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When is the Best Time to Move House?

Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
31st January 2017

Finding the best time to move house, whether you are buying or selling, usually depends on your lifestyle, family, and financial position.

That said, spring is often the most suitable season due to:

  • Things have settled down after Christmas, it’s easier to spend time property searching before the school holidays.
  • The good lighting, mild temperature and weather conditions
  • There are fewer holidays to move around, and your children can be in school and out of your way.

No matter when you decide to move house, hiring a removal company will save you money and give you extra time to prepare for your move. Remember to leave plenty of time; it usually takes 3-6 months between selling your house and moving.

This article will cover the following points

When is the Best Time to Sell Your House? When Should You Move with Children? Moving in Summer Holidays Moving Before or After Christmas Does Time of Year Affect Removal Rates? Follow the Moving Timeline

When is the Best Time to Sell Your House?

The best time to sell your house is usually Spring. The good weather means your garden will be in full bloom, making the house look more appealing to potential buyers. 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, there are more buyers in spring, making it the best time to sell.

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.

That said, waiting for autumn could also be a good idea as people are back from their summer holidays and, if they are looking to buy, usually want to move in before Christmas.

When Should You Move with Children?

If you are moving with children who will start at a new school, it might be better for you to move towards the end of the summer holidays. This will give your children time to settle in to their new home and start the new school year along with everyone else, rather than come in halfway through.

That said, moving house while your children are in school might make the move easier as they will be out of the way and kept busy.

Moving in Summer Holidays

Moving during the summer can be difficult – the heat can make the moving process unpleasant, so you might want to reconsider moving during this time unless you have no other option. Estate agents, buyers and sellers are often on holiday as well, making the summer a quiet time for house moves.

However, if your children are moving schools, it’s a good idea to move during the summer holidays so they don’t arrive halfway through the academic year.

Moving Before or After Christmas

Moving house just before or after Christmas can present you with several challenges. You will have to be extremely organised, and work around Christmas parties and New Years’ celebrations. The cold weather may also make the move harder, as weather conditions are more extreme and icy roads can be dangerous.

That said, if you are looking to buy and want to start searching for properties, Christmas is a busy time.

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

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 get you cheaper removals services.

Weekend moves usually command higher rates from removal companies, so if it is possible, try to move during the week if you can get time off work.

Ultimately, the best time to move depends on your personal circumstances, but spring is ideal in terms of prospective buyers, good weather, removal company rates and working around holidays.

Follow the Moving Timeline

No matter when you decide to move, it is going to take a lot of planning. Follow our simple timeline and tick off each task to stay on track and move house on time.


Last updated on Monday 13th November 2017