Moving In The Winter or Fall
To move in a season different from summer has many advantages and could prove a good choice. Many of us knowing that they have to relocate decide to do it over the summer thinking that it is the most convenient and favorable time. Yet there are many reasons why moving away from home in the winter or in the fall can be very encouraging time to move. The common thinking is that the summer is the best time to move because it is warm and sunny, which are favorable factors when relocating. To contradict that widespread general notion, here we will cover a few of the most important reason why it is beneficial to move in off peak moving season.
Appreciative lower moving cost
Moving cost is surely the most important factor for most of us planning a move. Once we start researching for a reliable moving company, the moving rates definitely play a role in whether we hire the company or not. With most Americans moving in the summer, it is the busiest season for the moving industry and it is the norm that moving cost will be higher. Thus, if you are on a tight budget and you are flexible with the moving dates, you will have to spend some time shopping around for a company that fits in your budget and criteria. With the summer winding down though, the moving cost goes down as well. In the fall and early winter, moving companies can lower the rates as much as 30 percent. Take a look at our article about the average moving cost for movers, still consider your location and see how much you can save. Some of the big coast to coast moving companies offer additional moving coupons and discounts if you are moving off season or in the middle of the month, since most people move in the begging or the end of the month.
Cooler weather saving movers’ energy
Besides getting good savings, in off peak moving season you get cooler and fresher air that contributes movers that are more efficient. In the fall and winter, we tend to think that the colder weather will obstruct us when moving. In fact the cooler air contributes to save the energy we accumulate and use it when necessary. Thus, when the movers arrive to start wrapping and packing, and loading they will concentrate their energy to finish the move on time. It has been proven that people work, no matter physically or mentally, more efficiently in cool weather than in hot.
Greater choice of pickup and delivery dates
Next advantage of deciding to relocate in the fall or winter is that you get a greater choice of moving dates. For most times you will get your desired pick up date even in the busy summer, yet the delivery date may be more difficult to choose. Since the moving company will not be that busy in the colder months, they will more likely be able to accommodate your moving demands. It still depends on the type of your move though, yet it will be easier for the moving company to commit to a date when it is not overwhelmed with work.
Less busy roads contributing safer and faster deliveries
Another important and deserving consideration factor for moving in the off peak season is the less busy roads. More than 30 million Americans are moving every summer, and another 30 may be travelling for vacation. Moreover, it is the busiest time for trucking companies as well. So, just imagine how busy the roads of America are in the summer. Millions of cars, RVs and trucks are roaming the roads every day and night. In the colder seasons on the other hand, less people travel the roads are less busy. Therefore, despite the common conception that the roads will be worse because of weather conditions, choosing to relocate in the fall or winter can be actually safer and faster.
Considerably more attention from the moving company
Last, but least by importance factor for choosing to move in the colder season is the fact that you will get more attention from the moving company. What we mean by that is you will get to work with less busy moving consultants who will have more time to work out a deal with you. After you book your local or cross country move, you will get to deal with less pressed by deadline movers who most times will not be in a hurry to another move or too drained after a previous job. Then you will face less busy dispatchers who will be available to answer more questions about your load and about delivery dates. And at the end you will get your household or office goods the way and time you wanted them. What could be better than less stressful move? Nothing, thus consider moving in the fall or winter months to get all these benefits and more. Of course, make sure you are hiring licensed, insured and BBB accredited movers to avoid problems when moving or with your final bill and be especially careful if you are moving during difficult times.
Moving in the Winter – depending on your region
Let’s face it. If you are doing a state to state move in the southern states, then moving in the winter will not be a problem in terms of low temperatures. But in you are planning an interstate relocation in Canada or the Northern US States, then you should probably choose a different time of the year to do that. Also if you are planning a seniors relocation (your parents or grandparents) it is always better to do it in the summer.
Let us know if you think that moving in the colder months sound like an option to you, or if you have had this experience.
Posted on Sep 14, 2011; Last updated: Mar 8, 2012