It is obviously important to notify utility providers that you are vacating your present home to make sure that you are not responsible for expenses incurred by your successor and equally you want to be sure of a seamless supply of essential services to your new home.
Notifying utility suppliers has become much more complicated in recent years with the ever multiplying numbers of new supplies. We hope that the following is helpful:-
The contact details for our Local Authorities are:
Eastbourne Borough Council
www.eastbourne.gov.uk Telephone 01323 410000
Lewes District Council
Brighton and Hove City Council
www.brighton-hove.gov.uk Telephone 01273 290000
Wealden District Council
www.wealden.gov.uk Telephone Hailsham Office 01323 443322
Telephone Crowborough Office 01892 653311
Rother District Council
www.rother.gov.uk Telephone 01424 787000
It may be wise to set up a redirection. There is a charge of approximately £40.00 for a redirection for a year.
Contact www.royalmail.com for further information.
You may wish to take the opportunity to reduce or eliminate junk mail.
It is possible to ‘move’ your TV Licence to your new address. To arrange to move or organise a new TV Licence.
Contact www.tvlicensing.co.uk or telephone 0870 242 3349
It may be sensible to check that the property you are buying has an existing telephone line. If a line has to be connected, BT may charge you for this. You may need to make enquiry of your telephone supplier as to whether it is possible to transfer your existing number or whether calls can be re-directed to your new number.
Give your gas supplier as much notice of your moving date as possible. Before moving, read your meter and keep a note of the reading. Telephone your supplier.
You need to find out who is supplying gas to your new property and decide whether you wish to remain with them or organise a new supplier. Again, read the meter on your new property when you arrive. Remember to ask your vendor about where the gas and electric meters are.
As with gas suppliers, your electricity provider will need maximum notice of your intended move. The company may wish to read the meters but in any event, read them yourself and keep a note of the reading
Water companies need to be notified as far in advance as possible of your intended move. If you supply is metered, you will need to arrange for the meter to be read. Consider whether you wish the supply at your new property to be metered as it can make significant savings.
Contact Southern Water www.southernwater.co.uk
South East Water www.southeastwater.co.uk
Water Guide UK www.water-gide.org.uk/movinghouse
Moving home is a good opportunity to review who is supplying your utilities and to see whether these can be provided more cheaply or from more environmentally friendly suppliers.
Contact Energy Helpline www.engeryhelpline.com
Money Saving Expert www.moneysavingexpert.com
You can register to vote your new address by going to www.aboutmyvote.co.uk