Home moving experts, Compare My Move, have been crunching the numbers and found the most popular, most expensive and cheapest days to move home across the UK.
After analysing data from nearly 95,000 UK movers that moved house with Compare My Move during 2019, the firm found that the most popular day to move house in Britain is Friday, with 34% of home movers opting to move on the gateway to the weekend. Friday has long been a favourite for house movers keeping the time off work to a minimum and taking full advantage of the weekend to unpack.
Greater London and Northern Ireland prefer alternative days with Saturday and Wednesday being the most popular moving days in these regions respectively.
The most expensive day according to the data is Tuesday costing on average £1,110.36 – 21% above the weekly average. The cheapest and least popular day is Sunday with only 2.69% of movers opting for this. However, it cost only £717.13 – a 21% saving on the weekly average. Moving on a Sunday is almost universally deemed a bad idea by movers in Britain and with the closure of banks and the winding down of key services on a Sunday, plus the looming Monday morning, it’s easy to see why.
The most popular month to move in Britain is August, with movers taking full advantage of the (somewhat) dependable weather and long, bright days. Families tend to choose August to move to settle children ahead of the new school year.
A few regions buck the overall trend, with July being the favoured month for moves in Wales and the East Midlands. The North West and Yorkshire and the Humber prefer to move house in January whilst the North East and the West Midlands favour October.
Movers in Northern Ireland choose to move in July and Scotland prefer to move house in May rather than the trend of an August move.
Overall, movers in Britain prefer a Summer move, with August being the busiest month for Compare My Move removal part- ners. However, region-by-region, movers in the North East and the West Midlands prefer to wait for an autumnal move, whereas movers in Scotland and Northern Ireland choose to renew their living arrangements in Spring.
Compare My Move said, “Our research shows that Friday still reigns supreme for movers across Britain, with a huge 34% of movers choosing this day. Booking one day off work nets you three days to get settled in across the weekend, so it’s clear why Friday is such a favourite. If you want to nab a Friday move at a decent rate, make sure you book at least three months ahead of time, and always compare removal quotes.
“If you’re looking for a budget move, our data shows that the cheapest rates are on the most unpopular moving days of Sunday and Tuesday. Only 2.69% of our users opted for a Sunday move, and with businesses and banks winding down on the day of rest and Monday morning looming, it’s easy to see why. However, the potential for off-peak discounts by removal companies wanting to fill their working week on these days makes bucking the trend worth it.
“Whenever you choose to move, remember to always compare multiple removal companies, always be prepared to nego- tiate, and always expect a free house survey for a watertight quote.”