What You Probably Don't know About Moving in the UK

What You Probably Don't know About Moving in the UK

Daniel Hall 31/01/2023
What You Probably Don't know About Moving in the UK

It happens to all of us: The desire to change our environment and find ourselves in a new house, somewhere completely different.

However, there is a part of the population who packs up its belongings, whenever that feeling rises inside of them, and simply go with their guts by moving to another neighbourhood, another town, and even to a different country. Here is what you may not know about people moving in the UK.

Moving Never Gets Easier

Although some people could be considered professional movers, judging by the number of times they have changed houses throughout their life, it doesn't make them better at it. In fact, if you ask them if they think it is easier, now that they have gained experience, they will tell you that it just keeps getting harder. That is partly because they have accumulated more goods every year, and also because as they get older, it becomes more difficult physically and psychologically. The other thing that they will mention to you, is that they could not do it without the help of local removal companies. Having done it alone, often many times, the minute they have called for external help, they felt better immediately. Also, when the final cost is calculated, it is almost more expensive to do it by yourself, as it is extremely time consuming to prepare, and logistically complicated on the day of the move. 

Where Do Britons Move To?

You could think that UK citizens only move within the borders of their country, but then you would be wrong. More than 25 percent of those who move yearly, that are based in the UK, are actually headed to another country. That amounts to a lot of people, if you look at the stats more closely, since about four to five percent of the population change houses, yearly. Total net migration was 504,000 last year.

Many of the people who move within the UK are actually heading to the capital city of London. Every year, more than 200,000 people choose to go and live in the biggest city in the UK, while only 25,000 of them decide to move out. That can easily explain why the cost of renting or buying a house in London is so high.

When Do People Move the Most?

You may be surprised to learn that instead of heading to the pub for a few pints on a Friday or Saturday evening, some people move their belongings to another house. In fact, these are the two days of the week, when people handle their move, most often. The fall season is the most popular to change the location where we live, while January and February are slow months in the removal industry. In fact, if you choose a Sunday during these two months, you will probably pay less, as there are very few demands during that time. 

Let's end this article with a statistic that is quite impressive in itself: Everyone in the UK will move, on average, eight times throughout their lifetime, and will have done so about four times by the age of thirty.

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Daniel Hall

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Daniel Hall is an experienced digital marketer, author and world traveller. He spends a lot of his free time flipping through books and learning about a plethora of topics.


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