The Cost of Moving House in 2019 – Your Ultimate Guide

The Cost of Moving House in 2019 – Your Ultimate Guide

Thinking about moving house in 2019? Start planning ahead with our ultimate guide to the cost of selling and moving in 2019.

With all the excitement people can quickly lose sight of the costs of moving house.

Beyond the upfront costs of buying a home there are also the costs of moving home, legal fees and surveyor costs, among others.

According to research by Lloyds Bank, the total average cost of selling a house and moving is now more than £12,000. But this cost varies depending on which area of the UK you live.

We’ve also identified ways to cut costs in our guide to the cost of moving house in 2019.

Buying and selling your home

Unsure what’s included in the cost of moving house? We’ve put together a list of all the costs associated with buying and selling a house below:

Mortgage costs

When buying a home your mortgage lender will assess the value of the property to establish how much to lend you.

They will usually charge you a valuation fee depending on what product you choose. The cost often varies between £150 and £1,500.

The mortgage lender/bank will usually request an arrangement fee upfront also.

This fee is typically around £1,000, but can range from anything up to £2,000.

Both fees will need to be factored into the cost of moving house.

Stamp duty

All residential properties in England and Northern Ireland that cost more than £125,000 are subject to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).

In Scotland, you pay Land and Buildings Transaction Tax instead. This tax works in a similar way but has different value bands to SDLT.

How much you will pay will depend on the rate band the properties purchase price falls into.

For example, if you buy a house worth £250,000 you will pay nothing on the first £125,000, but 2% on the next


In this example, stamp duty would cost £2,500.

First-time-buyers pay no stamp duty on the first £300,000.

Use this Money Advice Service stamp duty calculator to work out how much you will need to pay on property.

Homebuyer’s report

A homebuyer’s report usually starts at around £400.

The report assesses the details of a property and identifies any defects or problems which could affect the value of the property.

You can use the report’s suggestions before purchasing a property to renegotiate the price. For example, if its going to cost you £3,000 to remove damp from the walls you can deduct this from your offer.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) reports that only one in five homebuyers receives a homebuyers report. As a result, many are hit with unexpected repair bills after moving into a property.

Building and contents insurance

Before qualifying for a mortgage your bank will ask you to take out building insurance. This typically costs around £80 a year.

This will protect your home against damage from fire, floods, sinking and other events which could affect your property’s value.

It’s also a good opportunity to consider taking out contents insurances if you haven’t already.

Legal fees

You will need to recruit the services of a solicitor or licensed conveyor to complete the necessary paperwork for selling or buying a home.

Legal fees vary widely but are typically between £850-£1,500.

The Land Registry also charges a fee for registering a property with a new owner.

This fee will vary depending on the value of the property but you will need to factor an additional £90 – £140 into the cost of moving house.

Although not strictly a legal fee, another cost you will need to be aware of is the electronic transfer fee.

This applies to the transfer of money from the bank to the solicitors and is usually around £50.

Estate agent fees

First time buyers are exempt but if you’re selling a house you’ll likely pay estate agent fees.

These vary widely depending on what you have agreed with your estate agent but can cost over £2,000.

Council tax

If you’re changing area you will need to update and pay the correct council tax.

Council tax is an annual fee that your local authority charges for local services such as rubbish collection and local libraries.

Students are exempt, but most people will pay in ten monthly instalments.

Moving costs

When weighing up the cost of moving house there is also the cost of moving itself to think about. As such you might wish to consider setting aside extra money for the following:


Removal company

Depending on the size of your property and the distance you are moving you might want to hire a removals company.

Many people hire a van and try to move themselves, only to come unstuck when they lose possessions or overrun their van hire.

Costs for hiring a professional removals company vary. Most will price their services depending on the ‘total volume of effects’.

As a general guide you can expect to pay anything from £400 for a one bedroom flat to £1,200+ to move to a three-bedroom detached property.

Add-on services like packing and disassembly/reassembly may incur additional costs.


All professional removals companies should offer you standard liability insurance to protect your possessions during transit.

As above, you might wish to consider taking out additional cover for expensive items such as prized possessions and antiques.

Packing materials

Make sure to factor boxes, tape, bubble wrap and other protective packing materials into the cost of moving house.

Removal companies are able to provide this but often at additional cost.

Costs will very much depend on volume and the types of materials you need protecting. Inquire with your removals company as to what they offer and negotiate a price.


You might need to use storage facilities while you rent or work out what belongings you are taking to your new home.

If so, removal companies offer an affordable alternative to traditional storage units. Costs are usually calculating on a daily rate depending on how many items you are depositing.

A weekly service can cost around £30 a week or £120 a month.

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Extra moving day costs

When weighing up the cost of moving house make sure to factor in additional costs on the actual day of the move.

If moving with children you may need to pay for a childminder or arrange for pets to be put in kennels or temporary accommodation.

If you are moving out of a rental property you may also need to pay for cleaning services to ensure you don’t break the terms of your tenancy agreement.

How to cut your moving costs


One of the easiest ways to cut the cost of moving house is to move less things.

Moving house is the perfect opportunity to have a declutter of your house and throw away/donate any items you no longer need.

Consider using market apps like eBay and Schpock to sell items. You could even put the money you make towards the cost of your move.

Book early

To save on the cost of moving book in with a removals company as soon as possible. Ideally, as soon as you have a moving date.

Booking early guarantees availability and also means a removals company can offer you the best price.

Prepare your own packing materials

There are plenty of places to buy quality packing materials at competitive prices.

When packing your own belongings for transit you can also make use of old newspaper and bubblewrap to encase delicate and fragile items like glasses and chinawear.

Compare quotes

Like all the services listed above, make sure you shop around.

The British Association of Removers advises that you receive at least three separate quotes to compare.

Although the idea is to save money, remember the lowest priced service is not always the best.

Weight up your requirements and select the removals company best for you. If there are any additional services you need which they can’t provide on the day this can incur high costs.

Get advice on Moving Home

Need help moving house? Our friendly and dedicated removals team can help you manage the cost of moving house.

White & Company offers flexible removals and storage solutions across its multiple UK sites. We can advise on all aspects of the moving house process. From packing your belongings using the finest quality materials, to delivering them to your new home.

Moving home is made easy with White & Company. We make it our aim to ensure each and everyone one of our customers receives a tailor-made service that enables them to get started in their new home straight away.

To find out more about the cost of moving house don’t hesitate to give us a call today.

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