This is a question we see asked a lot on the internet, and we have even been asked it by a few customers. The simple answer is, if you are in the position to choose when you move out of your house at all, then you are very lucky!

Most of the time, people buying and selling their home are part of complex chains involving numerous buyers and sellers, where a mutual date has to be agreed for everyone to have their ducks in a row – it’s unlikely that it will be the exact date you want, it’s also unlikely that you will be able to name the exact date when you want to move out.

There is however, a different question which needs answering… when is the best time to put your home on the market? We have separated these questions out, and answered them below.

When is the best time to move house?

If you can pick and choose a time to move into your new home, and leave your old one – then you have either been very lucky, or very good at negotiating your move! If you can pick a time to move home, and have children – then it’s always worth aiming for either half term, Easter holidays or the summer holidays. If you can move during this time, then your children have plenty of time to get used to the new house, get into their routine and head to school, a lot more settled.

Other than that, spring and summer represent the best time to move. Simply because the weathers better for both you and us!

When is the best time to put your house on the market?

There are a million and one reasons why some homes sell, and some don’t. One of the reasons often quote is the time of year. Although each home is different, there are advantages to putting your property up for sale at certain times of year, we run through them below:


Traditionally, spring has been seen as the best time to sell your home. The sun is (hopefully) shining, the garden is looking nice and the business of the Christmas period has passed. People also don’t tend to holiday during the spring months, meaning there are more people out looking.


Summer can also be an excellent time for viewings on your home, the weather is good and your garden should look at its best. It’s worth remembering however that summer turns to autumn very quickly, and between childcare and summer holidays – the summer months can be a bit of a write off regarding getting people to come and view your property.


The British countryside is at its prettiest in autumn, so if you are lucky enough to live near trees – the area around your house can look incredibly pretty. The rush of summer is over, and people are back in working and administration mode. It’s worth noting however that estate agents do see a decline from October onwards.


Winter can be one of the trickiest times to sell your property. Christmas is just around the corner, and it’s an event which can certainly mean savings take a bit of a hit. There’s no harm in putting it on the market, but the best results will usually come in the New Year.

Of course, the above all centres on supply and demand, and it’s always worth speaking to a few different estate agents to get a feel for how the local property market is performing.

Moving with Richardson Moving & Storage

No matter what time of year you are moving, one thing is guaranteed – we will provide a high quality moving service, completely tailored around your requirements, whatever the weather.

If you have any questions about moving home, and need to speak to removals experts about your move, please do just get in touch with us and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.