Broadband is considered an essential utility – and one you don't want to be without when moving home. Here's how to ensure you stay connected and get the best deal for your needs.

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Broadband might not be at the top of your agenda when buying a home, but it is important to consider in plenty of time in the lead-up to Move Day.

Moving your current broadband

If you are happy with your current broadband service, or are tied into a contract, you may opt to take it with you to your new address. If this is the case, bear in mind you’ll need to give the provider at least 30 days’ notice.

There won’t usually be a cancellation fee to pay in this scenario, but a small administration fee may apply. You may also find you are tied into a fresh 12-month contract.

Switching broadband

If you are not tied into a contract or don’t object to paying your way out of your current one – leaving early usually means having to pay for the remaining contracted months – moving home can present a perfect opportunity to switch deals.

You could find this gives you access to better broadband service, a cheaper monthly payment or – in best case scenario – even both.

Shop around at a comparison website such as and find out what providers service your new area and what kind of deals and speeds they offer.

What to consider when moving your broadband

If you’re in the market for a new broadband deal, be sure not to waste the opportunity.

This time around for example, you may want to get a bundled package which includes a phone line and TV. Use our 'Essential broadband glossary' to help guide you through the process.

It’s also worth checking what broadband speeds you can get at your new address with a broadband speed checker. Although bear in mind this works on a postcode, not individual address, basis.