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Finding the Best Man and Van Hire Services

There are various Man and Van Hire service providers that are friendly, reliable, and affordable. They offer professional removal services to their private and business clients in and around London and right across the UK. They have many different sizes of mobile trucks and a fleet of many vans to choose from, you can choose between a van and a driver or up to three assistants to help with any heavy lifting. You can hire them by the hour or at a fixed price. They do not charge any additional fees as it is all-inclusive. They can transport individual items in full truckloads locally or nationally within the UK. This type of van is also insured as standard. They offer clean, fully equipped vans with experienced, CRB-approved drivers and carriers to ensure you and your belongings are in good hands.

 

They are your solution for any removal or delivery service from anywhere in London and also offer long-distance removals. An experienced Man and Van Hire service makes sure that everything goes according to your plan. They know that their clients have different relocation needs such as the size, budget, or times of access to their property.

 

Whatever your moving needs, they offer a full range of people and van services so they can customize any move to meet your needs. They also offer free advice and tips before you move.

 

Why are many people already using the Man and Van Hire service?

Whether they’re moving into a new family home or office, people look no further than an experienced  Man and Van Hire service to keep removal costs down. The goal is to make a house or business move as easy and stress-free as possible. A man-and-van is your best choice for hassle-free and affordable moving services anywhere, anytime.

 

Look out for these services:

 

  1. Professional, uniformed and friendly staff.
  2. Great personal insurance service.
  3. No hidden costs.
  4. Clean and fully equipped vans.
  5. Reliable service.

 

There are also service providers who act as agents for customers, all of whom are hard-working, well-trained, and highly experienced individuals with many years of knowledge and experience. Whether you need their services for a local move in and around London or an international courier with a package that needs to reach its destination safely, they have a man-and-van for you.

They combine level of knowledge with low prices and customer focus. They are ready and fully equipped to deliver your belongings to your desired location on time, seamlessly, and with a smile.

 

Other Considerations

A Moving Van Hire service should always be fully insured so that you can rest assured that your belongings are fully protected during the move. They should also be available 7 days a week so you don’t have to worry about fitting them into your busy schedule and moving at week-ends when you don’t need to be at work. Many people will also need the service to operate locally, nationally, and even internationally for moves across the country or overseas.

 

 

Reasons to avoid a DIY move

How to set up utilities when renting

Utilities

Whether it’s your first rental property or your third, setting up gas and electricity should be one of your priorities. This is because you need your utilities to be turned on for a decent standard of living, such as being able to cook and access clean water. If you’re wondering how to set up your utilities while renting, you’ve come to the right place.

Here’s a standard step-by-step process to get you going. Before you begin, it’s recommended that you find out which utilities you’re responsible for as a tenant, as this varies depending on the rental. Generally, you’ll be expected to pay for your own gas and electricity but this isn’t always the case.

1. Gather the relevant information

Before you begin it’s useful to gather all of the information you need for setting up utilities for your rental. Again this varies depending on the provider you choose but a general rule of thumb is that you’ll need:

    • A recent meter reading
    • Your new address in full
    • Preferred start date

If you’re unsure, the preferred start date is usually the day that you intend to move in.

2. Research various utility providers

There are many different providers of gas and electricity in the UK. Some tenants like to shop around separately for their gas and electricity, but it’s often cheaper and more convenient to get a package deal if possible. If you want minimum hassle, you can simply stay with the providers set up by the previous tenant. However, check that their tariff rates are suitable for your budget before you do this.

While you’re researching gas and electricity providers, you may also want to consider other utilities such as water, as well as other essentials like broadband. Consider making notes on your research, including possible providers for each type of utility and what the average costs for those utilities are shaping up to be.

3. Get in touch for a quote and switch-on date

Once you’ve started to research providers and have made a shortlist of preferred companies, start getting in touch for personalised quotes, if you haven’t done so already. These quotes inform you how much you can expect to pay per month for utilities. There are many different packages available so take your time to research thoroughly.

