Is Friday the best day to move home?  Not necessarily...

Updated: October 23, 2018

More often than not, people move house on a Friday. But is this actually the best day to move?

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Why do most people move house on a Friday?

If you are part of a chain and are unable to dictate your chosen moving day, it is highly likely that the day given to you will be a Friday. This is because:

  • It is ahead of the weekend, so most people will then have two days off to focus on unpacking and settling in. And hopefully, it means only taking one day off work.
  • Being the most popular day of the week to move, the other parties involved will probably be moving on a Friday, so you’ll be fitting in with them which will ease the process.
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What are the disadvantages of moving on a Friday?

For conveyancing solicitors, removals companies and estate agents, Fridays are the most manic day of the week as everyone rushes to complete their sale or purchase and move in / out.

Their busy day may seem like no concern of yours, but if processes are held up due to high demand, it can mean costly delays for you.

Possible disadvantages of a Friday move include:

  • Having to book your removals company a long time in advance, as they’ll soon be booked up on a Friday.
  • Finding yourself in a queue of other movers keen to get their keys from your estate agent, and having to wait until the rush dies down.
  • Possible bank transfer delays due to the volume being managed on a Friday. Until the money is transferred to the vendor the buyer can’t move in, so you and your packed belongings could end up stranded until Monday.
  • Additional legal fees or interest charges for you if you are delayed for the weekend.
  • The day after your move being a Saturday. If something unexpected happens, your solicitor may not be available. If you discover unforeseen repairs in your new home, you may not be able to enlist a tradesperson until the following Monday.
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So what is the best day to move house?

Picking a day when your conveyancing solicitor, removal company and estate agent are juggling less may be to your advantage. 

  • Thursday can be a good option, as it gives you the breathing space of having a working day the next day, meaning any professionals you may need following moving day are more likely to be available. Thursday is also close to the weekend; if you can take the Friday off work too, you will have three clear days to unpack instead of two.
  • Saturdays and Sundays are the days least recommended: offices and banks have reduced or no opening hours, so available resources are limited. 
  • Moving on a Monday means you can make the most of the preceding weekend to finish packing and preparing, however this is also a popular moving day, so can be another busy one for solicitors, estate agents etc.
  • Moving midweek can mean all the professionals you may need will have fewer commitments and be more available. Some removal companies offer a discount for using them on a day when they have the least business.
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Whatever day you move, bear this in mind…

  • It makes sense to complete as early in the day as possible, giving yourself maximum time to allow for funds to clear. Your bank’s deadline for transferring money is likely to be at or close to 3pm.
  • As soon as you have a formal completion date, notify your removals company immediately.
  • It is worth finding out how your removals company deals with unforeseen delays. Will they agree to come the following day to complete the move, what additional fees would this incur, and can they provide storage options for your belongings if necessary?
  • If you are taking out a mortgage, talk to you solicitor about drawing down mortgage funds ahead of your completion day, so that any delays will happen in advance of your move.

Remember that if you are a buyer who is chain free, you do not have to complete and move house on the same day. If it means less pressure on you to rush things through, you could complete one day and move the next.

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

About the author

Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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