New builds are becoming increasingly popular with prospective homeowners around the UK. This is often due to their appealing modernity and wide range of financing options available, including leaseholds and shared ownership. If you’re moving into a new build, one of the first things you’ll want to do is set up your gas and electricity so that the property is ready to inhabit safely as soon as possible.
Luckily, setting up gas & electricity in a new build is a simple enough process if you keep these useful tips in mind.
Plan in advance
As is the case with much of the property buying process, setting up your gas and electricity takes time. This time should be accounted for well before your move-in date. A general rule of thumb is to arrange for your gas and electricity to be turned on in time for moving in at least two weeks before the big day arrives.
This gives you plenty of time to settle payment methods and ensure that everything is up to date, including the gas and electricity systems themselves. They typically will be given that the property is a new build, but it’s better to inspect thoroughly nonetheless.
Compare energy providers
As it’s a new build property you’re purchasing, there may not be an energy provider already signed up to provide gas and electricity. Some contractors will arrange for a temporary provider but not always. This means it’s your responsibility to contact a provider and arrange for them to turn on your gas and electricity.
If this is the case, make sure to compare providers before you settle down with one. It’s ill-advised to simply go with the first energy provider you find online. Instead, use a comparison service such as Paper Nest’s Switch Plan to compare providers and find the one that best suits your budget.
Set up your account
Once you’ve found a suitable provider for the gas and electricity in your new build, you’ll likely need to do some things to set up an account with them. As your new property is a new build, the providers will have no previous readings to go off when estimating your bills to a more accurate degree. This means that they may ask for a meter reading from your old property to get an idea of how much gas and electricity you consume.
Once you move into your new property, it’s equally important to register the first values on your gas and electricity meters so that you won’t be overcharged when the first bill arrives. At the same time, it’s useful to check out the type of meter. There are six main types of meter available:
If you’ve identified the type of meter currently installed on your new build and find it isn’t suitable for your needs, it’s better to get it altered as soon as possible.
Hire our friendly engineers today
If you’ve just moved into a new build property and would like assistance with your gas, look no further than Diamond Gas and Heating. We provide expert home heating solutions, including routine boiler servicing, emergency repairs, new boiler installation and more.