Getting utilities set up is easier than before as many providers now have online portals that you can log in to. These portals allow you to sign up for a utility plan and arrange a start date – all without speaking to a single member of staff.

If everything goes accordingly, your rented property should have access to all of the necessary utilities on the agreed start date. Make sure your provider has agreed to this date or acknowledged it in some form, however.

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The Three Biggest Moving Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

Moving home is an exciting time. Perhaps it means an interesting new job, a larger place or even being closer to your friends or family. Whatever your reason is for moving, we all want a smooth stress-free home move. This is why we’ve pulled together this article to highlight the three biggest moving mistakes and exactly how you can avoid them.
So, let’s jump right in.

Mistake 1:

The Primacy Bias, Why You’re Spending Too Much Money

There is a natural bias we have as humans called the primacy bias. This basically means that your judgement of something is affected by what you saw earlier. The classic example is when you walk into a bridal dress shop and see three dresses all for £5,000 or even higher. Then, the shop assistant brings out a dress for only £1,995. Bargain, right? By comparison the new dress seems to be cheap but it’s only because we have seen the more expensive ones before.

But what has this got to do with moving home?

If you’re buying a home you can have tens of thousands to spend, so costs such as pricey mortgage brokers or “recommended” solicitors can seem negligible in comparison to the total value. This therefore means that you’re more likely to spend more and actually buy items you might not otherwise because the costs seem less in perspective of your entire move. This also applies even if you’re renting, just on a smaller scale.

This isn’t to say these services aren’t worth it or you don’t need those items, it’s just important to really think about it .

Mistake 2:

Making More Work Than You Need To

Moving home is often seen as a stressful experience. In part that’s because we can make a meal out of what should be simple activities, meaning we have to spend lots of our time on the non-glamorous stuff. So, what can we do about it?  The good news is that there are some simple, easy-to-follow tips you can follow that will save your hours of time when moving home

  • Spring clean weeks before you move. Get rid of most of the stuff you haven’t used in the past 3-6 months. This can dramatically reduce the amount of stuff you’re taking to your new place – stuff you don’t use anyway
  • Label your boxes with the room they’re destined for. This one seems obvious but you’d be surprised the amount of people that forget to do this. Once you move into your new place it will be a complete time-saver
  • Update your address online. The team over at SlothMove have pulled together an online service where you can update your address online. Instead of spending up to 7 hours telling everyone that you’ve moved, you can tell them all within 5 minutes. That’s time better spent doing other things!
  • Book everything in advance. The further in advance you can make arrangements such as childcare, pet day-care, van rentals & storage the easier and smoother your move will be.

 

Mistake 3:

Stressing Too Much

Recent studies show that two thirds of people placed the process of moving home at the top of their stress list, suggesting that it caused more anxiety than breaking-up, divorce or even starting a new job.

If this is the way we perceive moving home, we might be less inclined to do so which can reduce our geo-mobility. Therefore, it’s important that we change our perspective about moving home itself.

But, how do you do that?

The first thing to bear in mind is that taking a break from the home move is completely fine and should be done. You don’t need to be a machine and get it done as quickly as possible. Feel free to take the afternoon or the weekend off and do something completely different. This will help the home move feel more part of your natural routine.

Secondly, try to take some time off work. Don’t try to squeeze everything in between your work and at your weekends. The impact of doing it in the evenings and weekends is that it compounds stress and gives you a completely full schedule. Just taking a week or even a few days off work can make a massive difference in delivering a stress-free home move.

Finally, remember why you’re moving in the first place. You might be moving for something really exciting. In the typical chaos of the home move it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that what you’re doing is really exciting. Contrary to popular opinion, moving home should be fun and is something to be enjoyed.

Final Thoughts

We hope that you’ve found this article of value; with there being so much to do with moving home and it can be tough to stop and consider if there is a better way to do something. However, if you can take five minutes and apply just one of the principles we’ve covered today you can save yourself stress, time and even money.

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How to Have a Sustainable House Move

In 2020, ignoring the climate crisis really is not an option. While we trust that you are doing your bit, we also imagine that the environment is not your greatest concern amidst your house removal. We are here to change that by showing you how to have a sustainable house move.

