Wi-Fi and internet – what to do when you move house

From packing your favourite cardigan to arranging the right removal service, there’s a lot to consider when you’re moving home. However, there’s one thing you definitely won’t want to forget – your Wi-Fi and internet setup. Otherwise, how else can you reward yourself with a comfort movie after the stresses of moving day?

If you want to avoid waiting weeks to get online, it’s time to get clued up. Here are some of the key things to consider when you switch your broadband to a new home.

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What to do with your internet contract before you move:

Decide if you’re happy with your current contract

It could be that you’re perfectly happy with your broadband provider. It does just the job that you need, whether you need a fast connection to work from home, or a speedy internet connection to keep up with the latest releases on streaming. However, it’s a different story if your broadband package leaves a lot to be desired.

Check the broadband coverage at your new home

Once you’ve finalised your move and signed contracts, you can start thinking about your broadband options. Depending on where you relocate, you might discover that your current provider doesn’t work there. If this is the case, start looking for a new provider in your area.

Look at your current contract

You may discover the broadband deal of dreams in your new area, but have a look at your current contract first. If you get out of your last contract too early, you could face an early termination fee.

Most broadband contracts have a fixed term period of around 12, 18 or 24 months, after which it rolls on month by month. When you know how much time is left on your contract, you can make the best choice for your circumstances.

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How to move your current broadband provider to a new house:

In many cases, sticking with your current broadband provider is a lot more straightforward than switching over. The process couldn’t be more simple – all you’ll need to do is let your provider know that you’re moving, giving as much notice as possible. Your provider will take care of the rest for you, with the option to use an internet engineer for a small fee.

Even without the help of an engineer, setting up Wi-Fi in your new place should be straightforward. You’ll just need to plug in your Wi-Fi router to activate your connection. Need extra help? Simply call up your provider to have someone talk you through the process.

How to switch to a new broadband provider:

Looking for a new provider? Switching your broadband provider is also fairly simple, but you’ll need a bit more information before reaching your decision.

Check what providers are in your new area

Moving home is a great opportunity to explore the variety of broadband options available to you. By using a postcode checker, you can check out some of the best broadband services in your area, considering both online reviews and your specific budget. This will help you decide whether it’s worth switching your broadband or sticking with your current provider.

Cancel your existing contract

There could be a lot of reasons that you want to cancel your contract, from pricing to the speed of your connection. Before you cancel your existing contract, check to see how much time is left, and if you will be made to pay any cancellation fees. Make sure you are aware of any notice periods – for example, if they need 20 days’ notice, don’t leave it till the last minute to cancel before you move.

Sign up for a new deal

Setting up an entirely new broadband service is not a process that happens overnight. The last thing you want is to be without internet for two weeks, so be sure to secure your new deal a few weeks in advance. If you’re planning to get online sooner rather than later, you’ll want to schedule your installation for the day after you’ve moved in.

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