A flexible schedule affects the overall moving costs, which can vary throughout the year. If you are not moving on a specific timeline, there are two factors you should consider in order to save some money – the season and the day of the week.
For some people it is pretty obvious that moving during the peak season can be a bit complicated in terms of finding available moving company and more expensive. Picking certain days of the week can save you some money, so instead of setting the moving day randomly think about the most convenient options for you.
Choosing the right season to move
Peak season in the moving industry is usually during the spring and summer. During that period movers tend to charge the highest rates for moving services. In addition to that, weekend moving rates are very high as well as rates of the first of each month. So, if you have flexible moving timeline, set a moving date during the off-season, avoiding beginning of the month, weekends and summertime.
Holidays are a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your loved ones, so avoid moving during some major holidays like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving,…Move afterwards if you like, but save that moment to say goodbye to your friends and family. Also, bare in mind that moving on a slower days (Wednesday or Tuesday) will allow you better pricing for your move.
Unfortunately, not many people actually have the opportunity to choose the season they will perform the move. There are certain circumstances that affect your decision – kids and their school calendar, job changes, other family matters. If you have kids, you should create moving plans according to their school schedule. Summer holiday would be the perfect time for moving as long as your child has enough time to say goodbye to his/her old friends and adapt to the new environment, friends.
Beginning of the new school year will depend also on the fact whether your child has adapted successfully to the new home and neighborhood. In this case you will be forced to move during summertime, which is not a bad idea – friends are probably available to help, weather conditions are good, it’s sunny and warm, so you don’t have to protect additionally your items from damaging, like you would usually do in case of rain or snow, children are out of school, so they have enough time to move, adapt and prepare for the next school year. Furthermore, you are more likely to sell your house during the summer than later.
However, there is this tiny factor – summertime is a peak season in moving industry. July and August are the busiest months for moving companies, so if you want to hire them, do it well ahead, a few months in advance.
Moving companies have really busy schedule, so check if the chosen moving company is available for the date you want to move. Also, during peak times moving companies charge higher rate. Additionally, it’s a bit difficult to find apartments for rent during the summer, so make sure to plan your move well in advance.
According to some people, moving in fall or spring seems to be much better idea. It’s much easier to hire quality movers then. Due to the lack of competition, you will have the chance to negotiate about the moving costs with your moving company and about the rental costs. On the other hand, your school-aged children certainly won’t like the idea of moving in the middle of the school year.
Although no one likes moving in winter, some people are forced to do so. An absolute lack of competition allows you to negotiate and bargain with the movers. The same goes for buying an apartment/house, because housing costs are much more affordable during the winter. Bad weather conditions may cause a lot of troubles while moving. Severe climate changes may damage your wooden and plastic items, so consider moving items into storage for a while until the weather gets better. if you are moving with school-aged children in winter, bare in mind that you are doing it in the middle of the school year. Also, you may think that winter holidays can be a great opportunity to move, but wouldn’t you prefer staying with friends and family and celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah instead?