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What you should know about home heating oil when you move house

At this time of year the property market in Ireland seems to come alive, as the spring and summer months are the most popular times to sell your home. When you move house there are so many things to juggle, from solicitors to packing boxes to changing your address on every little thing, but what should you know about home heating oil when you move house? To make sure you have one less thing to worry about when you’re moving, read our handy checklist below for all the answers.

  • Before you buy a house, check out the state of the heating system. Does it run on home heating oil or gas? How old is the boiler? If you suspect the boiler will need replaced before you can move in, negotiate on the price through your solicitor or estate agent – remember, a new boiler can cost around £1500 plus installation charges, so this could be a sizeable part of your budget gone soon after you move in.

 

  • Take a walk outside the property and inspect the oil tank. Is it in good shape? You should look out for signs of rust, damp patches, deep scratches, or indentations. Check out our blog post on inspecting your oil tank for damage for more details on what to look for here, and the consequences to be prepared for if this is something you’re willing to let slip if you really, really want this new property.

 

  • If you’re planning to extend or do some renovation work to your new home when you move in which will require the relocation of the home heating oil tank, make sure you call in a professional engineer to carry out this work for you.

 

  • On the day that you move in, check how much home heating oil you have in the tank, and how quickly you’ll need to order. We can provide an instant quote and speedy delivery times if you move in and realise there’s not a drop left! No one wants to spend their first night in a freezing house, with no hot water for a shower the next day either.

 

  • Always arrange to have your boiler serviced when you move in, if there’s no documentation left behind from the previous owners about when it was last checked over by an engineer. Having a faulty boiler can lead to all sorts of problems, the worst being a carbon monoxide leak which could potentially be fatal.

 

  • If you are planning to move house and you still have a large amount of oil left in your tank, you can either negotiate that the new buyers buy it and leave it in the tank, or arrange for the oil to be transferred to a new property.

 

  • When you move, you need to inform your utilities companies that you are leaving your current address and provide your new details. If you need to arrange for the fuel at your existing property to be relocated to the new one, this is perfect time to arrange it. Let us know if you are moving and we can update your new address details on our systems.