When is the Best Time to Move?

Oct 25, 2012

Many factors will determine when the best time to move is for you. Situations such as lease agreements, home selling and work and school schedules will all have some bearing on when you move. But, if you have the luxury of planning the dates of your move in advance, you can save time, money, and stress. In this post, we’ll give you the best strategies for planning the time of your move.

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Choose the middle of week because it’s a slower time for moving rental companies. Photo: photosteve101 via Flickr.

Summer: The season that’s best for you to move will depend on a variety of different factors. The consensus, though, is that the summer is the best time of year to move. If you have children, moving during the summer means that you won’t have to worry about skipping school or interrupting their normal routines. Runners up are fall and spring, with winter being the worst time to move. In the winter you may have to worry about snow, ice and sludge, which add a whole other dynamic to the moving process. It’s also right around the holidays which are stressful enough for most people already. If you do need to move in the winter, though, check out our post for tips to keep safe and warm here.

Mid-month: Many industry insiders will tell you that the end of the month is the busiest time to for moving companies. Part of this can be attributed to the fact that most people will live out their last month’s rent in order to get the most bang for their buck. The beginning of the month is a similar story. The best time to complete your move is during the middle of the month. This will help ensure the availability of equipment since it’s typically a first-come, first-serve basis, and may also get you a better rate because it’s  a slower time.

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Start your move at the crack of dawn and you can be done before sunset! Photo: Ron Bennetts via Flickr.

Mid-week: Let’s face it; chores like moving are usually reserved for the typical weekend (i.e.: Saturday and Sunday). This means that equipment will be harder to come by, rates will be higher, and moving centers will be busier. If you can finagle your schedule so that you can make your move during the week you will be better off. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are best.

First thing in the morning: Getting an early start on moving day is a good idea. Moves often take longer than anticipated, so start early so you don’t run out of daylight. Have a plan in place and review it with your helpers over a hearty breakfast before you start.

Do you have any special tricks for choosing the best time to move? What’s been the best or worst time for you? Tell us below in the comments section!

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