Home Insurance When a house is unoccupied, should you shut off the utilities?

When a house is unoccupied, should you shut off the utilities?


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 house is being sold if, on the contrary, there is a long-running probate appeal. 

You should also find out the cost and time it will take to restore your essential services. Will you spend less money by turning off the essential services and paying to restore them than you would if you had left them on?


Both scenarios have their pros and cons

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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