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    • Frances109
    • By Frances109 12th Jun 17, 2:39 PM
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    Energy Provider Help - First Time Buyer
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    • 12th Jun 17, 2:39 PM
    Energy Provider Help - First Time Buyer 12th Jun 17 at 2:39 PM
    Hi,

    I am currently in the process of buying a house and from where it is a repossession we have no way of finding out who the previous providers were.

    Who do we need to go to, to find out who the electric, gas and water is with? Does anyone know whether I need to stick with the old provider or what happens if there is an outstanding bill - sorry I'm a complete newbie and freaking myself out a bit!
    First time buyer!
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 12th Jun 17, 2:44 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 2:44 PM
    Outstanding bill? First job is note the meter readings the moment you buy / see the house. Take a photo as well, just in case

    You then have a start point

    Water supply is non negotiable, you only have Hobson's choice of local supplier, it will be same as all the neighbours

    You do not have to stick with same provider, but it may be convenient until you settle in
    • Frances109
    • By Frances109 12th Jun 17, 2:55 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 2:55 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 2:55 PM
    With the water supply do I just need to inform them that we have moved in and to get it reconnected? - Everything has been cut off!
    First time buyer!
    • footyguy
    • By footyguy 12th Jun 17, 3:29 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 3:29 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 3:29 PM
    With the water supply do I just need to inform them that we have moved in and to get it reconnected? - Everything has been cut off!
    Originally posted by Frances109
    You need to contact all the utility providers.
    I very much doubt any service has been cut off, but simply isolated.
    Your survey should have identified the exact position.

    If you don't know what you are doing, instruct a professional to turn on each supply. It's been isolated for a reason

    Speak to the estate agents who will assist you in buying your first home, and also to your solicitor who you will be paying a small fortune to, so get your money's worth

    BTW, you shouldn't be doing anything with the utilities until you complete...and you you haven't even exchanged yet
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.php?p=72665231&postcount=9193
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.php?p=72685953&postcount=9235

    you have no rights over the property at all. It could all still fall through. Ever heard of people being gazumped??
    Last edited by footyguy; 12-06-2017 at 3:39 PM.
    • Frances109
    • By Frances109 12th Jun 17, 3:50 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 3:50 PM
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    • 12th Jun 17, 3:50 PM
    Yes we are well aware of gazumping but I would much rather be over prepared and ready than under prepared!

    We will be instructing professionals to turn everything back on as the systems in the property have been completely drained for a good few months.
    First time buyer!
    • macman
    • By macman 12th Jun 17, 8:29 PM
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    Why pay someone to turn the supplies on again? You simply need to move the switch or lever accordingly for each service-a few seconds work.
    Then record meter readings and register for each supply with the provider.
    No free lunch, and no free laptop
    • victor2
    • By victor2 12th Jun 17, 8:37 PM
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    Why pay someone to turn the supplies on again? You simply need to move the switch or lever accordingly for each service-a few seconds work.
    Then record meter readings and register for each supply with the provider.
    Originally posted by macman
    It's not that simple though is it? Especially with gas.
    You need a Gas Safe registered engineer to turn the gas on, check for leaks and purge air from the system. Very simple job for them to do with the right equipment, but not a DIY job.
    • dogshome
    • By dogshome 13th Jun 17, 7:56 AM
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    It's important you establish who the Gas & Elec suppliers are and it's unlikely the EA will not know.

    Google "Who supplies my Gas & Electricity" - This will give you the phone numbers for National Data Base for gas meters and the Regional one for the Electric meter, who can tell you who the suppliers are to this address - Be aware these are Premium Rate calls

    On the day the purchase money changes hands via the solicitors, phone the Gas & Elec suppliers to report your ownership and give them the meter readings.
    Last edited by dogshome; 13-06-2017 at 7:58 AM.
    • LeeUK
    • By LeeUK 13th Jun 17, 9:42 AM
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    It's not that simple though is it? Especially with gas.
    You need a Gas Safe registered engineer to turn the gas on, check for leaks and purge air from the system. Very simple job for them to do with the right equipment, but not a DIY job.
    Originally posted by victor2
    It's simply the case of moving the lever to the up position surely not. I've only known council houses/HA to actually block off the supply with a spanner until a new tenant moves in.
    • Farway
    • By Farway 13th Jun 17, 3:17 PM
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    It's simply the case of moving the lever to the up position surely not. I've only known council houses/HA to actually block off the supply with a spanner until a new tenant moves in.
    Originally posted by LeeUK
    Because it was a repossesion who knows waht the ex owner did? Maybe ripped out the underfloor piping for instance?

    I would follow Victor 2 advice and get a Gas Safe person to turn on the gas & check for you
    Last edited by Farway; 13-06-2017 at 3:17 PM. Reason: typo
    • victor2
    • By victor2 13th Jun 17, 3:35 PM
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    It's simply the case of moving the lever to the up position surely not. I've only known council houses/HA to actually block off the supply with a spanner until a new tenant moves in.
    Originally posted by LeeUK
    When our gas meter was replaced, thereby introducing air into the pipework, the engineer demonstrated to me the effect of air in the pipes. He lit a ring on the hob. It burnt for about 10 seconds then went out as the air came through. It would not light again until the air had passed through and gas started flowing again, which was about 15 seconds.
    So, quite possible that someone could light the hob under a saucepan and leave it while it "heated up". You can bet they'd instinctively relight it when they realised the flame had gone out - igniting however much gas had come through.

    Of course in that case, the air getting into the pipe was caused by the meter being removed, but in a newly possessed house, you have no idea how or why the gas was turned off.
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