 

Did you know? On average, moving house emits a whopping 17 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions. While moving house is an imperative, and we recognise cancelling your move altogether is simply not an option, why not try and shave a few kilos off that total by following the simple tips outlined below. Remember, being more eco-friendly means greater efficiency, and greater efficiency means saving time and money. That’s killing not two, but three birds with one stone!

 

Before Your Move

A sustainable house move requires you to start off on the right tracks, and get your eco-hat on well in advance of your actual moving date. The following steps show you how.

 

Choose an Eco-Friendly Moving Company

Bet you did not even know that such a thing exists! While there are of course limits to how sustainable a removal company can be, there is no doubt that some try to do their bit more than others. Reward those who do for their efforts, and when requesting quotes, or researching your removal company, consider this a factor in your selection process.

 

The key things to look for when working out whether a removal company endorses eco-friendly behaviours are:

  • Do they practice corporate social responsibility?
  • Do they carbon offset some of their emissions?
  • Do they drive eco-friendly vehicles?

 

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but we hope it gives you some pointers to start selecting a sustainable mover. Need a bit more guidance? Sirelo’s list of top eight international moving companies considers corporate social responsibility as a deciding factor in who made the cut!

 

Reduce Your Load

Thinking of bringing your neglected armchair? Or the lamp collecting dust in the cupboard? Think again – that isn’t the route to a sustainable house move.. Naturally, the greater the volume of your move, the more carbon dioxide emissions it will emit, and equally the more expensive it will be. It therefore goes without saying, that reducing your load is essential to ensure both a sustainable and budget-friendly move.

 

Don’t Dump!

You may think we are contradicting ourselves a little here, but stay with us. So you have been ruthless in selecting what furniture to bring with you, and now you are stuck with mountains of unwanted goods. Rather than taking these to landfill, think about doing one or some of the following things instead:

  • Sell it! Save the environment and make money at the same time? A double win. There are many platforms in which to sell second-hand goods. Anything that is in good enough condition is worth finding a new home for.
  • If you can afford it, an even better option is to donate any unwanted furniture to a charity shop. Alternatively, there are NGOs dedicated to collecting and redistributing unwanted furniture to vulnerable people. If you are strapped for time, they will often do the legwork for you.
  • Even if certain items of yours are damaged beyond repair or use, many people fancy their hands at upcycling. Wooden furniture in particular can be useful, so donate your furniture to a creative and watch your old side table transform!

 

During Your Move

If you have managed to be sustainable up to this point, you are doing incredibly well. But the hard work does not stop just yet. The following measures will help you ensure that you keep up the good work throughout the moving process.

 

Pack Wisely

So you have managed to narrow down what to bring with you on your adventure, but there are also ways you can pack those that made the cut in a sustainable manner. Consider some of the following:

  • Second-hand boxes. Why not have a look to see if you can source boxes that have already been used. Given that the price of moving boxes can add up, you will save some money along the way too.
  • Minimise packing materials. Think twice before you buy heaps of bubble-wrap and other padding materials. Why not use blankets, towels and scarves instead? Another way to cut back on both your moving expenses and carbon emissions.

 

Transport

At this point, your efficiently packed, reused boxes are safely packed and ready to go. If you are moving yourself, think about the best way to avoid multiple trips in your vehicle, again reducing both petrol costs and emissions. Sensing a theme here?

 

If you and your boxes are parting ways, and a removal company is taking care of them, you will still have to get yourself to your new home. If possible, avoid flying. We know this is not always an option, so if jumping on an aeroplane is the only viable option, think about carbon offsetting your flight, if you can afford to do so.

