Because you really do not know anyone in your new location, it can even be more of a problem to determine which electricity retailer to go to get the power up and running in your new home. It is always best to give your chosen retailers time to connect your electricity but if you leave it too late, you can incur additional fees and charges. It may be prudent to note that if your property is a new home, it can take up to 20 days for the power to be connected so the first thing you need to do is make sure the builders have already connected the electricity meter before you move in.
The next step is finding the best electricity retailer which you can try finding yourself by individually contacting every retailer in the area or you can conveniently process a connection using a moving company that will offer to connect not just your electricity but also your internet, TV, phone and water services.
You can usually find these moving companies online and what they will do is provide you with a list of reputable providers in the area and then check when you need your electricity to be connected. It is good to note that connections are normally made during the weekdays and that additional charges may apply if you request weekend connections.
To choose your preferred providers, you simply enter your postcode and a list of reputable providers in your area will come up. You can browse each one and choose the plan and provider you like and then provide these details along with your complete address and NMI number so that the moving company can arrange the connection for you. You can even get your electricity connected in as fast as the next day after you move in as long as you put in your request within the specified cut-off times.
If you prefer to do the arrangements yourself, then the first step is to arrange for a meter reading on moving day and then give your provider your new address so they can send you a final bill. Next, go online and do a search on all the reputable providers within your new area or use comparison sites to find out which providers offer competitive rates for switching. You will also need to take meter readings on your new property when you move on to give to your new provider.
When signing up with your new provider, give them your current address, as well as the meter readings from your new home and the date you moved in. Remember that it takes six to eight weeks to switch to a new provider so to make the transition smoother, take a meter reading on the date of the switch and give this to both your old and new suppliers. Note that you do not need to inform your old provider of the switch as your new provider will inform them of the change.