Moving home is stressful at the best of times, even before thinking about signing up and switching providers. If possible, it is always best to line up a broadband package before you actually make the move to your new house. It is also a time when you can take advantage of current deals and packages that you may not be able to get in your current area. To find the best broadband deal in your area take a look at our broadband postcode checker.
Broadband speeds vary in different areas of the country, and so it is important to find out what the capabilities are like in the area you will be moving to. You may be able to get a fibre broadband deal where you are now but it may not be possible in your new location. You can find out what is available where you are moving to by using a broadband speed checker like the one on broadband.co.uk.
If you are currently on an ADSL package, you may be delighted to find out that the area you are moving to has superfast fibre optic cables and you can start taking advantage of these speeds. You will need to find out from your current supplier if you are able to upgrade to a fibre optic broadband when you move to your new address, if not you may have to wait until the end of the contract before upgrading.
When you originally signed up with your current broadband provider it is likely you will have signed a 12 or 18-month contract, which will mean that if you move out, you may need to pay a cancellation charge which could cost more than it is worth. Therefore, the best option when moving is to move your current broadband package over to your new home. Make sure that the provider is aware that you are looking to switch the current package over to the new address and not start a completely new broadband contract.
If you are near the end or you are on a rolling contract, then it will be better to try and switch providers straight away. This is because a lot of broadband providers now offer deals whereby you pay less for the first 12 months or so. If you can keep track of your contracts, then you can always save money by switching as soon as these discounted periods end.
While mobile coverage doesn’t necessarily relate to broadband speeds in your area, it is still worth checking what the coverage is like in your area so that when yu move you will have a backup on your phone.
This is especially critical when you first move as it is likely that there will be a period of a few weeks before broadband is installed. You may be able to use your mobile phone as a hotspot for your Internet connection if your smartphone has this feature. If there is a strong 4G signal in your area and you have a large data plan on your mobile, then you should be able to cope for a few weeks before broadband is eventually installed in your home.
If you are currently on an ADSL package, this may be a great time to upgrade to fibre broadband and benefit from superfast speeds. There are two types of fibre optic broadband, there is fibre provided by a phone line from the likes of BT Broadband, Plusnet or Sky and there is also Virgin Media broadband which is broadband provided via dedicated fibre optic cable.
Virgin Media have speeds of up to 200mb and so is a better option if speed is needed in your household. Consider this if you have a large family and do a lot of data intensive downloads such as streaming, gaming or large file downloads. You can check on Virgin Media’s Website what you are able to get near you.
Many suppliers will have deals on at various times of the year, for example, there was recently a Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal with providers like Sky Broadband and BT Broadband. If you are looking to move home around times like this, then it is worth checking to see what offers suppliers currently have. You can also go to sites like Money Saving Expert to see what the best deals are at the moment.
Cashback sites are an additional benefit to be considered with any new broadband package. Take a look at sites like Quidco and TopCashback for the top cashback rates for broadband providers. The amount you get in cashback should be taken into account on your overall package as this could reduce the overall yearly spend on broadband.