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What is the Best Time of the Year to Move?

If you have the luxury of choosing when to move, you may be interested to learn that the cost of moving does vary throughout the year. If you have flexibility regarding the date of your move you can save some money by following these helpful guidelines. There are two main factors regarding the timing of your move that can affect the cost of your move: the season, and the day of the week. While the season may seem like common sense to some, most do not realize you can save money simply based on the day of the week you move.

In the moving industry there are two main seasons throughout the year – peak and non-peak season. Non-peak season is generally during the fall and winter, while Peak season tends to run through the spring and summer. Each year the moving industry is significantly busier from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Movers will generally increase their moving rates slightly during this season to react to the supply versus demand issues faced during this season. If you have flexibility regarding the season you are moving in, you can save yourself some money by moving during the off season.

Unfortunately most people do not have the flexibility to choose the season they will move. Job changes or family matters often make those choices for us. Never fear, there are still other ways you can save money throughout your move. Many of the top van lines and movers have recently begun using an activity based pricing model to price their moves. This means that if you can move on a slower day, you will receive better pricing on your move. Fridays and Thursdays tend to be the busiest days of the week for movers, so you will usually be able to get better pricing on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Also, the last week of every month is always the busiest for moving companies, so moving in the second or third week of the month will also help you get better pricing on your move. By pricing their moves in this manner, movers are able to help smooth out their moving demand during the week. Ask your mover what days they are slower, and you will be able to save yourself some money along the way.

Here are some other suggestions to keep your moving costs down year round:

  • Pack Yourself: Hiring your mover to handle the packing is great. It will save you a lot of time, and you can rest easy knowing everything will get there safely. However this service does carry a cost. If you are looking to save some money, consider doing the packing on your own. Not only will you save money, but it will give you a chance to review everything you own and get rid of items you may no longer need.
  • Downsize: Review what you are moving – everything you eliminate reduces the weight of your move and thus lowers your overall costs.
  • Book early: Booking your move early – as much as 6 months in advance – will often allow you to save even more.

At the end of the day, when you choose to move is completely up to you. Regardless of the day or season, if you’ve picked a quality mover there are simply no bad days to move. It is good to be informed though, so if you do have some flexibility on your moving date you can save yourself a little extra money and figure out what the best time of the year to move is for you.

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Written by Rob Galardi

Rob serves Corrigan Moving Systems as Director of Residential Sales.

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