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When is the Best Time to Move House?

Martha Lott
Written by Martha Lott
16th August 2019 (Last updated on Wednesday 18th September 2019)

The UK's favourite time to move house is during the Summer, with the majority of moves happening in August, according to new data from Compare My Move.

We've analysed data from over 95,000 house removals in 2019 to reveal that the majority of UK home movers prefer to move house in August, leaving Winter months the least favourite time of year to move.

The best time to move house depends on many factors including lifestyle, family and finance, and will change if you’re looking to buy or sell a house. Compare My Move explore which time of year is best for you.

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This article will cover the following points

The Most Popular Time to Move Across Britain The Best Time of Year to Move House When is the Best Time to Sell Your House? Does Time of Year Affect Removal Rates? Booking the Best Time

The Most Popular Time to Move Across Britain

We've crunched the numbers, and we can reveal that although the favourite season to move across Britain is Summer, region by region the favourite differs. Autumn is the favoured season for movers in the West Midlands and the North East, with movers in Northern Ireland and Scotland opting to move house in Spring.

Popular Time to Move House Across Britain

Compare My Move User Data 2019

Across the nation the overall favourite month to move is August, which is also the overall favourite month for movers in Greater and Central London, the East of England, and the South East.

July is the favourite month for movers in Wales and East Midlands, whilst October is favoured by movers in the West Midlands and the North East. Interestingly, Compare My Move users moving in the Yorkshire and the Humber region buck the trend completely, with a majority moving in January, the same goes for the North West. Northern Ireland movers prefer a move in April. 

The Best Time of Year to Move House

Summer is the most popular season to move house across the UK, with most UK regions opting to move house in August. A Friday in August is the most popular day to move house. With long, bright days and dependable weather, August is an obvious choice for moving house. If you’re moving with children who will start at a new school, taking advantage of the August summer holiday gives your children time to settle in to their new home ahead of the new school year. Moving in August would certainly help them to secure a new school place

Which season is best for you to move house?

Moving House in Spring

The second most popular season to move as things start to freshen up and get lighter, moves in Spring are boosted by the season being traditionally favoured for selling a house. The good lighting, mild temperature and somewhat-predictable weather conditions make Spring a good choice. Plus, Spring has a range of bank holidays to take advantage of a long weekend to unpack.

Moving House in Summer

Summer is the favourite season to move, and for good reason. Families can take advantage of the huge Summer holidays to get children settled, long bright days and predictable weather. It’s likely that many buyers that looked during spring will be completing the buying process in Summer too. As the most popular season to move, things will get busy however. Remember to book your removals well in advance if you have a particular date in mind.

Moving House in Autumn

The joint second most popular season to move house, mainly on account of September being a hugely popular month. As Summer fades, you’ll still get dependable weather and longer days in September than at the latter end of Autumn. As Summer is the peak time for removal companies, it’s likely that moving in Autumn you’ll get a more enticing rate. Why not get a house removal quote for an accurate cost today? 

Moving House in Winter

The UK’s least favourite season for moving, on account of bleak weather and short, dark days. The cold weather may also make the move harder, as weather conditions are more extreme and icy roads can be dangerous. December and November are the least favourite months to move house in the UK. Keep in mind that you will have to be extremely organised, and work around Christmas parties and New Years’ celebrations. 

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When is the Best Time to Sell Your House?

According to estate agents, the best time to sell your house is spring. The good weather means your garden will be in full bloom, making the house look more appealing to potential buyers. Plus, prospective buyers are also more willing to house hunt in good weather.

Keep in mind that the timing of your move will also be affected by your estate agent and solicitor. Maintain communication with them to ensure they are up to date on what needs to be done and they are ready for the exchange of contracts.

Generally though, there are more buyers in spring, making it the best time to start the selling process.

The key market for the property industry is spring, from March heading into summer. This is the best market to take advantage of as most people look to move before summer so you have both available properties and active buyers."
Mark Lawrinson, Regional Sales Director, Portico London estate agents.

Autumn also proves to be a popular time to sell a house, as buyers are back from their summer holidays and will want to move in before Christmas. Whenever you decide to sell your house, ensure plenty of time. You’ll want to list your home as early as possible, because there can be as much as 3 to 6 months between starting the selling process and actually moving from your home. So listing your property during winter is a great idea if you’re looking for a spring sale.

Enquiries for properties and web visits to property portals always reach an annual high around the Christmas period – people are off work, reflecting on a year passed and a year ahead – and so that interest becomes a reality into January and February."Mike Shrubsall, Managing Director, Martin & Co
Claire Watson, 28th January 2019
"Quick, efficient and friendly service. Everything was moved with care. Great value for money."

Does Time of Year Affect Removal Rates?

Regarding the time of year, off peak times such as the spring or after the summer holidays can usually result in cheaper removal costs too.

According to Compare My Move data, Tuesday, Thursday and Monday are the most expensive days to move house in 2019, with Sunday remaining the cheapest day, following closely by Wednesday and Saturday. Friday stands as the most popular day and costs on average £937.19. 

Ultimately, the best time to move depends on your personal circumstances, but Spring/Summer is ideal in terms of prospective buyers, good weather, removal company rates and working around holidays. For a full breakdown on the price of moving, check out our moving house calculator.

Booking the Best Time

Once you've chosen the perfect time of year to move, read our guide on the best day to move house for more information. Whether you're fighting the crowds and moving in August, or braving the snow in bleak midwinter, use Compare My Move to save time and money on your house removals.

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