In the moving industry, there are two main seasons throughout the year – peak and non-peak season.
So when’s the best time to move? From fall’s real estate deals and winter’s cheap moving rates to spring’s cool temperatures and summer’s longer days, each season has its own moving benefits. Of course, each of them also has its own fair share of drawbacks. Whether you’re hiring professional movers or planning your own DIY move, it’s up to you to weigh the pros and cons of each season to determine which one best suits your budget and needs. Fortunately, we’re here to present you with the information you need to make the right decision. Here’s a look at the advantages and disadvantages of all four seasons when it comes to moving to a new home.
When Is the Best Time to Move?
Why it’s a good time to move: Moving in the autumn months certainly has its advantages. For starters, in most areas of the country, you simply can’t beat the incredible weather during September through November months. With temperatures cooling down but not yet frigid, moving in the fall is typically a pleasant experience. This is especially true compared to the hot, humid conditions of the summer months. A second benefit to moving in the fall is that you’ll be settled into your new home once the December holiday season arrives. By the new year, you should be feeling right at home in your new place. In addition, you may have an easier home buying experience during the fall months, since peak home-selling season ends late summer. With the housing market in most areas of the country slowing down from October through the winter months, you may be able to find a better deal on a home at this time.
Why it’s not a good time to move: Have school-age children? You may have a difficult time moving during the fall. With the school year starting up, moving a child during this time can be challenging for the whole family – especially if the move involves changing schools. If you have children, we suggest avoiding a fall move. In addition, with everyone gearing up for the holidays, movers may have less weekend moves available during this time of the year.
Why it’s a good time to move: Moving during the winter months is considerably cheaper than moving during the warmer seasons. With kids in school and winter weather disincentivizing many from moving, there will be less demand for moving companies and therefore, less expensive moving rates for customers. Given that moving companies won’t be as busy, they’ll also be more likely to meet your scheduling needs. This flexibility allows you to move on your ideal schedule and timeline.
Why it’s not a good time to move: It goes without saying that the cold, frigid temps of winter prevent many from moving during this season. Ice, snow and rain can result in dangerous driving conditions for movers and those attempting a DIY move. Due to the treacherous weather, moving during the winter also involves a good deal more prepping than the typical move. From waterproofing your boxes to salting the walkways, you’ll have to take additional precautions when moving during the December to February time period.
Why it’s a good time to move: While the end of May kicks off peak moving season, the months of March, April and early May experience much less demand. This means moving companies will be cheaper and more readily available during the majority of spring months. In addition, the weather won’t be as harsh as the December–February months. Spring weather varies from region to region, but most areas of the country experience mild, light-jacket temperatures. Without the scorching heat of the summer sun or the blistering cold of the wintertime temps, moving can actually be pleasant, if not, downright enjoyable, experience in the spring.
Why it’s not a good time to move: Those with school-age children may finding moving during the spring months to be a challenge. With exams and end-of-year school activities happening, it may not be an ideal time to move for families. If you decide to move at the end of May, you’ll also run into problems with mover availability. As peak moving season ramps us, there will be less and less movers available on your choice moving dates.
Why it’s a good time to move: Home-selling season peaks in the summer, which means it’s a good time to sell your home. Increased demand for homes also means your abode is likely to sell for more during these months. Given that school-age children are also on their summer break, families will benefit from moving in the summertime. After all, disrupting the school year with a major move can be quite a difficult task for all involved. Longer days are another reason why moving in the summer is a great choice. More hours in the day means more time to move in and out of a home, giving you more flexibility with a do-it-yourself move.
Why it’s not a good time to move: The main reason why many choose not to move in the summer is the high price tag. With roughly 70 percent of all moves taking place from Memorial Day to Labor Day, moving company rates tend to be at their highest during this time frame. In addition, if you hire movers to handle your long-distance move, it may take longer to get your things. The reason? Interstate moving trucks can hold multiple households in their truck at one time. The more people moving, the more stops and deliveries they’ll need to make – which means it may take longer for them to reach your new home. Hot and humid weather conditions are a final reason why moving during the summer is not ideal for all. If you live in a particularly hot area of the country (think: Florida and Texas), you may want to choose a cooler time of the year to move.
So when is the best time to move?
Ultimately, this decision comes down to your own needs, budget, and preferences. Those trying to save money on a move should choose a late fall, winter, or early spring move. Those with school-age children should consider opting for a summertime move. Those who strongly prefer to move in mild weather conditions may want to move during the fall or spring.
Regardless of the season, you’ll likely save money on your move by choosing a mid-week, mid-month date. Demand for these dates tends to be less than weekend dates at the beginning and end of the month. The reason? Leases usually begin and end on the first and last weekends of the month. With more people choosing to move during these weekends, you’re better off opting for a weekday or weekend move in the middle of the month.
Best Month of the Year: Mid-September through April
If you define by “best” by cost then, generally speaking, you are more likely to save on a move during the late September to April window. Demand for movers usually slows down during this time frame and rates are low.
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