Having a list of apartments ready for you to view when you land in London is just one of the services from London Relocation. Your move will involve a host of small details that you want to get sorted as fast as possible. Part of our One-Stop service is making sure that ALL the small details are sorted out for you. Whether it’s just great advice or waiting for the Cable Guy to arrive, to helping you with opening a bank account. We’re here for you…
Telephones and Mobile Phones in London
Just as soon as you have signed the lease on your new London apartment you’ll want to get connected to the outside world. It will be beneficial to have a landline installed as soon as possible. Existing via mobile phone is fine, but when you are moving to a new country and trying to establish credit, open bank accounts and register for a doctor it is useful to have a landline number registered in your name.
Getting a land line is pretty simple. There are many different landline service providers, but you’ll have to get the actual line installed by British Telecom (BT) to be able to activate your service. You can sign up for the minimum amount of time and then swop to your preferred service provider. If you find a service provider that offers a great deal on international calling from a landline then ask if they can buy the line from BT and charge you accordingly.
Having a landline installed is one of the fastest ways of establishing credit in the UK. It is one of the easiest contracts that you can get and it establishes your bona finds if you’re trying to open an account at a store or get a loan.
To get a contract for a mobile phone is more difficult. Until you get settled you can easily use the Pay-as-you-go system on your existing phone. If your phone does not work in the UK, then you can purchase a cheap phone for very little at stores and markets across the city.
You can also request your international SIM card before you travel. Ritesim and Cello Mobile have very convenient offers. They are easy to activate before your travel and it will work when you land in the foreign country while you avoid having to show your ID or having local resident status.
Getting connected is one of the first ways of establishing yourself in any new country. Your relocation to London does not mean that you have to lose contact with the folks back home for a second.
Staying in touch with folks back home after your relocation to London means getting connected to the internet, as soon as you arrive. If you have not yet found a London apartment it can be difficult to stay connected to the internet without having a fixed address and a landline for your connection.
Getting connected to the internet may be easy in London, but the wide variety of service providers can make the choice quite difficult. The best bet is to get your internet service from your telephone provider. That way you only have to deal with one installation and you can be online and chatting to your family and friends back home.
Skype is the most popular international online chat program in the UK, although you may be able to access your Vonage account when you are moving to London if that is your regular provider.
Ask your service provider about their mobile internet access as well, and you can start using the broadband network on your laptop and mobile phone to access the internet when you are not at home.
A Word on Wi-Fi
Your move abroad does not mean that you are moving to a Wi-Fi less society. London is one of the most connected cities on the planet and you can find free Wi-Fi hotspots across the city without any difficulty at all. If you’re waiting for your phone line and internet to be installed, and you need a dose of American culture then just head off to your local Starbucks and hook up. If you’re right in the heart of ‘The City’ then the entire area is a Wi-Fi zone, unfortunately it is not free unless you own an iphone or have a broadband contract with O2.
There are so many ways that you can make your relocation to London easier and simpler. Figure out what is important in your life and plan the details of your move according to that.
Relocation to London – Getting the ‘Leccy On!
When you moving to London you will be setting up a new home in a foreign country. This means that things are done a little differently that you may be used to or you may even find that it is completely different altogether. For the most part, you’ll have a steep learning curve if you haven’t done a little homework before you embark on your transatlantic migration.
When moving into any new home, you’ll want to be sure that you’re connected to all of the utilities before you spend have to spend your first night in a freezing flat with no lights. This is where London Relocation provides the foremost service in the city. Not only do we make finding a property much easier, we also arrange for details like electricity, gas and water. It will make the world of difference when you are trying to adjust to a new city in a foreign country.
It is the responsibility of the tenant to make sure that the utilities have been turned on in the UK. If you are doing it alone, you will have to contact each authority or service provider to get connected when you move into your new London apartment.
The first thing you need to do is locate the electricity or gas and water meters and take a reading. You don’t want to be billed for a previous tenant’s usage in your first month. Your landlord or rental agent will be able to give you a list of the utilities service providers when you sign the lease. Nonetheless, the most popular are Southern Electric for electricity and Thames Water.
You do not have to stay connected to the same service provider as the previous tenants. You’ll have to compare prices and see which one suits your lifestyle and your energy needs best. One you have signed up you’ll either have to pay your monthly bill by check or by debit order from your UK bank account.
It’s these sorts of details that can really add a huge amount of stress to your international move. Having an expert in London Relocation means that you don’t have to worry about finding the meter, or calling the gas company, or waiting for the cable guy – It’s all done for you as part of the service.