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Should you shut down the utilities when a home has been left vacant?


If a home is to be left unoccupied for a period of time – perhaps it’s a second home between holiday lets or a home awaiting probate after the death of a relative – it may be tempting to turn off the utilities to save a little money. 

This blog examines if it’s better to turn off the gas, electricity and water supplies or leave them running while the home is empty.


How long is the property expected to be vacant?

First, you need to determine how long the property will be empty. If it’s between lets and someone will be arriving within a month, it’s probably impractical to turn off the water and power.

It may be better to keep them off while the property goes through a long probate appeal. 

Before you shut down your essential services, find out how fast they can be restored. Also, how much this would cost. Will you be able to save money by turning them off, and then paying for their restoration?


There are pros and cons to both scenarios

If you’re looking to sell the property, it may be a better option to leave utilities on as a warm home with decent lighting is always a…

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