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A moving day is something that is worth planning weeks or even months in advance. Having to find a new property, apply for a mortgage, hire a conveyancer, book a surveyor and so on will all take time, to say nothing of the effort you’ll need to put into packing everything up. You could easily start searching in the spring and finish moving in just as snow begins to fall.

One of the most important factors to decide in advance will be what time of year you want to move house. Factors like weather and the availability of local removal companies could help or hinder your plans, so it will help to give yourself as much time and freedom as possible to arrange everything for a suitable time.

It may be that you will simply need to wait for the right time to sell. Alternatively, if you are renting then you will need to consider the end date of your contract. Regardless, the right amount of forethought should allow you to avoid any serious problems.

Here is what you need to consider when choosing the best time of year to move house.

What is the most popular time of year for moving house?

Generally speaking, the most popular time of year for moving house tends to be the summer. The warm weather can certainly make moving more pleasant (and less dangerous), while rain or snow can easily make things harder. If you are moving with a family, there is also the advantage of the summer holidays letting kids out of school, not only allowing you to avoid having them miss lessons but also help you to arrange for them to start fresh at the start of a new school year.

However, with the majority of people moving in the summer, this tends to be the busiest time of year for professional removal companies. If you are having to arrange things in a hurry, you may struggle to book your chosen candidates, as their schedules will fill up further in advance.

Keep in mind that you can still take advantage of the weather by waiting until after the main holidays have finished. In a pinch, you can always try to find temporary accommodation if children need to start at a new school or you have to begin a new job role. Again, however, the easiest solution will simply be to arrange things as far in advance as possible.

How to choose when to move house

Looking at the most popular time of year for moving house is one thing, but it is also important to consider your own circumstances. The best time for one mover might be completely inconvenient for another. Here are the most important factors to consider:

  • Major holidays – Trying to move house around Christmas time can be problematic, not just because of the number of people on the road or the stress of organising the holiday, but because wet and slippery conditions can also make moving treacherous. That being said, free days off work and bank holidays can create useful opportunities to move house without having to use too much vacation time. It is also worth making note of any engagements you have during holiday seasons, such as work Christmas parties, to avoid clashes.

  • Moving with children – Having to move house with children can be difficult. Uprooting them from the environment they are used to can stress them out, especially if you do not give them enough time to adjust to the idea. It is also important to keep the structure of the school year in mind. Summer holidays can give them ample time to say goodbye to friends and even make new ones once you arrive at your new locale. However, there are also other holidays you can take advantage of, such as the half terms in spring, summer and autumn.
  • Jobs – You should know your job better than anyone – are there certain times of the year which are busier? Your coworkers will thank you for taking this into account! Regardless, you should be sure to book the necessary time off WELL in advance so that you can plan around any potential complications. Of course, if you are leaving your job for the sake of your move, this shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Just be sure to start looking for a job in your new locale as soon as possible.

  • Weather – This is not so much a consideration for you as your removers. Rainy, snowy or frosty weather can create hazardous conditions for carrying and transporting heavy belongings. The last thing you want is for your removers to injure themselves or break your possessions. As such, it can be a good idea to avoid winter and spring (though, UK weather being what it is, it can still be difficult to choose an ideal time). It is also worth keeping in mind that moving during scorching weather can leave you tired and extremely irritable – not a great combination when you are already stressed from moving!
  • Remover availability – You might decide that summer or autumn will be the best periods for moving house, but you won’t be the only one. Generally speaking, these are the most popular times of year for moving house, so you would need to make your bookings several months in advance to guarantee a slot.
  • Timing – Remember, it isn’t just the removers that are busy during the summer. The time of year can be just as bad for conveyancers, mortgage providers, surveyors and so on. If you are not careful, you could easily end up dragging out your move beyond your preferred moving time.

Best time of year to put a property on the market

In choosing what time of year to move house, it will be worth remembering that you won’t be the only person looking for a new place to live. You should also consider what time of year to put your current property on the market, as certain periods will have more potential buyers looking to book viewings. This can easily make a difference, especially if you need to sell your house before being able to secure a new home.

As you might expect, spring and summer tend to be the most popular times of year for buyers and renters. During periods with less demand, you may struggle to raise any interest in your property in time for your chosen moving date.

In a situation like this, it is important to hire the right help. An estate agent can advertise your property in all the right places, including many of the country’s most popular property websites. It can also be worth hiring a cleaner and professional photographer so that you can show off your property at its best. Most importantly of all, give yourself as much time as possible, or you could find yourself tempted to agree to a terrible deal just to be able to move on time.

Want to read more? Take a look at our other guides including the best day of the week to move or moving house.

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