There are always a few headaches associated with moving — but by choosing the right time of year you can keep those headaches to a minimum. So what’s the right time of year to move? That depends on where you’re moving, the ages of your family members, and your moving budget. Let’s take a look at the options:
What’s your destination?
If you’re moving in-state, consider yourself lucky! Not only is Texas full of great places to live, we’re blessed with an especially mild fall and winter. That means you can take advantage of the slowest moving season of the year, which is late fall through the start of the New Year. You’ll almost certainly find more available resources and better rates from moving companies and truck rental concerns.
Of course, weather will become more of an issue if you’re moving to a colder climate. If you happen to be heading north, aim to make your move in spring or fall. Depending on where you’re going, the details of transporting a household can get mighty complicated in full winter weather — and since summer is the busiest season for movers all over the country, it’s the most difficult time to schedule moving services, and the most expensive time, too.
Are you moving with school-age children?
Bless their hearts, the kids always make life a little bit more complicated, even while they make life more enjoyable. Although summertime is the busiest season for movers, you may want to consider a summer move to make it easier for children starting the year in a new school. Arriving at a new home in the summer gives kids a chance to learn their way around the neighborhood and make a few friends before the school year begins.
On the other hand, some families swear by the extra help and attention kids get from teachers when they enter a new school after the beginning of the year. If your children are old enough to help you decide, include them in the decision-making process. They may surprise you with their willingness to be flexible.
How tight is your budget?
If finances are your main concern, you’ll definitely want to schedule your move during the slower fall and winter months. Beyond that, though, there are other specific considerations to keep in mind. Be sure to plan your move for some time in the middle of a month. Because so many leases are timed for month’s end, professional movers tend to be busier during the first and last weeks of every month. Avoiding those times gives you more options and an increased chance of finding the best possible moving rates.
Believe it or not, you can avoid hassles and save even more money by planning your move during the week, Monday through Thursday. That’s because most people try to schedule moving days for weekends, when they’re already not working. Taking an extra day off work can be well worth it, as you’ll find more moving companies available, and better rates, too.
There are lots of considerations that come into play when you’re planning a move, and every family will have different priorities. Our best advice? Stay as flexible as possible, and take these as suggestions, not as rules. Whenever you choose to make your move, we hope it will be a happy and stress-free one — and of course, we’re always here to help!