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Birmingham sees the highest number of home movers in 2020

Em Morley - July 30, 2020

Birmingham, Leeds, and Cornwall are this year’s top home mover hotspots, according to the latest research from home setup service Just Move In.

Having analysed property sales transactions, Just Move In found that just under 130,000 homeowners across England and Wales have managed to sell up and move so far in 2020.

This research pinpoints the South East as the area with the highest number of home movers, at 20,771. In comparison, the North West is 2nd highest with 17,015 moves and the East of England is third with 14,342.

However, looking more specifically at districts, Birmingham takes the top spot. So far in 2020, the city has seen 1,967 people sell their homes. Leeds came a close second with 1,889 moves, and then Cornwall with 1,483.

Co-founder of Just Move In, Ross Nichols, commented: “It’s great to see there are plenty of pockets of the property market where homeowners are on the move despite the obstacles posed by COVID-19.  

“We know home moving is an incredibly stressful process and to reduce this stress we often stick with our current utility providers. However, this isn’t always the best option and as well as saving money, moving to a new provider could also mean a better service and better value for our money.  

“Our previous research found that the average home mover saves £350 when switching supplier, which is nearly £700,000 that could have been saved in Birmingham during 2020 alone. 

“This saving is all the more significant now, in what are much tougher financial times for many, so we’re proud to help home movers across the nation tighten their belts whilst improving the service they receive.”

NationHome movesPotential Utility Switch Saving
England122,714£42,949,900
Wales7,185£2,514,750
England and Wales129,899£45,464,650
   
RegionHome movesPotential Utility Switch Saving
South East20,771£7,269,850
North West17,015£5,955,250
East of England14,342£5,019,700
South West13,988£4,895,800
London13,963£4,887,050
Yorkshire and the Humber12,771£4,469,850
West Midlands12,425£4,348,750
East Midlands11,307£3,957,450
North East6,132£2,146,200
   
Top 10 DistrictHome MovesPotential Utility Switch Saving
Birmingham1967£688,450
Leeds1889£661,150
Cornwall1483£519,050
County Durham1318£461,300
Bradford1241£434,350
Sheffield1196£418,600
Wiltshire1161£406,350
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole1129£395,150
Bristol1077£376,950
Liverpool1072£375,200
   
BoroughHome movesPotential Utility Switch Saving
Bromley779£272,650
Wandsworth686£240,100
Croydon665£232,750
Havering579£202,650
Barnet577£201,950
Greenwich521£182,350
Lewisham519£181,650
Hillingdon505£176,750
Bexley499£174,650
Lambeth479£167,650
Ealing468£163,800
Waltham Forest445£155,750
Enfield439£153,650
Tower Hamlets437£152,950
Sutton421£147,350
Richmond upon Thames419£146,650
Redbridge417£145,950
Westminster410£143,500
Hackney382£133,700
Harrow366£128,100
Southwark366£128,100
Hounslow365£127,750
Merton362£126,700
Camden358£125,300
Kensington and Chelsea337£117,950
Hammersmith and Fulham334£116,900
Kingston upon Thames314£109,900
Brent310£108,500
Haringey307£107,450
Newham301£105,350
Islington289£101,150
Barking and Dagenham279£97,650
City of London28£9,800