Which day of the week is the best day to move house?

Aug 4th 2018

Friday is the most popular day to move house, Thursday is the most expensive, and Sunday is the cheapest. 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.

These are just a few of the trends unearthed by analysing data from nearly 66,500 UK movers that used Compare My Move services in 2017. From the most popular day, month and season to move house, to the most neglected moving day, here are the key findings:

  • Friday reigns supreme for house movers in Britain, with 30% of movers opting to move on the gateway to the weekend.
  • Wales and Central London buck the trend, with Wednesday and Saturday being the most popular moving days in these regions respectively.
  • Thursday has been crowned the most expensive day according to a sample of Compare My Move data: a three bedroom move cost £1,012 on Thursday, 17% above the weekly average.
  • Sunday is both the least popular and cheapest day to move house: with only 5% of movers choosing Sunday, an average three bedroom house move on this day costs £683, a 21% saving on the weekly average.
  • August is the most popular month across Britain, though regions like Yorkshire and the Humber surprisingly chose December as their top moving month.
  • Britain as a whole favours the bright season of summer to move house, but an autumnal move is favoured by regions such as Wales, Yorkshire and the Humber, the West Midlands and the East Midlands, whereas the North East prefer spring.

After analysing nearly 65,000 house moves, we’ve discovered that 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.

Our data shows that 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.

Moving on a Sunday is almost universally deemed a bad idea by movers in Britain, with only 5% opting to move on the day of rest. Sunday is the most unpopular day to move 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.

Overall, movers in Britain prefer a summer move, with the months of June, July and August collectively being the busiest months.