You’ve scoured the internet for the cheapest places to live, narrowing down the filter on Rightmove and Zoopla. Finally, you take the plunge and schedule a few house viewings that are in your budget.
Moving houses can often cost Brits almost £2,000 in hidden costs. These costs involve shelling out on movers, storage space, professional cleaning, painting and decorating and the all-important redirection of post.
However, not all cities will cost you an arm and a leg to move to. An investigation by Admiral Home Insurance, has revealed the most expensive cities for house movers, and more importantly the cheapest!
Factoring in cleaning, painting, storage, hiring a man with a van and renting a van, London topped the list as the most expensive location to move house. The hidden costs in South and West London totted up to an estimated £2,223.63.
It was followed by Southampton, where it would cost you £2,025.06 to move to a new property. However, surprisingly, it cost £100 less to move in North London, than in Oxford or Nottingham.
Birmingham was found to be the cheapest city to move in, setting you back only £1,345.84. That’s almost £900 less than it would cost you to move in South London. Closely followed by Newcastle, which will only require you to budget £1,470.34 to relocate.
Check the lists below to see if you could be in for any budgeting surprise when moving to your dream home.
Areas with the highest moving costs in the UK
- South London – £2,223.63
- West London – £2,067.40
- Southampton – £2,025.06
- East London – £1,998.13
- Brighton – £1,973.66
- Nottingham – £1,924.28
- Oxford – £1,923.57
- North London – £1,822.21
- Edinburgh – £1,859.82
- Manchester – £1,744.94
Areas with the lowest moving costs in the UK
- Birmingham – £1,345.84
- Newcastle – £1,470.34
- Plymouth – £1,541.53
- Liverpool – £1, 548.53
- Belfast – £1,564.66
- Swansea – £1,577.05
- Leeds – £1,581.27
- Norwich – £1,610.56
- Bristol – £1,617.83
- Glasgow – £1,628.20
Have you set aside enough for money to pay the movers, or will you be putting in a last-minute call to your friends with the biggest cars?