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What is the Best Day to Move House?

Owain Banfield
Written by Owain Banfield
6th June 2018 (Last updated on Thursday 11th April 2019)

Friday is the best day to move house according to Compare My Move data. Every year we help thousands of UK movers with their house removals, and around 30% of them opt to move on a Friday, making it by far the most popular day to move house.

Although the best day for a large chunk of UK movers, Friday is not without its drawbacks. Remember the golden rule: choose Friday if you want the smallest disruption to your working life, and choose midweek for the assurance that you'll be able to solve potential issues quickly.

In this article we'll explore your options across the week, exploring which moving days are best for you.

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This article will cover the following points

Friday is the Most Popular Day to Move in the UK Why Friday is the Best Day to Move Avoiding a Friday Move What is the Cheapest Day to Move House? The Best Day to Move in Your Region Choosing the Best Moving Day

Friday is the Most Popular Day to Move in the UK

Of the nearly 66,500 UK movers that used Compare My Move last year, 30% arranged to move on a Friday. This is by far the most popular day, with Saturday a distant second, with 18% of users opting to move on that day. Even then, many of these movers will likely complete on Friday and move on the Saturday.

The key reason for this is the weekend gives movers plenty of time to unpack and get adjusted. Moving house can be stressful, which is why having enough time to do it properly is key.

The least popular day to move is Sunday, which 5% of people opt to move on. Sunday is out of hours for solicitors and estate agents, banks and a whole range of other services. This means real difficulty in solving any problems that may arise, and with the working week looming it makes little sense from the average mover’s point of view. 

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Compare My Move User Data 2017

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Why Friday is the Best Day to Move

According to Compare My Move users, Friday is the best day to move.

The main reason such a huge amount of people move on a Friday is simply because it’s the gateway to the weekend. It’s the traditional day for moving house, and it’s easy to see why. Booking Friday off work to move means a healthy three days to get settled and unpacked in your new home.

Plus, as the most popular day, choosing a Friday move will mean less disruption to the housing chain if you’re buying a property.  Completion on the Friday morning, followed by a long weekend to move in makes for an ideal moving process.

Here are a few points to keep in mind when moving on a Friday:

  • Book your house removals well in advance, simply because it’s such a popular day for house movers and demand is high. This will keep removal costs down too.
  • Make sure you complete in the morning, as the bank deadline for transferring money is usually 3pm.
  • If anything goes wrong with the chain and you miss the 3pm transfer deadline, you’ll have to wait until the next working day (Monday!).
  • Arrange for your solicitor to perform all pre-completion work ahead of the Friday so that things go smoothly. This includes signing of mortgage deeds, and the ordering of mortgage monies. Any issues with funds clearing will mean delays.
  • Factor in a heightened likelihood of delays from the likes of estate agents.
  • If anything goes wrong with utilities or if you need to contact your solicitor, it’s likely you’ll have to wait until Monday.
  • Remember your moving house etiquette.
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Avoiding a Friday Move

Moving on Friday is clearly the most popular day, but if you can live with having a few extra days off work, opting to move midweek may be the best option. 

Choosing a midweek move may mean a saving. Although your removal company shouldn’t charge you more for a Friday move, due to less of a demand there may be a midweek discount to the cost of moving house to take advantage of.

With only 9% of our users opting for a Tuesday move for example, removal companies may lower their rates to entice movers. In fact, our data shows that Tuesday is the cheapest midweek day to move, and is 17% cheaper than moving on a Friday.

Generally, you should choose the midweek if you want to avoid a busy move and want the assurance that if something goes wrong, the problem can be resolved quickly during working hours. You'll avoid a weekend rate for tradesmen if something goes wrong in your new home, and a quick response from utility companies so you won't be left in the dark.

Moving on a Saturday may be an option if you want to avoid having time off work, but keep in mind you'll need to arrange everything with your solicitor ahead during the working week if you're buying. You should compare conveyancing solicitors so you get the best deal too.

Now that you've chosen the best day for moving house, find out the best time of the year to move.

What is the Cheapest Day to Move House?

Sunday is the cheapest day to move house, with an average three bedroom house move costing £683. Compare My Move looked at the average quotes received by a sample of its users, and discovered that although Sunday was the cheapest day to move, Thursday was in fact the most expensive day for a three bedroom move.

Sunday has proven to be the most unpopular day for house moves, with only 5% of movers choosing the day. This might explain the cheaper rate, as companies may be trying to entice movers. However, if you're looking for a midweek move then the second cheapest option is Tuesday at £755, more than 20% cheaper than the weekly overall average cost. Tuesday is the second most unpopular day for moving house, which again may be the reason for the lower cost. 

So, the top tip if you're looking for a cheaper move is to buck the trend and choose an unpopular day such as Sunday or Tuesday.

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Sample of Compare My Move Data 2017

The Best Day to Move in Your Region

We've looked at the nearly 66,500 moves arranged through Compare My Move last year, to discover which is every region of Britain's favourite day to move house. We've discovered that Friday reigns supreme across every region in Britain, all except the regions of Wales and Central London.

The favourite day to move in Wales is on Wednesday according to Compare My Move users. In fact, in contrast to the other regions in Britain, Friday is the least popular work day to move in Wales. Plus, the least popular day to move is a Sunday in every other region, whereas users moving in Wales were least likely to move on a Saturday.

Our data shows that the favourite day to move in Central London is Saturday, though Friday comes in at a close second. This is likely to be Londoners wanting to miss the traffic during the rush hour that is the working week in the capital.

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Choosing the Best Moving Day

Compare My Move can help you choose the perfect moving day for you needs, and save you up to 70% on your house removal costs in the process. Just fill in a quick and easy form, including your preferred moving day, and get connected with up to 6 professional removal companies to find the best deal on your moving day.

Whether you’re moving on a Friday or even a Monday, you'll want to be prepared. Stay as organised as possible leading up to moving day using our moving house checklist.