Who connects the essentials when you make the move into a new house? Whether you’re moving into a newly-built house or apartment or to an established property in the city or suburbs, seamless connections to utilities and the internet make life more comfortable and convenient. So, what steps do you need to take? If your new home is already connected to electricity and gas, all you need to do is contact your chosen utility provider to set up a new contract and account.
It’s worth shopping around to find a provider who can offer you the service you need at the best possible rates.
The state government’s independent energy price comparison tool — Victorian Energy Compare — is a good place to start.
You need a recent energy bill or smart meter data file to compare electricity or gas offers to find the provider with the best deal.
Similarly, if you are moving into a new home and want to connect your fixed phone, broadband, TV and mobile services, most major companies have dedicated customer service advisers who can help with the transition.
Most need two to three weeks’ notice to help relocate your services.
If you are joining the NBN, your provider may need to install some new hardware at your new home and you may also need a new modem.
For more information: compare.switchon.vic.gov.au energywatch.com.au