 

After Your Move

Start good habits in your new home, and think carefully about how to reduce your carbon footprint, both immediately after your move and in the weeks, months and years to come. We have outlined some of the ways you can do this below:

 

  • Go paperless. We imagine that your house move has been somewhat plagued with exhausting amounts of admin. Moving often requires you to get in touch with you bank, doctor and many other services, in order to change your address. While doing this, why not also opt to go paperless? May as well, while you are at it.
  • Buy second-hand furniture. What goes around comes around, quite literally! Replace all that furniture you so generously sold and donated with someone else’s unwanted goods. Both charity shops and platforms such as Facebook Marketplace often have real steals!
  • Choose eco-friendly utility providers. Much like you did when selecting a removal company, ensure your new utility providers have eco-friendly policies. This is becoming more and more common, so it should not be too difficult to find.

 

First of all, congratulations! Moving house is no mean feat, and you seem well on your way to making it success and a sustaniable house move. Remember, every little helps; we know implementing all of these tips into your move may seem overwhelming, but even just a couple can go a long way to help save our planet.

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Home Improvements to Add Value to Your Home

Homeowners can be excited at the prospect of renovating their home, but it can quickly become a stressful process when reality sets in on just how much the renovations could cost. However, calculating and planning for the expenses of the home improvements in advance can ease the stress of renovating and help you better plan for the work to be completed.

Creating an open-plan kitchen is a great way to refresh your home as it will add value by providing a more spacious layout that will make the house family-friendly. It’s important, however, to determine whether the cost is worth the investment. Seeing where your renovation budget will have the biggest impact can help you decide where the money should be spent. For example, if you decide to add an open-plan kitchen, it could possibly add a value of £18,251 to your home.

Even simple renovations such as double-glazing windows and adding solar panels can have the added benefit of making your house more energy efficient. If you like spending time in the garden, consider adding a garden room.

To calculate your home renovations and to see where you can add value to your home, head over to Sainsbury’s Bank site to use the calculator.

You can also see the guide below on what renovations will add the most value to your home, which ones are the most expensive, and which ones will yield the highest profit.

Home Renovation Calculator

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Advice About Buying Your First Home

The property market in the UK is still shaky – after what initially seemed like a recovery a couple of years ago prices in the usual property hotspots have seen falls in recent months. And there are still parts of the UK which never even experienced the recovery and are still suffering the effects of the long drawn out recession that is supposedly over now. The recovery in those areas could be a long time coming.

But whether you are buying in the more buoyant south-east  or anywhere else in the country one of the best ways to afford your first home is to find a place that needs some TLC and get it at a low price. Many homes are reasonably priced simply because they have dated décor but have no other problems. These are the ones to go for because re-decorating is relatively straightforward and relatively cheap; at least compared to re-wiring or new central heating or new windows.

Buying a home that doesn’t present well means you can get it for a good price and make improvements to bring it up to date without spending too much. The chances are your first home may be small but it will be the first step on the property ladder and, anyway, small homes can be very cosy and bijou.

But before you start house-hunting you need to know how much you can afford because there is no point looking around at desirable homes just to find they are all out of your reach financially. So take a look at your savings now or how much you could realistically save in the next 6 months to a year then talk to a bank or other lender about your chances of securing a mortgage. Remember that borrowing money now is all about how affordable the debt would be to you. It is no longer possible simply to work on multiples of your salary.

As affordability checks by banks and other lenders have become more stringent so it has become harder and harder for first time buyers to raise a big enough home loan to buy even the smallest apartment in some areas. Some of the options that people are reverting to include:

  • Moving in with parents for a year to save more money
  • Moving to a cheaper location
  • Borrowing money from parents
  • Using no credit check loans to raise money for the deposit

Sometimes parents will act as the guarantor on a guarantor loan to help raise the deposit when they cannot or are unwilling to lend the cash to their offspring. This way they help reduce the risk in the eyes of the lender but the young person buying the home is responsible for making the loan repayments. For those determined to get on the housing ladder there are always options but they often require tough decisions such as taking on a large amount of debt that could affect your lifestyle or moving to a new area away from family and friends.

In the end it is a very personal decision whether owning your own home is worth these sacrifices. It will depend on your personal situation, including relationships and career development. Those young people who are at the start of a career that could lead them to much higher incomes within a few years may be more willing to take the risk of borrowing a lot now, knowing the strain of the debt will ease significantly in the relatively near future.

