Do I need broadband for my second home?
Whether or not you need broadband for your second home is largely dependent on how much time you intend to stay there. If it’s empty for most of the year then you’re better off getting a broadband deal without a long-term contract for each time you intend to visit. Bear in mind that you will need to order this a couple of weeks in advance of your visit. Alternatively, if you only use a small amount of internet or are willing to use it less when you’re away, a mobile broadband hotspot may be more suitable.
If you rent out your second property then you can use a temporary contract for your own stay, leaving your tenants to make their own broadband arrangements. You could also get a permanent contract and include the cost in the tenants’ rent during their stay.
If you plan on moving to your new home, or making regular visits to it, then a permanent, long-term broadband contract may work better for you as you will not have to worry about arranging a temporary contract every time you visit. This will also allow you to avoid any set up or connection fees that you may have to pay on a short-term contract.
What if I have a holiday home abroad? What alternatives are there?
If your holiday home is outside of the U.K. then you could consider either a satellite broadband or mobile broadband connection. Satellite broadband will require you to have a satellite dish installed if you do not already have one, while mobile broadband should be available in any location that receives a 3G or 4G connection.
Last reviewed: 01 June 2021
Next review: 01 July 2021