Moving house means moving far more than just your furniture.

You also need to “move” your gas, water and electricity supplies, set up a new landline and organise the TV and broadband service. And with working from home the new normal for many, a seamless changeover is more crucial than ever.

For utilities the process is simple. The first step is to let your suppliers know that you are moving. According to Citizens Advice you should give at least 48 hours’ notice.

Read your meters on moving day – take a photo of the meter just case you don’t agree with your final bill, and give your supplier a forwarding address.

At your new home you will want to find the best value energy supplier.

There are numerous energy switching websites which you can use to research your options. Don’t be afraid to switch to a firm you’ve never heard of. According to Which? the best suppliers in the UK are Octopus Energy, Ebico, Bulb and Pure Planet, and none of them are exactly household names.

The only thing that might stand in your way of switching and saving is if you are currently on a fixed-term tariff with an early exit penalty fee. It may be cheaper to move your tariff to the new property – if possible – and think about switching when the contract is up.

For broadband you need to decide whether to bring your existing package with you or change to something new. If you are mid-contract you might have the same penalty fee situation as with utilities. Ask your provider how much this will be, so you can work out whether changing firms will save you money.

If you won’t save by switching immediately, make a note to check out the deals when your contract is almost up.

If you are fancy-free you need to find out what’s available at your new postcode. The Broadband Choices website or can generate a list of all local providers.

As well as studying the form for the fastest speeds and lowest costs, do consider deals where you get a phone line thrown in and free calls (a massive boon for home workers). And you can often save money by opting for a broadband and TV bundle.

It is also worth asking your new neighbours what services they use and what they think of them.

One health warning for people who need their computer to work right away is that it is sometimes necessary for an engineer to visit your property to – in lieu of technical jargon – “switch on the broadband”. This might take a day or three.

If your move is very local you might be able to keep your phone number; otherwise you are going to have to remember a new one. But you can ask for calls to your old number to be redirected so you don’t miss anyone important.

Sometimes, however, the best advice about moving your tech from home to home is the simplest.

Before you unplug the spaghetti of cables – and prior to putting them into labelled plastic bags, obviously – take a photo of the set-up to make it easier to put it all together again once you have unpacked at your new home.

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