How to set up and manage your bills

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By Anwen Williams

Possibly the worst thing about moving into a new house is setting up the bills. If the cost of bills isn’t included in your rent, you’re going to have to set them up and pay them between you. This includes the gas, electricity and water. When you move into your new house, you’ll need to take the gas and electricity meter readings and pass them on to your current or new suppliers. It’s always a good idea to take a picture of these and keep them as a record, if you ever need proof in the future.

It’s definitely worth looking in to switching providers if you find a better deal, as every little helps, and you could find it saves you a good few bucks. There’s loads of great offers for students out there. If you need more guidance, look at websites such as The Student Room for some extra tips on where to look and what to look for. Don’t jump at the first offer you receive. Make sure you have others to base your decision on, even if you choose the first one after all.

Something else you’ll need to set up alongside these is your internet, but that’s pretty straight forward. It’s a good idea to share the responsibilities with the rest of your house, and make sure everyones doing their bit. It’s pretty overwhelming for one person to be in charge of the entire house bills. Sharing is caring.

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