With the March 31st deadline for the Stamp Duty Holiday fast approaching, speculation is rife around removal companies having enough availability to cope with the final dash of prospective house buyers to grab their next property without having to pay the stamp duty (on purchases under £500k).
Tips For Moving Home Before The Stamp Duty Holiday Ends
It’s predicted that the last 10-14 days of March will be the busiest that removals companies have seen for this time of year… so if you are trying to move before the holiday ends, what should you do?
1. Try not to move on a Friday or a weekend
Fridays are by far the most popular moving day of the week… the last Friday of each month even more so. People want to move and get their new place up and running over a weekend so come Monday morning everything is a lot calmer, and things can get back to normal.
This means Fridays tend to be booked up well in advance compared to the rest of the week. Try organising your move for Monday to Thursday instead to increase chances of getting your preferred mover.
2. Book as far in advance as possible
Removal companies work on a “first come first served” basis. Whoever pays the deposit first gets the slot. If you are certain of your date, then get the deposit paid sooner rather than later.
One thing to note is once you have paid a deposit you are now exposed to a moving companies cancellation terms and charges. Most companies charge no cancellation fee if cancelled or postponed more than 10 days before. If cancelling or postponing less than 10 days before, you will likely need to pay some sort of cancellation fee as the moving company will not have enough time to replace the job. Speak to your moving company about their specific cancellation terms when booking your move.
3. Request quotes from London removal companies ASAP
London removal companies have been especially busy over the last 12 months with lots of people leaving the city for more rural settings. This trend continues into 2021 so if you are based in London and looking for a removal company to pack and move you in March, start getting quotes in ASAP so you are ahead of yourself.
If you would like to book with Davis & Mac, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will work hard to accommodate your needs.