Putting the stress of moving to the side, there are days of the week, months, and particular times of the year that are better to move into your new home. Whether moving by yourself or hiring movers, rental truck companies and movers tend to have more resources available and charge lower rates during the following times.
Where you are moving from and where you will be moving to will play a large part in deciding when to move. Some parts of the country experience extreme and harsh summer and/or winter weather trends which tend to make it difficult or even dangerous for movers. These extreme conditions could potentially put your belongings at risk. Spring and Fall as the best seasons to move. Summer will always be the “Prime Real Estate” for moving and rental truck companies because of the high demand of families wishing to move during the summer months. The high demand drive prices up, thus making the summer season the most expensive time of year to move.
Traffic tends to be heavier during the holidays than during other times of the year, frequently causing bumper to bumper traffic and major backups. Taking road conditions into consideration while planning your move is suggested; traffic jams could extend your planned moving times, raising the price of your move and causing major headaches.
Something else to take into consideration is where you are moving to. You may want to avoid moving right before the holidays if you are moving far away from family and friends. Besides the fact that you will be missing all the holiday events with familiar faces, it takes time to get to know people and meet new friends, and moving during the holidays can draw out the familiarization process taking more time and making it more difficult to make new friends.
Day, Week, and Month
It’s no secret Thursday through Saturday are the most sought after days of the week to move, thus many companies will offer discounts for early week moves. Moving Monday through Wednesday will lower the cost of moving across the board.
You want to plan your move to take place near the middle of the month as you will find the lowest rates for rental trucks and movers.
The best time of the year to move is November through the New Year. Moving companies’ schedules are more open with the slow down after the packed summer months, and moving truck availability is much better during the mid-fall and early winter months. Weather tends to be mild, children are in school, and most people are into their daily routines of work, and after school/work activities.
While most people believe that it is best to move your family during the weekend, where kids can “help” in the moving process, we find that it is actually best to move while your children are in school. Moving can be boring and dangerous for children, and the desire for children to help more times than not will actually result in hazards for professional movers and for the children. The bottom line is that having your children involved in the moving process can actually extend the time it takes to get the job done.
Take into consideration that if you move in the middle of the school year teachers can give your children the individualized attention they need in a new atmosphere, which is harder to do at the beginning or end of the school year. It is also easier for children to make friends during the school year rather than during the summer; thus making the transition easier.
While these may be the best and most affordable times to move we realize that these suggestions may not work for everyone, however it is advisable to keep these tips in consideration while planning your next move!