We can all agree that moving is nerve-racking. Between packing for the move, heavy furniture, a never-ending barrage of moving boxes, unhappy (sometimes immobile) pets and fat moving costs (unless, of course, you booked Bellhops), making a jump to a new home is by no means a walk in the park.
Fortunately, we have some simple insight that is going to help your moving anxieties drop from a 10 on the stress-o-meter to hopefully somewhere in the neighborhood of like a 2-ish (we can’t remove all the stress, it is moving after all).
What is this magical insight we speak of? The best time to move. In this post, we will be discussing the importance of “moving timing” –– sharing with you not just the best time to move –– but more specifically the best time of year, best time of week and best time of day to move.
And speaking of time, we are running out of it, so let’s begin.
Back in 2015, Home Data was curious about how many people moved annually. The number they discovered was both alarming and extremely helpful in shedding light on the best time of year to move.
They found out that over 40 million Americans move every single year. And, of this massive number, a large portion of Americans move between the months of May and September.
Which, raises an interesting question—is it better to move during “moving seasons” or avoid moving during “moving season”? Well, there is no right answer to this question, because it really depends on an individual’s situation. The primary reason these five months from May to September are so popular is that they mark the end and the beginning of school. So, if you have children or are a college student, it is probably best to move within these five months.
Now, if you are looking to save money on moving costs, it may not be a bad idea to consider moving outside of the standard moving season. Since this is not a particularly popular time to move, movers are more likely to offer better deals on moving services… and apartment hunting will certainly be less-hectic and potentially more affordable.
So, what’s the best time of year to move? If you have kids, are a college student or absolutely hate the cold, you’re definitely going to want to plan your move between the months of May to September. If you don’t fall into any of these categories, we recommend planning your move outside of moving season for both convenience and affordability.
When it comes to the best time of week to move, we have a much clearer answer for you. If you are looking to save money on moving costs, it’s a good idea to plan your move during the week versus over the weekend. Friday through Sunday are the most popular moving days during the week, so naturally moving companies are able to charge more. If you are looking to save money, your best bet is moving sometime between Monday and Thursday.
Okay, so your moving date is really coming together. You have decided on the best time of year and week to plan your move, know you just need to jot down a move out time. Again, we have another specific answer here… we highly recommend you plan your move early in the morning versus later in the day (especially if you are moving during the summer). Not only are the mornings cooler, but this gives you a full day of unpacking once you have officially arrived at your new home. The last thing you are going to want to do after a long drive is unpack dishes at 2 a.m. Plus, considering most people won’t want to wake up at the crack of dawn to move, you will have an easier time getting movers to your house.
At the end of the day, our biggest piece of advice in regards to the best time to move is simply this: pick a move out day, write it down and commit to it. One problem we see people run into is constantly pushing back their moving day. While there are certainly better times to move than others, there is no perfect scenario. The most important thing is simply choosing a date, committing to it and being prepared once the time comes.
One of the last steps in any move is deciding what to do with all of your leftover cardboard boxes. You don’t even have to have a lot of stuff to wind up with a lot of them.
Moving is a great chance to declutter. It’s like that old question: What would you grab if your house was on fire? But with moving, luckily, the fire is nice and slow. You have a few days, weeks or even months to grab everything you cherish and leave the rest.
Need to get rid of junk? Whether you’re moving from one home to another, or simply doing a periodic purging of unneeded items from around your current home, you’re likely to find a lot of stuff that you’d describe as, well, junk.