Rarely do we have the luxury of picking when we get to move since they are typically triggered by life changing events. However, if you have a little time to plan the move date, you might wonder “when is the best time to move?” If you can plan far out in advance, there are many factors you should consider in timing your relocation.
The Best Time
According to the Census Bureau, new home sales typically spike in May, which may be why the summer months are a busy time for moves. Seasonally speaking, spring and late fall are ideal for booking moves. During these times, it can be easier to book moving services and possibly find excellent deals. It is also a good idea to book a moving day during the week. Most people will try to save vacation time and move on days they are already off, such as a weekend. Weekends towards the end of the month can be especially busy. If possible, move on a weekday instead.
If you have children in school, consider the academic calendar and how you might be able to move during planed breaks. If you are moving to a location that requires your children to attend new schools, try to move during a regular off time like spring or summer break. Many people try to move during the summer so kids can finish the school year with familiar friends and teachers.
Try to give your family some time to adjust to your new home. Visit the school and meet the new teachers to help ease the transition into a new learning environment.
Summers are typically busy moving times for many reasons, school is out, friends are available to help, and the weather is usually nice. Summer moves typically peek in June and July, which may make it difficult to book a mover or could cost more since it is during a peek season.
Winter is also poses some issues when moving. Freezing conditions can wreck havoc on goods stored in poorly insulated conditions such as a truck bed or garage. Freezing and thawing causes the most damage if items are not properly sealed.