Quick Tips for Electricity Connection When Moving to A New House

There’s no denying that moving to a new house is an incredibly stressful process. There are boxes to pack, mail to redirect, junk to be cleared, rooms to be cleaned, removalists to organise…not to mention the ever-present worry that you’ve forgotten something important (did someone remember to get the cat?!). In amongst all this stress, you also have to ensure that your new home will have power – a very important task that is all too often overlooked in the chaos of the move.

Fortunately, getting your utilities connected doesn’t have to involve a whole lot of drama. Just make sure that you follow these quick tips for electricity connection when moving to a new house:

  • Compare electricity providers to find the best deal: Moving to a new home is the perfect time to re-evaluate whether or not your current electricity provider is really offering you the best deal. Many electricity providers will allow you to end a contract with no exit fees if you are moving to a new property, so don’t waste this opportunity to shop around. An online comparison tool will help you to find which electricity retailer is offering the best deal for your new home.

 

  • Don’t leave things to the last minute: It can be tempting to put energy connections off until the very last minute, but this can end up costing you in the long run. Most retailers require at least three days’ notice for reconnections, but the earlier you get things organised, the better. By finalising the details well in advance, you can make sure that your electricity is up and running the moment you walk through the front door.

 

  • Have all the relevant information: Whether you’re sticking with your existing energy retailer or signing up with someone new, there are a few key details they’ll likely need to know before they can get things finalised. To avoid any delays, make sure that you have the answers to the following questions:

 

  • Is there clear access to the electricity meter at the new property?
  • On what date do you require power at the property?
  • Is the electricity being connected at this property for the first time?
  • What are the names and contact details of all account holders?

 

  1. Arrange disconnection at your current address: While you’re busy arranging for the electricity to be connected at your new place, don’t forget that you also need to arrange for disconnection at your current address! If you don’t let your current retailer know that you’re moving out, they will just keep charging you for any power used at the property – which could lead to a hefty and unexpected bill down the track. If you currently share the home with other people and someone will be remaining after you vacate then you’ll still need to ensure your name has been removed from the account.

Moving day is always going to come with a certain amount of stress. But if you follow these four quick tips then at least you won’t have to worry about your electricity!

 

Author: Claire Stapley
Claire Stapley is ElectricityComparison.com.au's Energy Editor, based in Melbourne Australia. Claire is a founding member of ElectricityComparison.com.au News and Energy Team.