Whatever you decide to do with regard to buying your first home the best bit of advice I was ever given was that you will know when a property feels right so don’t ever buy somewhere if you find that you are persuading  yourself it will be OK.

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House Flipping: 6 Tips to Help You Turn a Profit

Real estate and, more specifically, house flipping, can be an incredibly profitable business. With the right home and in the right market, it’s possible to make tens of thousands of dollars on a single house over the matter of a few months. And that’s just one house.

 

Once you get the hang of flipping properties and discovering how to identify homes with the greatest return on investment potential, you’ll turn your flipping business into a well-oiled machine.

 

However, before any of that happens, you’ll need to start out with a single property. There will likely be growing pains as you learn along the way as well. However, by keeping these tips in mind, you’ll cut down on major expenses, all while boosting the potential profit while flipping homes.

 

Always Inspect The Property

 

Never look at the asking price, do a walkthrough of your own, and decide to buy it right then and there. This is a classic mistake and one that can cost you. Unless you’re a contractor you may miss substantial problems with the house.

 

You might not have seen the sloping foundation or the major problems with the roof. If you need to fix the foundation and install a new roof you’ll easily spend $50,000 or more on just these two repairs. This might completely eat away your entire profit margin.

 

So before you buy any property, always have it inspected. It doesn’t matter if you intend to gut it and flip it.

 

Look For Good Bones

 

It’s easy to fall in love with small features of a house. Maybe one property has a beautiful stained glass window or the most attractive backyard you’ve ever seen. When you see such a property it’s easy to get distracted.

 

In fact, while these are nice features, never buy a property to flip just because of a feature. You want a property with good bones. When it has good bones (in other words, a strong, level foundation, and solid construction), you can make up for any cosmetic problems. In fact, you can add as many features as you might like to make the property more attractive.

 

It is repairing problems with the bones where the real expenses creep up. Installing new windows might cost a few thousand dollars. But lifting the entire house, this will cost more than most complete renovations.

 

Only buy a house to flip if it has good bones – this is one of the best money-savings tips we can give you. Anything else will both cost too much to fix and take too long to flip.

 

Are Homes Selling In The Neighborhood?

 

One of the mistakes potential flippers make is not looking at the buying market of a given neighborhood. They might look at what housing prices are in the community and even the demographics of median income and family makeup. All of this is valuable data. However, it’s not the most important piece of information.

 

You need to know how long the average house stays on the market. Some communities are hot, to a point where a property sells within the same week or two, it goes on the market. Yet other communities do not receive the same kind of interest from potential buyers.

 

Even if you can buy a house and sell it for a greater amount of money in a slower moving community, it’s better to buy a house you can fix and flip right away.

 

Why?

 

Because for every month you hold onto the house that’s another month you have to pay a mortgage.

 

Time really is money in the world of house flipping. So if you buy a property with a $1,000 mortgage and you end up sitting on it for six months, that’s $6,000 out of your potential profit.

 

You want to get in and get out as quickly as possible, especially when starting off.

 

After you’re established and have a half-dozen properties going at once you may be able to afford to hold onto some properties for longer, if you know you’ll make a larger profit when it does sell. But in the beginning, shoot for a fast-selling community.

 

Home Depot (and Lowes) Is Your Friend

 

Yes, you can buy all kinds of goods for the flip from your local home improvement store, but that’s not why it’s really your friend.

 

The more work you do on the property yourself the greater your potential profit. This also means every dollar you give to a contractor is one less dollar you’ll have when you sell the house.

 

Many of the jobs a contractor will do for you are jobs you could actually perform yourself. You just don’t have the right experience or knowledge at your disposal.

 

This is where the local home improvement store comes in.

 

Most stores such as Home Depot and Lowes offer free tutorial demonstrations on weekends (check out the websites for stores nearby to see when these classes are offered). By attending these classes you’ll learn how to do these tasks within the home you’re flipping.

 

You’ll discover many of these tasks are not terribly difficult. It might take a few hours longer to do, but you’ll save hundreds of dollars on every job you do yourself. Plus, the more frequently you flip homes, the more practice you’ll have and the easiest it becomes.

