Deciding what time of the year to move might be out of your control. And even if you are in control of your move date, dozens of factors could impact your decision.
Weighing the pros and cons of moving during different times of the year, might make your choice easier to make.
Moving in a Winter Wonderland
The weather and the holidays typically dissuade people from moving during the winter. Snow, ice, and cold temperatures keep people inside, in the comfort of their own homes. And, as people travel to, or host, family gatherings during the holiday season, moving works its way down priority lists.
But, since it’s typically the least busy time for moving companies, winter moves offer benefits. First, moving companies might be a bit more be flexible with pricing or hourly minimums. Second, your move may be more relaxed in the winter because crews are less inundated than they are in the summer. As the least busy season in moving, the winter also means home sellers are more motivated to sell their properties (read: better pricing!).
I Got the Spring Moving Blues
When considering the pros and cons of moving during the spring, split the season into two sub-seasons: early spring and late spring. Early spring is a great time to move. There is a high demand for real estate as others plan their summer moves, so you might find a buyer more quickly. Also, there is generally good weather, minus the chance of excessive rain.
Once May starts, you’ll face the same challenges as moving during the summer. While summer is the “busy season” for movers, the season really starts in early May when moving volume picks up.
Summer Moving Happened so Fast
Summer is the busiest season for moving companies all across the U.S. During busier times, crews tend to be working harder and longer hours because of the high demand. At all times of the year, and especially during the busy season, moving companies should be fully vetting and training their employees, even seasonal workers. Fully-trained movers are prepared to make your move as smooth as possible. Even with additional summer employees, movers in the summer are in such high demand that pricing tends to increase.
However, moving during the summer also means kids will be out of school. Many families with children wait until the summer to move so their kids don’t have to transition schools mid-year. Another benefit to moving during the summer is that since it’s the busiest moving season, it’s also the busiest home-selling season. People are planning their own moves, thus putting their current homes on the real estate market.
Ba De Ya, Moving in September?
As leaves start to drop from trees, so does the volume for professional moving companies. With the school year starting, families tend to avoid moving children from one school to another. So if you don’t have kids at home, the fall can be an ideal time to move.
Another pro to moving during the fall is that the weather is typically mild and pleasant. However, the fall leaves the possibility for all kinds of weather, so regularly check weather reports leading up to your move date.
No matter which season you decide to move during, get in-home estimates from three reputable moving companies and give the company you choose as much advance notice on your move date as possible. (We recommend at least three weeks.)
Can you think of other reasons to move, or not to move, during a specific time of year? Let us know in the comments section below.