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Setting utilities when buying

Do you use the same utilities provider and then switch? What’s the best options? Having Wi-Fi is very important as working mostly from home. Does this need to be set up in advance as have read it can take up to 2 weeks to set up? Thanks


  • propertyrental
    propertyrental Posts: 2,218
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    gas/elecrric/(water) you have a 'deemed contract' witrh the existing supplier when you move in, and can switch after you move in.

    BB yuou cannot set up in advance - what if the purchase fa;ls through? The seller will be left with a nightmare. But you can do your eresearch and decide who to go with.
  • Rodders53
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    Mobile data - tether your phone... or a 1 month mobile data BB contract with wifi router - wired is also available.

    WFH - the business you work for should supply?
  • theartfullodger
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    Rodders53 said:
    Mobile data - tether your phone... or a 1 month mobile data BB contract with wifi router - wired is also available.

    WFH - the business you work for should supply?
  • RHemmings
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    edited 10 February at 12:48PM
    I'm moving over my internet (Virgin) unchanged, and I will review in the future. 

    For energy, I'm staying with the energy supply (EDF) that was previously supplying the property, which is for me personally a switch from OVO. 

    For both, I'm just trying to keep things as simple as possible, and I will review suppliers and make choices in the future. I'm finding moving enough of a task without looking into everything, and I'm going with the path of least resistance. 

    TV Licencing have already started sending nasty letters to my new address. My TV Licence will switch to the new property on the same day that the internet switches over. 

    When I got WiFi installed in my current rented house, I had to make an appointment ahead of time, but they turned up, installed it (including drilling a hole in the house - I had the landlord's permission), and it was working straight off, I think. 
  • EssexHebridean
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    There is a possible exception to the deemed contract on energy. If you are with Octopus, their “move home” service works very well in my experience. We did all the usual safeguards of ensuring that we photographed the meters on entry (our sellers with with Eon) but in fact the switch has already happened by the time we arrived at 2pm - indeed one of the first things I saw on walking in was the IHD cheerful stating “welcome to Octopus!” I fully expected that we’d likely have some interaction with Eon but the only thing was a letter a week or so later which they cheerfully admitted was an effort to win us back when I spoke to them to check.  So if with Octopus I would suggest hoping for the best (a seamless switch) while planning for the worst (meter readings including photos).

    Remember to sort buildings insurance at least from date of exchange of contracts too - in fact we just went straight in with buildings and contents to make life simpler. 
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