Moving house is something everyone experiences at some point in their life. But for some, it can be a pretty regular occurrence. In fact Australians tend to move home more regularly than people in most other countries do.
According to ABS data, Aussies make up one of the most mobile societies in the world. Though, it tends to be younger Aussies that move most frequently – likely due to their propensity to live in share houses and short term rental properties.
Whether you’re moving in with a partner, into a share house, or into a home you’ve just bought, a new house can be an exciting prospect. Exploring a new suburb and finding new places to visit for Saturday brunches is fun, plus it’s a great excuse to get your Marie Kondo on and declutter.
But moving isn’t always a quick and easy task – there can be a lot to do. After finding a new place to live, boxing everything up and finding a moving company to take it all from A to B, you’ll welcome any opportunity to make things flow more smoothly on move day. Getting your energy connection sorted early means the lights are on for your arrival and saves you any extra admin on moving day.
Here’s what else you should consider to make it a smooth move.
Before you move
Once you’ve found your new abode, it’s time to get it connected. While you’re checking out the important things like the distance to your new local cafe or the best sunny spots for your pot plants, don’t forget to check on how your appliances run. When you’re inspecting the house or looking at the rental listing ad, pay attention to the oven and stovetop as well as heating and cooling, including the hot water. It’s possible that these systems use gas and electricity, so understanding how they run will help you choose the right plan. Consider that items like air conditioning or pool pumps (if you’re lucky enough to score a new place with a pool) can significantly add to your bill.
Once you’ve done your research and found the best power plan for your usage needs, arrange your connection setup at least one business day before your move-in date. If you’re using both electricity and gas, you can probably find a deal for using the same provider.
While the prospect of moving into a new house is exciting, you’ll also need to give your old property some love. It’s important to arrange a disconnection for your energy service and finalise the last bill. Update your provider with your new billing address for a paper bill or take the opportunity to switch to greener electronic billing.
If you’re living with other people, like housemates, who won’t be moving into your new property, let them know that it’s likely they’ll need to chip in for the final payment.
And make sure to consider your end of lease cleaning and gardening needs when providing your current energy provider with a disconnection date. Don’t have the power switched off before you’ve had the opportunity to do a DIY cleaning busy-bee, or to let any trades people or cleaners in to your vacated property to make things spick and span so that you can get your bond back. If you accidentally have the power switched off before your final clean is scheduled, you can always call the provider to arrange a temporary connection that you can cancel after you’re sure all move-out tasks are complete.
Hint: Make sure that you’ve changed your address with all your essential services. Here’s a handy list.
Now you’ve done the groundwork, you shouldn’t have an issue walking into your new home and flicking the switches. But to remove any worry about this, you can opt-in to updates from your provider. For instance, AGL sends SMS updates to customers, so you always know how your setup is tracking.
Don’t forget to pack a moving kit! Have everything you’ll need in the first 24 hours, from simple cutlery to toilet paper, to your phone charger and a change of clothes in one place. A suitcase is a great option for your moving kit container. You’ll thank yourself when you don’t have to go hunting through boxes.
While it can feel like you’re living in a sea of moving boxes, hopefully, the joy of the new house is making it all worthwhile. If your new home has a smart meter, get ready to embrace a new era of energy insights. The AGL Energy App works with your smart meter, giving you on-the-go insights into how you’re using gas and electricity. This is extremely valuable while you get used to your new home. If you find that your usage is a little different to what you expected, or you’re not entirely sure that you’re on the right plan, check in with your provider.
It pays to be with AGL. View electricity and gas plans here.