What Time of Year is Best To Move House?

If you’re lucky enough to be in a position to choose when you move house, well done! Not many people have the luxury of time on their side. Anytime you’re looking to move house, the date will have its pros and cons. Spring is good because the weather is nice, Autumn is great because the kids are back at school, and winter might be bad because it’s cold and snowing. There may also be certain times of the year when your chosen removal company may be cheaper as they’ll be less busy. Either way, here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons of moving at different times of the year.

Spring: Pros and Cons

The weather in spring is generally pretty mild in most parts of the country, so you certainly won’t have to worry about your belongings being damaged by extreme heat or cold between moves. Additionally, springtime is usually one of the most discounted times for a move as companies are typically a bit quieter during this period. There are some disadvantages to moving during springtime, if you have school-aged children then you may need to make sure their schools are able to accommodate a mid-year transfer (if children are also changing schools). If not, it might be helpful to make the move while the children are at school – you decide!

Summer: Pros and Cons

Like spring, summer moving has its fair share of both pros and cons. One major benefit is that most people try not to move in summer, which typically means less competition when it comes to finding houses. The morale of everyone involved is also usually much higher, as everyone loves summer. On the downside, summer weather can sometimes be brutally hot, making moves tricky for removal companies. Additionally, if you have younger children then moving them around during hot weather can be a bit of a pain, so you may want o make arrangements for Childcare while they’re out of school for the summer holidays. Overall, we’ve found that summer moves tend to be quite relaxed.

Autumn: Pros and Cons

Autumn is usually considered to be the best time to move simply because it’s such an ideal time climate-wise. Temperatures are cooler, but not freezing, making it pleasant for both you and your removal company. However, autumn comes with potential disadvantages too, this is usually the busiest time for removal companies and as such prices tend to be slightly higher, and fewer bookings are available.

Winter: Pros and Cons

Winter has a bit of a reputation for being one of the worst times of the year to move – and with good reason. Snowy conditions can make moving and transportation difficult, and freezing temperatures can make the entire process uncomfortable for everyone involved. There is also the increased risk of slipping when carrying heavy items. However, despite the disadvantages, moving in winter actually comes with more pros than cons. For example, winter moves tend to be cheaper since demand is lower than usual, while many people get busy with holiday shopping and travel during winter.


All in all, there’s no “perfect” time to move house – it all depends on your unique situation and personal preference, that is if you’re fortunate enough to decide when you move at all. If convenience is key, aim for summer whereas if ideal weather is the priority then aim for spring or autumn. Whatever you decide, just be sure to plan ahead and contact your chosen removal company as early as possible to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

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