Friday is the most popular day to move house

Michael Lloyd

July 31, 2018


Friday is the most popular day to move house, Thursday is the most expensive and Sunday is the cheapest, Compare My Move has found.

Most of Britain prefer to move in the summer and on a Friday, though in Wales they favour Wednesday, and in Yorkshire and the Humber movers wait until December.

David Sayce, co-founder of Compare My Move, said: “Our research shows that Friday still reigns supreme for movers across Britain, with a huge 30% of movers choosing this day.

“With one day off work netting you three days to get settled in with the help of the weekend, 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.”

He added: “Only 5% 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 make bucking the trend worth it.

“Whenever you choose to move, remember to always compare multiple removal companies, always be prepared to negotiate, and always expect a free house survey for a watertight quote.”

After analysing nearly 65,000 house moves, Friday reigns supreme across every region in Britain, all except the regions of Wales and central London. In fact, 30% of all Compare My Move house moves were on a Friday in 2017.

Friday has long been a favourite for house movers keeping the time off work to minimum, and taking full advantage of the weekend to unpack. 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.

Movers in Wales are unique in the fact that their favoured day to move is a Wednesday and Saturday is the least popular day to move in Wales, compared to every other region where they neglect a Sunday move.

The most popular month to move in Britain is August, with movers taking full advantage of the (somewhat) dependable weather and long, bright days.

A few regions buck the overall trend, with July being the favoured month for moves in the South West, North East, North West, and Scotland. September is favoured by movers in Wales, the West Midlands, and the East Midlands.

Compare My Move users in Yorkshire and the Humber region buck the trend completely however, with a majority waiting until December to move, a month generally shunned by other regions.

Overall, movers in Britain prefer a summer move, with the months of June, July and August collectively being the busiest months for Compare My Move removal partners.

However region-by-region, movers in Wales, the West Midlands, the East Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber prefer to wait for an autumnal move, whereas movers in the North East prefer to renew their living arrangements in spring.

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