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Moving house: what are the steps to buy a new boiler?

Posted on August 16th 2022

Are you moving house? Find out how to buy a new, energy-efficient boiler for your new home in this guide. We’ll help you determine when to buy a new boiler, how to choose a new boiler, and how to fund your purchase through savings, and finance.

Moving house is a stressful experience, but you can make things easier on yourself by planning ahead. Check out the condition of the boiler each time you view a property because if you have to buy a new boiler shortly after moving this can add a sizeable price tag to your move.

If you decide that you’re going to press on and buy a house with an older boiler, it’s important to replace the boiler as soon as you can to maximise energy efficiency and performance in your new home.

When is a new boiler needed?

If your existing boiler is working just fine, you may not need to replace it yet. However, even boilers that appear to be running smoothly could do with replacing after a sufficient period of time has passed. Older boilers are much less efficient than newer ones and, even if you’re not having to repair them regularly, they will cost more to run. Consider replacing a boiler that:

  • Is more than 15 years old
  • Breaks down regularly
  • Is low quality or has a low energy-efficiency rating

How to choose a new boiler when moving house

The first step to choosing a new boiler when moving house is research. Consider the size of your home, how many people living in your home, and what kind of lifestyle you lead.

You’ll also need to think about what kind of boiler you want: a combi boiler, a system boiler, or a regular boiler. Most people opt for combi boilers these days, but they may not always be suitable for all homes and especially those homes with larger families.

Finally, look for a new boiler with excellent energy efficiency. Not only will this reduce your energy bills in the long-term, but it also makes your boiler a bit more ‘future-proof’ as efficiency becomes the goal for most homebuyers and renters.

Paying for a new boiler

If you’ve just moved into a new house, chances are you won’t have lots of cash to spare to pay for your new boiler. There are a few ways to budget for a boiler, with most people choosing to either:

  • Pay upfront from their savings
  • Pay monthly with a boiler loan