These days, having a strong broadband connection at home is extremely important, with many seeing their broadband as their fourth essential utility - alongside water, gas and electric.
You might find it hard to believe, but broadband availability and speed can actually have an effect on property prices, so it's something you really should be aware of - whether you’re buying or selling a home.
Step 1 - check with your existing provider
If you choose to change providers when you move house, make sure you're out of contract, if you’re not you could get hit with a hefty bill and have to pay out the remaining months of your contract.
Speak to your existing provider first and if they’re available in the area that you’re moving to it might be easier and cheaper to stick with them and then move when you’re contract is up for renewal
Step 2 - do your research
When you’re house hunting it’s essential you check the coverage and providers available in the area you’re looking.
Use a broadband availability checker, like the one you’ll find on moneysupermarket.com/broadband to see which providers cover your new area.
Also, if you’re able speak to the current owners or the estate agents of the property about their connection, who their current provider is and what sort of levels of connectivity they get.
There’s nothing more frustrating than moving into your dream home and finding you've got little or no internet. All of a sudden that dream home turns into something of a nightmare.
Step 3 - consider a bundle
If you find yourself switching to a new provider, consider bundling your TV, broadband and phone together. This way you’ll only have one bill and you’ll usually get a much better deal by bundling all your services with one provider.
Different providers offer different services at different costs though so make sure you do your research and choose the right provider for you.
Step 4 - consider new provider set up times
Setting up a broadband account with a new provider can be a time consuming process, so if you need the internet for work or can’t live without being connected to the world wide web, then it will
have to be factored in. When shopping around ask the provider to confirm a switch on date, it may affect your decision. Check with your new provider to see if there’s anything they can do to ease the transition – a mobile broadband dongle for example could keep you going whilst you’re waiting for your new connection to be installed.
Step 5 - look for incentives
Predominantly new customers will get the best deals on broadband and incentives like cashback or Amazon/Tesco/Marks and Spencer vouchers are fairly common. Make the transition easier and nab yourself a little windfall at the same time.