Are you planning a move soon? If so, you’re not alone; every year, more than 40 million Americans — about 13 percent — make a move. More than half of these moves take place between May and September.
Summer is, by far, the busiest moving season. A summer move makes sense for many because the kids are on school break, or their work schedule is a bit more flexible. Summer is also peak housing selling and buying time, and — let’s face it — moves may be less challenging when it’s not freezing outside.
But moving during the summer comes at a price: It’s more expensive to move and possibly more challenging to find a moving company during this busy time. Moving in winter instead offers advantages. Read on to discover the benefits of an off-season move.
The Bottom Line: Cost
Moving companies are in great demand during the spring and summer months. Often, schedules stay booked well into the fall. Higher demand usually means higher prices.
After October, though, prices generally decrease. Thanks to a greater availability, movers may have more flexibility when it comes to pricing. In addition, you may discover discounts and special offers that help you save money on your move.
Moving Company Availability
When you’re moving during peak season, reserving your moving company as far in advance as you can is key. The most reputable movers are often booked many months ahead of time.
Unfortunately, life doesn’t always cooperate and allow you to plan ahead. But if you wait too long, you may have to settle for whatever’s left. You may have to compromise on your dates, times, and the services you want, as well.
In contrast, winter schedules aren’t usually as packed. So while planning ahead is always a good idea, securing an excellent household moving company for a winter move might require less lead time. In addition, you’ll be competing for your preferred dates with fewer people, so you’re more likely to get the time and date you want.
Temperature and Humidity
Moving in summer means not worrying about snow and ice. But moving in warm temperatures — especially with high humidity — isn’t pleasant, either.
Loading and unloading boxes and heavy furniture in the heat is physically tricky and exhausting. Moving items into a non-climate-controlled storage unit in the summer heat can cause damage, as well.
So while you might not relish the thought of moving while the snow falls, there are advantages that come with beating the heat.
Less Traffic and Road Congestion
All too often, moving in summer means dealing with congested roadways. As a result, traffic volumes peak in summer and decline through the winter months.
More cars on the road probably mean more congestion, and that sets up the possibility that it might take longer for your moving truck to get to your new home. In addition, moving trucks must navigate traffic on the roads and at weight stations and truck stops. A winter move helps reduce these potential issues.
If you’re fortunate enough to choose when to move, consider passing on peak season. A winter move in the off-season offers several advantages that may just make your move smoother.
Make Your Winter Move
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