When is the best time to move?

Moving can be a stressful endeavor and often poses a significant upheaval for your family. If a move is in your future, you should consider several factors that may impact the stress levels of everyone involved.

Beyond considering your household’s schedule during the year, consider the weather and season in which you plan to move. More homes are listed for sale during the warmer months than during the bitter cold of winter. This is true even in areas that do not experience bitter winters.

To avoid spending more than necessary for a moving company, because they also have peak seasons, coordinating your move for their off season saves you hundreds of dollars. All of the suggestions offered in this guide work for most, but your own limitations and priorities also affect the timing of the move. Avoid some of the moving mistakes commonly made by following these tips.

Tip 1: Make It Personal

Moving homes is a personal task, and it is personal to everyone in your household. Taking the time to fully discuss the move with the entire family, speaking with them collectively as well as one-on-one is a good way to assess what needs to be addressed when setting a time to move.

Once you have determined a time to move, then you can plan how long you should spend searching for and securing a new home in your new area.

If you work a typical 9 to five job, then the move must take place over a weekend, or when you have some vacation time. For children school schedules as well as any special events for which they are already committed may have to be considered.

Moving in the middle of a child’s school year is not advantageous and should be avoided if at all possible.

Other questions to facilitate a decision include the following:

  • What is your work schedule and upcoming calendar like?
  • When can you take vacation time and does it coordinate with your family’s vacation time?
  • When is school least impacted by a move?

When you think about your work schedule consider waiting a bit longer if you have just started a new position or taken on a new project for your department. Moving when things are easy at work is best, so you can dedicate your time and energy toward the move. If the move is in conjunction with work, then make sure to give yourself a few days, or better yet a week, to get settled in.

If your children attend school, try to postpone the move until the holidays or summer break. That way your children start a new school year at a new place where everyone is introduced to a new homeroom and new friends.

If you are in school yourself, then trying to study and keep up with coursework is difficult while trying to pack and move an entire house. Moving during holidays costs you more, of course, so you must weigh that in when making your decision. The same holds true for the last part of the summer.

Tip 2: Take Time into Consideration

Moving companies have seasonal peaks and valleys, so depending on the time of year you choose to move, you could pay premium prices. Additionally, the time of day affects the pricing, as well as whether it is during the week or the weekend.

The end of the month is typically when most housing contracts are completed and closings take place. This means that many movers are in high demand at the end of the month. Considering all of these various times can save you money when deciding the best time to move.

Late spring and summer are peak season with moving companies for several reasons. First, it corresponds with when the most homes are for sale on the market, and thus more people moving. If you have the luxury of biding your time, then winter is one of the best times to move as this is “off season” for most movers.

Additionally, homes that have not sold during these peak months may be reduced in price during the winter, so if you keep your eye on a property and it is still on the market in the winter, you could get a very good bargain.

However, if you live in an area prone to winter snow, storms and ice, it could make moving more difficult and you may have to be flexible on the moving dates if Mother Nature interferes with your plans.

Moving mid-month, middle of the week, during the late Fall early Winter brings great savings on moving. Since most leases end, and new home sales are concluded at the end of the month, scheduling a move at the end of the month costs more.

However, push your title agency to close in the middle of the month, then schedule your move for the middle of the week, earlier in the morning and you can realize significant savings.

Make sure you only hire the size truck you need instead of opting for the largest the company possesses, for additional savings. Your homeowner’s insurance often covers the transport of your belongings to the new home, but you also get temporary insurance from various venues to insure your belongings are replaced if they are damaged in transport.

Most moving companies prefer to load and move early in the morning, so if you make your peace with rising early you can save even more money.

Additionally, depending on where the home is located, moving in the cool of the morning is easier on the workers, too. Traffic often lighter in the very early morning allowing you to move without the hassle of traffic congestion.

Understanding the area in which you live, and where you intend to move is critical as well because you want to avoid rush hour traffic on both ends. Select a few times that may be good then do a trial run yourself, taking the route the truck will take.

Was it congested? Do you need to adjust your timeframe a little? Doing these things ensures the big move takes place without all of the additional headaches of being stuck in traffic.