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How to Choose Your Moving Date

Owain Banfield
Written by Owain Banfield
26th January 2018 (Last updated on Monday 19th August 2019)

Once your offer has been accepted on a house and you've had your property survey results, you'll need to decide on your moving date as soon as possible. You will need to book a removal date so you can begin organising everything else that comes with moving house. Firstly, you will need to compare conveyancing solicitors, begin packing and book your removal company in enough time.

As always Compare My Move are here with some top advice on choosing your move date. Whether you are buying or renting, we highlight tips and considerations below which should be taken when deciding when to move. 

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This article will cover the following points

Choosing a Moving Date as a Renter Choosing a Moving Date as a Buyer Moving House and Starting a New Job Moving House and Moving Schools Choosing Your Moving House Date Save Money on Your House Removals

Choosing a Moving Date as a Renter

Arguably, renting a house will help to make it easier when it comes to choosing a moving date. 

You should carefully read your rental agreement, ensuring you understand the document. This will give you an idea of any notice you will need to give on moving out of the property. It will also help you understand any work that may need to be done in order to qualify to receive your deposit back in full once you have moved.

For example, it may state that the house or flat needs to be professionally cleaned with no stains, marks or scuffs on flooring and any cosmetic alterations such as paint or hooks for pictures needing to be put back to their original state.

Once you have read through your agreement and understood the timelines in terms of your commitment, as well as any waiting time in terms of moving into your new property, you will be able to select a move date that fits accordingly. 

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Choosing a Moving Date as a Buyer

When buying a property or moving from a property you own, it can be more difficult to find a suitable date to secure as your official day of moving. This is especially true when you are part of a chain of movers waiting for properties to become available, therefore having an external force which dictates when you will be able to physically move. 

Much of the timing in this situation will be down to the terms of agreement between yourselves and current home owner. For example, they may have not found a new home and therefore will not agree to move out until they have found one. This can mean a very long time to wait before being able to set a date. Equally, if the current home owner has any other issue with their new home or other challenges such as a large amount of contents to pack and move, then this can equally delay the process.

Once the current owner of your new home has decided they can move they are likely to give a date on which they will be vacating the property. It makes sense to plan your move as soon as possible after this date, however there is usually nothing stopping you from delaying this. Of course, this does depend on your agreement with those that are purchasing your current property from you. 

Moving House and Starting a New Job

One of the other major factors which will impact your moving date is whether you are also moving your job. This can impact in two ways. Firstly, if you are moving far away, the start date of your new and finish date of your old job may well dictate exactly when you are able to move. For example, if you are able to move immediately, but your working contract does not end for a month then either you will have to wait to move or accept that there will be a long commute. 

Equally it is likely that you will need some time off in order to move and settle into your new home. Of course, if your new employer is understanding and flexible they may allow you a few days to undertake the effort involved in moving. Yet in many cases this isn’t possible, so communicating well with your employer your moving plans and requesting some leave or unpaid leave will give you some time to get this done. 

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Moving House and Moving Schools

Do any members of your household attend school or local college? 

If you're moving house with children, securing a moving date can be even more of a challenge. This does depend at which stage the individual in question is at in their education. For example, if they are at a crucial point during their school career, such as close to exams, then it is unlikely that a school will let them leave until their exams are over or there is a natural break such as a major holiday break.

At other times this can be easier, with many school moves taking place during term time, as long as there isn’t too much of an impact on the individual given the amount of time they will take out of the educational system. Do your research to ensure they will secure a new school place.

It is also worth considering how emotionally difficult this process may be for those within education. It is likely that they will have created a friend group and will be familiar with the school environment and those that work there. Pulling them out of this without much warning or time to adjust can be upsetting. For this reason, where possible it is best to move during a natural school break, in order to provide a natural process of leaving. This will also benefit with starting at the new place of education as most syllabuses will be gently broken back into after a break. 

Choosing Your Moving House Date

If you're flexible on choosing a moving out date, the best day to move house in the UK is a Friday, the cheapest day to move house is a Sunday and the most popular month to move house is August, according to Compare My Move's data. Whilst a Friday is a good day to move house with the weekend to give you enough time to get settled in, a Sunday or a Wednesday are the cheapest days to move house.

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