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When Is the Best Time to Move?

Eva Johnson August 20, 2019
Posted August 20, 2019 In Moving Tips&Tricks,
Eva Johnson

Digital nomad born in New York but currently living online, Eva knows everything there is to know about packing and moving.

Are There Best and Worst Times for Moving?

Getting to know the pros and cons of every season will shed some light on your dilemma. There are also personal reasons which impact your decision. For example, if you want to save money, you are advised to move in late fall, winter or early spring. But if you have school-age children, you will have to opt for summer.

Time When People Mostly Move

According to some statistics, nearly 60% of all relocations happen from May to September, mostly because this is ideal for families with school-age children. It is not recommended by the movers, since they are overcrowded with work, so their prices are higher.

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What are the Benefits and Drawbacks of Moving

Apart from the fact that people usually move for better working and living conditions, relocation means saying good-bye to some bad habits we may have developed or excessive belongings we have accumulated over the year. A fresh start is sometimes all we need to make that necessary change in our lives. And if you use the proper tips, packing and moving by air or sea shouldn’t be a problem, even if you keep your items in storage.

Saying goodbye to our home, our familiar neighborhood, or our favorite parks,  can be a lot to process. Not to mention that relocation is a costly adventure, so your budget will need some time to recover.


Which is the Best Season of the Year?

Summer is considered by many people to be a great period of the year to move. However, the prices are higher due to increased demand. It is also suitable for families with children as the school is off, but you would lose your summer vacation. If you are not limited by the school year, fall is an excellent period to move. Also, during the off-season months, it is easier to get discounts on rentals.

Winter may be the preferred period of the year from the standpoint of cost-effectiveness as fewer people are looking for apartments, so you are likely to get a better price. Movers are available and their prices might be a bit lower since their demand is low. Spring may be a good time, as the weather conditions are perfect, while the prices are still lower than in the summer.

What is the Best Month and Day to Move?

The off-season is generally considered ideal for relocation. But if you live in a colder climate, you would want to skip winter for obvious reasons such as road conditions, heavy snowfalls, and other inconveniences it brings along. If you are a working person and have a busy period at work, you will have to go for the weekend, even if it costs you more. If you have school-age children, you are left with summer as the only option, even though it can be hard to find available movers.


As nearly 70% of all relocations take place during the summer and spring, it is only logical that this period is overcrowded and the prices are much higher due to higher demand. From the standpoint of cost-effectiveness, it is advisable to move from mid-September to April. The beginning of September is the period when college students start relocating to large cities, which is why you should avoid this busy period.

This is the Time of the Month to Move

It is advisable to move in the middle of the month, avoiding the beginning or end, since the demand and the costs are lower. Leases usually begin the first of each month, so it is likely to be busy for movers.

Day in the Week

If you already know which months suit your needs, you have to figure out which day in the week works best for you. Any weekday is good for moving. Movers suggest Monday to Thursday for relocation, as the demand is reduced and the prices are lower. If you are a working person, you will have to opt for the weekend. It may be more convenient from the standpoint of unpacking and adjusting to your new home, but it will cost you more.

Part of the Day

The ideal part of the day to start moving is early morning since you will need to unpack once you arrive at your new home. On the other hand, the evening is for those who are not early birds, and it may even be a bit cheaper.

When Should You Move?

Even with our tips in mind, you will be limited by certain personal factors. Therefore, if you ask yourself when is the best time to move, any date which suits your particular situation will be perfectly fine.



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