There are so many factors that go into when you move – house availability, work, the schoolyear, etc. – that it’s difficult to plan it at the optimal time. While you can’t control everything, you can make an informed decision when the moment comes. You may not realize it, but your moving experience can vary based on what season, month, day of the week and even time of day you choose. Our guide breaks it all down.
This is one of the toughest aspects to time, but there are a few factors to be aware of. Winter is the least popular time of year to move and therefore the cheapest. Housing demand is low, professional movers are more available, and it’s easier to get deals on necessities like a moving van. Of course, it may not be an ideal season depending on where you are moving or if you have school-age children. Early spring is another low-demand option, specifically in March and April, and the weather may be more palatable for longer-distance moves.
Summer is the most popular moving time for obvious reasons (no school, favorable weather), which unfortunately also makes it the priciest time. If you’re looking to save money, try to avoid peak season. The upside, though, is you could get a higher price if you’re selling your home as well.
Last but not least, fall is a great time to plan a move. Weather conditions are still mild, and since it’s considered the start of the “off season,” you’re more likely to get a better deal on your new home and moving expenses. If you’re not beholden to school schedules, fall is a top choice.
Best Month & Week
Moving experts estimate 80% of moves in the United States occur between April and September, with June through August as the busiest months. Moving outside of this peak season will certainly keep your moving costs down, as there’ll be more availability from movers with lower rates. That makes late September to early April the ideal range.
Once you’ve narrowed down your month, demand will once again influence which week of the month you choose. The first and last weeks of any month will inevitably be the busiest, especially for renters whose leases begin and end at those times. As a result, prices can also be higher. A mid-month move is therefore preferable if you can swing it.
Best Day of the Week
If you’re sensing a theme here, our advice on which day to move won’t surprise you. Weekends (including Fridays!) are unavoidably the busiest and priciest days, as well as the toughest to rent a van or hire movers. When possible, stick to Monday through Thursday. It may mean you have to take time off work or pull the kids out of school, but it will save you money in the long run and could be the key to a less stressful move.
When you have your day locked in, get as early a start as possible. This gives you the most energy, ideal temperatures in the warmer months, and time to unpack once you get inside your new digs. Plus, professional moving companies are generally early birds and will be most efficient if you are, too.
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