So you’re thinking about moving, but you’re wondering: when is the best time of year to move?
While we wish we could give you a single answer, the truth is: it depends! The best time of year to move for one person may be terrible for the other, and vice versa. It’s all about weighing the pros and cons and figuring out what is ideal for you and your needs. Here we’re providing a breakdown of the good and bad of moving during every season. Read, reflect, and choose wisely.
Fall’s greatest advantage is the weather. Most parts of the country experience mild temperatures that are perfect for moving. It’s the goldilocks of moving weather: not too cold, not too hot. Another plus is that fall is part of the moving industry’s off-season, which can lead to better prices. And if you’re someone who loves the holidays, moving in the fall gets you in and settled before it’s time to set up the tree.
The main problem with moving in fall is that if you have kids it requires you to move them in the middle of a school year. This is tough on children and the main reason that summer is such a popular moving season.
Winter is the main off-season for movers, which means you get the best prices and can save a ton of money. This also means that moving companies generally have a lot of scheduling flexibility during this time, making it the best time of year to move if you need to have things done on a specific timeline.
Just like fall, moving in winter means moving kids during the school year. But even if you don’t have kids, there are a few downsides. Winter can have bad weather which can make driving conditions dangerous and cause weather delays. Plus — in most places — it’s just plain cold! Moving during winter can potentially be far less comfortable than other seasons, but it might be worth it to save some cash.
Spring weather is generally great for moving, and there is still a chance you could save some money — moving season officially kicks off in May, so if you stick to the earlier spring months you may get some better deals.
Once again, moving with kids can be an issue in spring, especially considering all the final exams and end of school year activities going on. You also may run into some spring rain, which can make moving less enjoyable — nobody likes soggy boxes!
Summer is the height of moving season because it’s the best time for families with kids to move. No need to disrupt the school year! It also offers longer days which gives you more time for moving.
The main con? Prices. Since moves are in such high demand, summer may not be the best time of year to move if your main goal is saving money. There is also less flexibility with scheduling since moving companies can be pretty booked up. And depending on where you live, you may have to suffer through some major heat and humidity on your moving day.
The best time of year to move all depends on you! We hope this helps you make a decision, and please reach out to us if you’re interested in a free, custom quote from Little Guys Movers.