Many believe that finding a rental home in London is a challenge. Well, it’s really not. You can find a perfect home for you and your family in just one day with London Relocation. Wink-wink-nudge-nudge 😉
Settling in, on the other hand, is a prime example of a series of challenging tasks many underestimate. It’s not that any of said challenges are particularly hard to deal with – moving to a different city is not rocket science after all – but rather the fact that they heavily rely on a lot of prep work and planning makes settling in a difficult process.
Take setting up the bills for example – miss or postpone a certain step and you may be spending the first couple of days in your new home without light or internet.
Actually, that probably won’t happen as you’ll have the bills carried on from the previous supplier, but you may end up paying more than you should. Sure, it’s not like it’ll be the end of the world, but why settle for an unpleasant experience when it can easily be avoided?
How? Stat with answering a few simple questions like “What?”, “When?”, and “How?”
Before setting up any bills in the UK you need to know which services you’ll be using as they may vary from the standard package in your country.
Here’s your London bills list:
- TV License
- Council tax
That said, the list might still vary from occasion to occasion. Example: Students don’t need to pay the Council tax so feel free to scratch it out if you are in the Capital to study. Then there are the bills that may or may not be included in the rent by default. Sort this out with your landlord in advance to avoid any unnecessary confusion.
Ideally, you’d want to set up all of your bills before you move in. So, if you know the exact date, start working towards them in at least three weeks in advance.
Why? Because the process takes a lot of time and you simply don’t have the power to speed things up a bit. Broadband installation takes up to two weeks, electricity and water suppliers need up to 17 days to switch.
Pro tip: you don’t start paying the bills when you move in. You are actually responsible for them throughout the entirety of your tenancy.
In simpler words, if you have sealed the deal on the 1st of November you’ll be paying the bills since that date and it doesn’t matter that you haven’t moved in until the 20th.
The tricky part about setting up your bills is that you have to deal with each of them separately. Finding the perfect provider, getting the better deal and juggling all five of them at once is one hell of an experience for the unprepared.
Here’s what you should do:
- Start with making a checklist. Point out all of the bills you’ll need to set up, contact the landlord for additional information, consider additional expenses like subscription services, etc.
- Spend an evening or two researching your options. Try to find as many information as possible. Don’t limit yourself to the provider’s website. Check reviews and forums to find out the most reliable ones.
- Evaluate the signup bonuses. It may be tempting to just go for the existing providers and not worry about it. But here’s the deal – you will be paying much more than you could have in the long run as the providers are competing with each other by offering better deals to new clients. Use their willingness to earn more to your advantage.
Or you can always choose the easiest route and go for our unique settling in service. Let us take care of the irritating nuances while you focus your energy on making the new flat into an actual home for you and your close ones.