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Many believe that finding a rental home in London is a challenge. Well, it’s 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 difficult. Contact us to learn more about apartment rental agency

Take setting up the bills, for example – miss or postpone a certain step, and you may spend the first few days in your new home without light or internet.

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? Start with answering a few simple questions like “What?”, “When?” and “How?”

What?

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:

  • Electricity
  • Water
  • TV License
  • Broadband
  • 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.

When?

Ideally, you’d want to set up all your bills before moving in. So, if you know the exact date, start working towards them at least three weeks in advance.

Why? Because the process takes a lot of time, and you don’t have the power to speed things up a bit. Broadband installation takes up to two weeks, and 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 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.

How?

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 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 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 much 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. Going for the existing providers and not worrying about it may be tempting. But here’s the deal – you will pay much more than you could have in the long run as the providers compete 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 on making the new flat into a home for you and your loved ones.

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