Moving house is a stressful and exciting time. Amidst all the chaos, though, it is important to think about what you're going to do with your internet connection and include it on your moving house checklist.
This guide will help you decide whether to transfer your existing package to your new property or change to something new so you can tick something else off your checklist.
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Are you under contract with your current ISP (internet service provider)?
Has your ISP raised prices mid-contract? If so, a change in the law means you're free to leave without penalty.
Are you happy with your current package and broadband provider?
Does your current provider operate in the area you are moving to?
Can your current provider bundle products like TV, phone and internet together?
If your current ISP doesn't have coverage in the area you're moving to, which providers do have coverage?
If you think any of these issues need addressing, use the uSwitch broadband postcode checker to see which broadband packages are on offer in your new area.
This will also tell you whether your current ISP operates in the area you are moving to. Most ISPs will allow you to move your broadband connection to another property, as long as they have coverage in that area although a small charge may be applicable.
Keeping your provider
It may not always make sense to change. It is worth staying with your current provider and simply transferring your broadband if:
Your current ISP has coverage in your area
You are happy with your broadband connection
You are still under contract and don't want to pay any termination or cancellation costs
Changing your provider
When you move, it makes sense to change to a new broadband provider if:
You are unhappy with their service
You are out of contract and looking for a better deal
Your current ISP does not operate in the area you're moving to
How to transfer
In order to change, you will need to call the provider you want to join and ask them to arrange the switch.
To find your provider's customer services number, please visit our switching broadband guide page.
Moving house checklist — broadband
In order to change, you will need to set a cancellation date for when you want your current package to end. You can then look at which new packages are on offer in the area you're moving to by entering your postcode into our postcode checker. The first step is to contact your provider and find out the following:
When your contract expires
What, if any, fees apply
Then, you can either transfer your connection to your new address or cancel your account, depending upon what best suits your new area.
Remember: Time is of the essence when it comes to setting up your broadband connection in your new property. Planning ahead will help minimise inconvenient waiting times and allow you to get your internet connection up and running as quickly as possible.