Finding the Spark – A Renovator’s Guide to Utilities


Are you planning on a full home renovation sometime soon? You’re not alone. Over 7.5 million Australians embark on some sort of home improvement each year, 2.2 million of which spend over $5000 on home rebuilds. Whilst minor renovations don’t cause much disruption in day to day living, a major renovation can come with its own set of challenges. One of these challenges includes the setting up and renewal of utilities in a newly renovated home. Today, we have a look at some of the most common utilities that renovators will need to pay attention to post renovations. Read on to find out more! 

  •     Are All The Electricals in Order?

One of the most important utilities in any home is electricity. Electricity is a necessary utility for even the simplest of tasks such as having a working refrigerator or doing the washing. This is why it is so important that you consult with domestic installation experts in the early stages of your home renovation. Ensuring that all electrical lines are in place and in functional order will help you prevent having to live without electricity for a few days. Contacting your electricity provider to ensure that your newly renovated home is fully connected is also incredibly important. We highly recommend consulting with your energy provider at least a few weeks, if not months prior to you settling in your newly renovated home. Doing so will ensure that you prevent any possible delays or disruption in your service. 

  •    Get The WiFi Hooked Up

Another absolute necessity in today’s modern world is an internet connection. Almost every single person will utilise the internet on a daily basis, making it one of the key utilities that renovators should pay attention to. If you have disconnected your internet connection for the duration of your home renovation, it is important that you get into contact with your internet supplier at least a week or two prior to moving in. To reduce any possibility of delays, we highly recommend ensuring that you have everything necessary for an NBN connection in your newly renovated home. Once your NBN is set up, resuming your internet connection will be a piece of cake. 

  •    Gas and Hot Water

Most providers combine gas and hot water as one utility which is why they are usually combined in your monthly bills. If you are a customer of one singular provider for electricity, hot water and gas, then ensuring that everything is connected when you move in again is pretty easy. However, if you happen to be using multiple providers, it is important that you get in contact with all of them to ensure that your gas and hot water situation is settled before you move back into your home. Gas and hot water are responsible for your hot showers, cooking and home heating system, making it an incredibly important resource that every home renovator should get on top as soon as possible. 

  •    Cable Services

If you love unwinding on the couch at the end of a busy day and treating yourself to some well-deserved television, this one’s for you. Whilst cable services aren’t considered a vital necessity, to some people, not having one can result in absolute boredom at home. Ensuring that your cable services are set up involves calling your provider such as Foxtel and getting a technician in to install the necessary equipment in your home. This could take as long as 3 weeks to get sorted out, which is why we recommend getting on top of it at least a month prior to you moving back into your newly renovated home.

  •    Security System Set-Up

If your new home boasts a fancy new security system, don’t forget that you will need to contact your provider to ensure that everything is hooked up to your newly renovated home. This may only be possible once your renovations and electrical lines are set up, but getting this particular utility sorted is of utmost importance for the safety of your home. Don’t forget to call up at least a few weeks prior to moving in to ensure that everything is installed, set up and ready to be used. 

Setting up utilities in your newly renovated home needn’t be a chore. We hope that this article has given you some insight into the utilities you will need to get on top of before moving into your brand spanking new abode.