 

But Know When You Need a Professional

 

There are some jobs you can do yourself.

 

Installing a toilet, laying tile, or even buffering a hardwood floor.

 

However, you need to know when to do the job yourself, and when to turn to a professional. If your home needs electrical work do not try to go about doing this yourself.

 

First, dealing with major utilities, such as electricity and gas, is dangerous. You not only put yourself in danger but potential buyers in danger.

 

Second, if a potential buyer is interested in your home they will hire a contractor to come in and inspect the house. If the electrical work is not done correctly you’ll need to hire someone to come in and repair what you already did. This forces you to pay for the electrical work twice before the house sells, and you’ll end up holding onto the property longer, which may mean you pay another mortgage payment.

 

So while much of the work you can do on your own, know when to hire a professional.

 

Connect With Contractors

 

At some point in time, you will need to work with contractors. You might be able to perform much of the work on your own with the first flip. In fact, if you’re doing one property at a time and are careful with the houses you buy you’ll find much of the work is easy to do. However, there will come a time where you either purchase a lemon of a house and it requires more repairs than you thought, or you’ll run out of easily-flipped properties and have to dig into homes with greater cosmetic fixes.

 

Whatever the reasoning, seek out a contractor you can directly work with. Show the contractor your portfolio of homes and your desire to continue the flipping process. If the contractor believes you’ll deliver a steady stream of work they may be more inclined to cut their asking price. So look around and discuss the partnership opportunity with these contractors. It may be a mutually beneficial relationship for both of you.

 

In Conclusion

 

Now is the perfect time to start flipping houses. Flipping real estate, when done right, has the potential to turn into a full-time, high-paying job. And this is a job where you’ll be your own boss. However, flipping homes are more difficult than what 30-minute television shows make it out to be. You need to know how to best pick out homes and how to keep costs down in order to increase your profits.

 

By following through with these tips and suggestions, you’ll avoid buying homes that not only will cost too much to repair but will stay on the market longer than you’d like. Plus, with the help of My Real Estate Business, you’ll have access to a team of professionals that will help give you all the necessary tools and education you need to be a successful house flipper.

 

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Who Is The Cheapest Energy Supplier In The UK?

Worried about energy prices going up? This article has some handy information to help you find out which suppliers can offer you the best rates.

 

You would have to have been living under a rock over the last few months to have avoided the constant scary headlines about the ‘energy crisis’. 28 energy companies have gone bust and all kinds of other repercussions have been made.

 

Why?

 

It’s complicated, but what it means for consumers is that the Ofgem energy price cap has now been increased to £1,277 a year, it’s highest ever amount, and it could go up by another 50% in April. This means that the average energy bill could reach £2,000 a year, which is quite frankly, terrifying for many people.

 

The good news is that there are many actions that you can take to try and protect yourself from being heavily impacted by these changes.

 

One way is to save energy as much as you can, which you can find out more about here.

 

Another way is to avoid sitting tight with your current provider and instead aim to go with the cheapest energy supplier available to you at this time. You can compare energy prices on lots of different websites, but as a great starting point we have a list of the cheapest tariffs available for you to consider below.

 

Please be aware that the figures are relevant at the time of this article being written, but this is a constantly changing situation and your personal circumstances, location and needs also influence which tariffs and providers are suitable for you.

 

Let’s take a look at the current four cheapest electricity suppliers in the UK offering variable tariffs:

 

Supplier  Tariff  Annual Cost*
     
Bulb Energy  Simple Energy  £692.626
     
Orbit Energy  5% OFF 4 LIFE  £645.532
     
Outfox The Market  One Green Flex  £640.21
     
Together Energy  Green Together Smart Sun ExcVar  £548.30

 

*(Annual cost is based on an average of 2,900 kWh of electricity being used per year.)

