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House Swapping: what’s the process?
11th Nov 2018


Sometimes, in a more positive house-market, some homes would sell within a week. There may be numerous reasons why you can’t sell your home.


A straight exchange where each side wants the others’ home depends, of course, on you wishing to buy what your prospective buyer is selling.


Some clients are trying to exchange overseas properties, too such as one of our movers who want to exchange her two-bedroom house near Marseille., which launched around 10 years ago, links landlords with rental tenants to matching vendors and buyers who want to exchange their properties.



While the attraction may be to side-step annoying estate agents, this blog post from Home Swapper – after you’ve found a potential swap – guides you in right direction for the potential conveyancing fees you may encounter. Then agree on how utility bills will be settled, speak to all bill provider about arranging services at your new address. Nobody said it would be a short process, but here are the bare bones:


1) Transaction costs for a house swap are the same as with any house purchase: seller pays agent's fees, buyer pays stamp duty.


2) Swapping works well for downsizers. "The chances are that the buyer for your house will have similar tastes and expectations, so why not speak to them about their property in case you like it," says Phil Tennant from Hamptons International.


3) House-swapping can mean a straight swap, where two people exchange properties. But there are also part-exchanges, where vendors higher up the chain buy properties lower down.


4) Swaps within families are a traditional form of exchange, says Gideon Sumption of buying agent Stacks (, 01594 842880). The large family home is passed down to the next generation when they start their own family and the older generation take over the younger family's home.


At Gago Movers, we will arrange a synchronized two-way move for your swapping day. We aim to take out the stress out of a stressful process as far as possible. This might be handling communications with the other side of the exchange, as both sides move on the same, or different, days.


Our insurance coverage and storage solutions give you the peace of mind as the contents (and memories) of our entire home are in transit.


Should you any questions about a potential home swap, drop us an email at

Correct labelling of all boxes

The No.1 priority – and the single most important task - is the correct labelling of all boxes. By clearly and visibly marking each box with “all the contents inside” and “the name of the room they are to be placed in” at your new home, you will avoid panic and confusion - and speed up the entire removal process. A further vital tip is to clearly mark any box containing “fragile” items, as well “unpack first” for priority items. Our aim is to make your moving day as stress-free as possible, and our team personnel know they need to take even extra care with items marked fragile during loading and unloading.

The right packing material

It’s vitally important to use the right packing material or risk causing damage. A box which is not strong enough to carry the weight of its contents can easily collapse or a bin bag containing clothes can simply tear open. Boxes or bags also need to be sealed properly to protect against adverse weather conditions on moving day. At your request, our removals personnel can be directly involved in the secure packing of all of your home contents with all the necessary packing materials provided at a competitive rate.

Number of journeys how many boxes needed

The logistics of removals is as much a science as it is a physical activity. Essential pre-planning should involve accurately calculating the number of journeys it will take to completely remove everything. This will require determining the volume of contents against how many boxes needed. Gago Movers can help with the logistics of content assessment to ensure the most practical, efficient and cost-effective removal journey time.

Ensuring nothing gets left behind

With all the focus on the ‘big’, the ‘precious’ or other special household items, it’s easy for everyday objects to be overlooked because they were hidden at the back of a drawer or cupboard. Before leaving for the last time, it is always recommended to carry out a walk-through accompanied by a senior Gago team member. The task will involve not just a quick glance in every room, but actually opening all cupboards and drawers and even checking for any items still hanging on the walls, such as a clock. A check must also be made in the attic, the cupboard underneath the stairs, the garage and even the garden shed.

Our professional moving industry experience aims to help you achieve the perfect stress-free move to your new home.