Whether you’re moving locally or across the country, choosing the right time of year to do so can make the process easier. On the other hand, choosing the wrong time can make your move more stressful. Before you mark the big day on your calendar, use these four factors to determine what time of year best meets your needs.

Budget
Peak season for moving companies is usually from May to September. Moves are typically more costly during this time. The basis of pricing is based on how much weight is being hauled, storage requirements, distance traveled, and personnel needed to get the job done. You can save money on your trip by choosing to move in the fall or winter.  These times moving companies don’t have as much business, so you may get a more competitive rate.

Scheduling
Although summer time is peak season, if you have children summer time is typically the best time to move. Your children will be out of school and they will have some time to adjust to their new home without stressing about schoolwork. While winter is slower and allows for greater scheduling flexibility, there can be a slight peak during the holidays. Another factor to consider is that it gets darker earlier during the winter time. So, a 1 day summer move may turn into a 2 day winter move.
Bonus tip: When choosing a move date, pick one closer to the middle of the month. Most people want to move the first and last weeks of the month. Picking a date in the middle will guarantee you a place on a moving company’s calendar.

Climate
The climate of where you are moving to and from is another important factor to consider. Hot weather tends to make people irritable, which can make moving even more stressful. We can all agree that moving an entire house in 100 degree weather will probably not be a pleasant experience for most people. Okay, so the summer is out of the question.  Winter it is, right? Well not necessarily. The winter can also present some moving challenges with unforeseen issues like ice covered walkways and treacherous road conditions. While efficiency is a top priority for moving companies, they will always put the safety of the drivers and your belongings first. The harsh driving conditions of the winter may delay the delivery of your belongings. If you’re looking for the greatest chance at having a move without weather obstacles or delays, the spring and fall months can be most promising.

Items
Most people don’t think about the types of items they are moving when they decide to relocate. Some items can only withstand certain types of whether. Items like antiques and glass typically do better in warmer weather while candles and liquids would be better suited for a winter move. When deciding to move take some time to think about the items being move and how much value they add to your life. We wouldn’t want to ruin a prized possession because it couldn’t withstand the weather conditions.

Ultimately, your personal circumstances will help you determine which season is right for you. We hope that our list helped you weight the good and bad of moving during peak and non-peak seasons. If you have any more questions, please click here and we’ll be happy to help you.