Although summer may be the most popular moving and relocation season, buying or selling a home and moving during the fall and winter months may be a better alternative. For starters, fall and winter is considered the off-peak season for movers. And with high buyer demand for homes expected to continue throughout the foreseeable future, it’s a great time to move or relocate…especially if your move involves an interstate or international relocation.
Here are four reasons why buying or selling a home and moving during the fall and winter is a smart idea:
About 80% of moves take place between April and early September, making summer the peak season for most moving companies. By the end of summer, most college students are already settled into their new residence halls or apartments, and families who were relocating to new school districts have already unpacked and started the new school year. Buying and selling a home and moving during the fall and winter off-peak season gives you more flexibility because you can choose a moving date that works for you, rather than being forced to move on a day when your mover can fit you in. There are simply more scheduling options available to you when you move in October, November, January, February and March.
Fall and winter conveniently occur outside of summer heat and humidity and, depending on your origin or destination, frigid winter temperatures. If you live in a location with four distinct seasons, the mild conditions of fall and early/late winter can make for a more comfortable move. And, when you move during fall and early winter, you’re less likely to have to work around inclement winter weather, which can add more stress to your move.
Lower prices (and more options)
Moving during the fall and winter also means paying less. Because it’s off-peak, your cost to move will be lower. While you’re still wise to get multiple bids before you choose a mover, you’ll generally find more options and lower prices due to lower demand during these seasons. Keep in mind that early September is still a popular moving time for many students and families who are relocating, so you’ll want to begin seeking out estimates then for a move or relocation in October and November.
Home for the holidays
Moving before mid-November or after early January will help to ensure you’re home for the holidays, regardless of where home is. The holidays can be a good opportunity for cleaning, packing or unpacking, depending on the timing of your move. It’s also a good time to move with children, since most schools enjoy longer breaks during the holidays.
To Sum It All Up
Moving or relocating to a new home is exciting and requires planning and organization to minimize costs and reduce stress. Plan your move during the fall or winter – when you have more flexibility, the weather is more conducive to moving, costs are lower and there is reduced demand for moving and relocation services.
Plan your move ahead of time and get moving estimates if you plan to hire a professional mover…and know we’re here to help when you need us.
Contact a member of our client services team for help with your family’s next move or relocation.