 

 

Let’s take a look at the current four cheapest gas suppliers in the UK offering variable tariffs:

 

Supplier  Tariff  Annual Cost*
     
Bulb Energy  Simple Energy  £581.974
     
Together Energy  Green Together Smart Sun ExcVar  £502.91
     
Orbit Energy  5% OFF 4 LIFE  £485.984
     
Outfox The Market  One Green Flex  £456.97

 

*(Annual cost is based on an average of 12,000 kWh of gas usage per year.)

 

If you are looking for fixed rate tariffs which lock the cost of energy over a fixed period of time, these are the 3 cheapest energy rates currently available in the UK for a fixed contract at the time of writing:

 

Electricity:

 

Supplier  Tariff  Annual Cost
     
So Energy  So Cherry  £992.95
     
E.ON Next  Next Online  £633.727
     
EDF Energy  Easy Online  £607.917

 

 

Gas:

 

Supplier  Tariff  Annual Cost
     
So Energy  So Cherry  £1,204.17
     
E.ON Next  Next Online  £493.150
     
EDF Energy  Easy Online  £443.496

 

As with variable rates, these fixed rates are based on an assumption of an average gas and electricity amount and are dependent on your location, needs and circumstances as to what is available to you.

 

It is also important to consider the general cheapest energy suppliers across the UK, and those in your general area. It’s a lot to consider but the great thing is that you have so much choice and there is probably at least one better option for you, than the energy supply and tariff you have set up already.

 

The next step is to discover your energy plan and supplier and then find out your average usage which is usually on your bills, or you can compare your metre readings. You can then compare the cheapest energy suppliers and shop around for the best rates. By being savvy with usage and energy providers, you can get through this energy price hike with minimal impact.

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How Do I Transfer Utilities When Moving House?

Moving house? Find out how to transfer utilities over efficiently so that you have all the services you need to make the most of your new place.

 

Within the last 12 months nearly 600,000 people consider themselves ‘just moved’, and around the same number consider themselves still ‘settling in’ to a new home. For those people, there’s a lot to do to make their new place a true home. Unpacking boxes, redecorating, getting to know the neighbours, maybe settling the kids into a new school – these sorts of tasks are the easy part of the stressful process of moving house.

 

Of course, there are some other less fun jobs to get done too, so that you’re completely set up to start this new chapter of your life. Transferring the utilities is one such job, but it’s an essential job to complete once you move. It’s not a fun task but the longer you delay it, the more you could overspend on expensive standard tariffs. You could also end up paying for utilities at your old home and your new home at the same time – something to avoid at all costs.

 

To help you get this essential job done when you’re moving house, here are some handy hints on how to transfer your utilities:

 

Who’s Providing You With Services?

 

One of the first things you need to do is find out who your providers are new and were before in your old home. It sounds simple but, maybe you have forgotten that you transferred between providers while in your old house. Some small energy suppliers have gone out of business in recent years so you may even have been transferred to a different energy supplier by the gas and electricity regulator. Collect all the information you need so that you know exactly who provided utilities to your own home, and who is currently providing utilities at your new home. Remember to find the information (if applicable) for:

 

  • Security system providers
  • Internet & phone line
  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Oil
  • Water
  • Council tax

 

 

Contact Suppliers Early

 

If you can contact the providers about a fortnight before you actually move you can then get a head start on transferring your utilities. If not, 48 hours is just as helpful as there’s some notice to help get everything set up. This will mean that your utilities should be transferred on moving day but it’s always a good idea to contact the providers just to check they’re no longer charging you for your old home.

 

If you have moved before you get around to changing the utilities, get this particular task completed ASAP to avoid paying to run two homes. You’ll want to get the utilities transferred and let the new home’s current providers know that you’re transferring over. In all cases, make sure the utility providers you are choosing to use at your new home and from your previous address have your most current details in case they need to get in touch.

 

Take Meter Readings

 

It is important to take meter readings on the moving day from both your old and new homes.. This is to give to the utility companies if your final bill/first bill is not what you think it should be. This ensures that they know when you should be charged from, and what to charge the people who have moved out for their final bills. As an extra precaution take a photo of all meters.

