If you plan to move sometime in the next few months and haven’t set an exact date yet, make plans quickly. The best time to move before the end of summer is now, or within the next month or so. The peak moving season will be here soon.
Peak Moving Season not the Best Time to Move
The busiest moving times generally run from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Many people want to move during summer so demand is high, especially June through August. According to a United Van Lines study, about 40 percent of all domestic household goods moves take place between May 1 and August 31.
Because demand is so high, many movers increase costs during those busy times, so you could pay more. Plus, scheduling your chosen pickup and delivery dates can be difficult during the peak moving months. Although the best movers will be able to accommodate your schedule, additional charges may apply.
You can find better deals and more flexibility when moving during the off-peak season, which is September through April. That off-peak time is quickly running out, though. If you are ready to schedule your move, contact your mover now to see if your preferred dates are available and how much, if any, you could save by scheduling different dates.
Moving During the Summer
If you do plan to move during the peak season, try to schedule the move for mid-month during the middle of the week, when demand is not quite as high. More people want to move on a weekend at the end of the month, so movers are busier.
What is the Best Day for Moving?
Because the weekends are busiest for movers, avoid moving on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Schedule your move on a Tuesday or Wednesday, if possible. It could save you a few dollars. Call your movers and ask.
Get Help with Your Move
Any move, even ones planned several months in advanced, can be hectic. Moving in less than six weeks may seem nearly impossible, but it is actually quite common. In fact, many people move with only two weeks or less notice.
However, a move without months of planning does require more focus, organization and flexibility. Use moving tips and a checklist. They can save time and your sanity. And hire full service movers, if your budget allows.
A full service moving company can provide complete door-to-door relocation. That includes planning the move as well as packing and unpacking services. It will cost a little more, but enables you to focus on the many other details you must take care of while the professionals handle your move.
If you’re unable to pay the additional costs, enlist the help of family and friends. You will need it.