Buying A Bigger Home? You’ll Need To Ask These Questions

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Congratulations on making the decision to upgrade your home! At EnergyAustralia, we want your move to be as easy as possible, especially if you need your power and gas connected. But there’s plenty of other things to remember before the big move, so we’ve put together these questions that you’ll need to ask.

1. How can I keep track of pre-move tasks?

Moving is a lot more than just packing things in boxes. That’s why we’ve put together a printable four-week checklist to get you started with the move. Stick it on the fridge, start ticking off tasks, and make a well-planned move.

2. When will the utilities be connected?

This is a question you should ask early in the process of moving. Give yourself a few weeks to inform your current utility providers that you’ll be moving, and start planning ahead to either re-connect or join new services at your next property. For your energy and gas, EnergyAustralia can guarantee to have you connected on the day you move in – or we’ll give you a $100 credit (terms and conditions apply).

3. Should I upgrade the hot water?

Heating water can make up 25% of your energy usage at home, so it’s a good idea to consider upgrading your new property’s hot water system if it isn’t suitable for your needs. Solar storage water heaters tend to be the most efficient system, and can be assisted by gas on cloudy days. We’ve got a quick guide on the different types of water heaters if you’re still unsure of what’s right for you.

4. What appliances do I need?

Is there space for a dishwasher in the kitchen? Is it time for a smart TV? A bigger home might mean you get to buy new appliances, but you might need to upgrade old ones, too. An old fridge or washing machine could be using more power than you realise! Keep an eye out for Energy Ratings while you’re shopping, and consider purchasing smart appliances that will automatically save power.

5. Does the property have solar?

When you’re upsizing your home, it can be challenging to stop your energy use from upsizing too. Luckily, moving into a new property is the perfect time to invest in a solar power system. Harness the energy of the sun and put a dent in your power use. If you’re not ready for your own solar panels but still want to support renewable energy, we’ve got a range of green energy plans available.

If you’ve asked (and answered) all of these questions, you are definitely a smart mover. Next step: kick up your feet and enjoy your home! At EnergyAustralia, we have a range of electricity and gas plans to suit the needs of your new home, and if you’re an existing customer, you can arrange your move in just 5 minutes.