 

More Handy Tips:

 

Just to make transferring utilities an even smoother process checkout these extra handy tips:

 

  • If you have a smart meter, check it is in smart mode before you move so that it is sending the most recent readings to your utility supplier
  • Check where you are with any current contracts as this could be a good chance to switch to a better provider or a cheaper tariff
  • Ask to be prioritised for connection if you are at pension age, disabled or otherwise vulnerable
  • If there is a meter in the new property, get the amount cleared by the supplier so you don’t take on the debt of the previous homeowner. You should also discuss how to use it, and the cost of removing it or switching it to pay monthly if that suits you better

 

You’re All Setup To Switch Utilities!

It may not be a fun job, but switching utilities is an essential job that can help you settle in comfortably in your new home as quickly as possible.

 

store belongings before moving to new house

Store Belongings The Proper Way Before Moving to a New Build

If your new-build property doesn’t already have gas and electricity set up, you may need to keep some of your belongings in storage. Here’s how to do it right!

Moving into a newly built property can be extremely satisfying. This is an opportunity to make a home well and truly yours. You won’t need to clear out the last vestiges of those who lived there before you, or replace their antiquated or idiosyncratic decor. You have a completely blank canvas with which to express yourself. But moving to a new build comes with its own set of challenges. It may be unclear who supplies energy to the property as it is not yet occupied. If you’re self-building, you may not even have a gas and electricity supply to the property yet.

As such, you may need to keep some of your belongings in storage until your utilities are set up, and everything is read for you to move in. Work may need to be carried out around the home which would be much easier without having to navigate boxes of belongings. Furthermore, if you need to set up new utility supplies from scratch, it may be several weeks or even months before your new build is habitable. The energy experts at Papernest have some useful advice on setting up gas and electricity in a new build.

How can storage solutions help when moving into a new build?

A storage unit can help you in a number of ways when moving to a new build. It provides you with a dry, secure space to store your belongings while moving. This helps to prevent clutter in your new build while you’re still carrying out last minute work on the property. It can save you money on moving expenses, saving you from having to move all of your belongings at the same time.

A storage unit gives you the luxury of time, so that you can unpack and move your belongings in slowly, without spending your early days in your new home up to your elbows in boxes.

What should I look for when setting up storage solutions?

While you’re waiting for everything to be ready in your new build, you may choose to keep some (or all) of your belongings in storage. It’s important to do this in a way that’s as flexible and cost-effective as possible for you. As such, these are the things you should look for in a storage services provider…

Free collection

The process of moving is costly enough as it is. Especially if you need to install new gas and electricity connections in your home, which may cost upwards of £3,000 per utility. Look for a storage supplier that will collect your belongings free of charge.

Flexible terms

You may only want to store your belongings for a couple of weeks. Or you may want to keep them in storage long-term to make the most of the usable space in your new home. As such, you should look for a storage service that provides flexible terms built around our needs.

No deposit

You want to keep your upfront costs as manageable as possible, so look for a storage solution that won’t expect you to pay a hefty deposit to secure your unit.

Fixed costs

When moving to a new home, every penny counts! So make sure you choose a storage provider that has fixed costs, sparing you any unpleasant price hikes. All of our storage costs are fixed for 12 months, so you know that you’ll never get any unpleasant surprises when you choose us!

How do I set up utilities in a new build?

A storage unit can help if you need store belongings before setting up utilities in a new build. But what’s the quickest and most cost-effective way to do this?

If you’re building your own property, you’ll need to contact the Distribution Network Operator and Gas Transporter in your area. These are the companies responsible for maintaining, managing and upgrading the National Grid’s gas and electricity network in your area. You can find yours by checking out the Energy Networks website here. They can guide you through the process of setting up a new connection and installing a meter. This typically takes around 6-8 weeks. This is not work that you can legally (or safely) do yourself. However, there is some ‘contestable’ work that may be done by a local contractor, potentially saving you money.

If your property already has a connection, you’ll want to find out who supplies energy to the property. You’ll most likely be on the supplier’s standard variable tariff which is inevitably their most expensive. Especially in the current market. The sooner you switch to a new tariff, the more you could save on energy.