Few things in life are quite as stressful as moving. Most people don’t realize that most of the stress involved in moving is a result of a lack of preparation and organization. Moving does not need to be a hugely expensive or stressful event. Planning ahead and preparing for your move the right way can be way cheaper and easier than you think. One important thing to consider is the best time to move. The timing of your move can affect how expensive it can get. Keep reading to learn about the most affordable time to move.
Convenience is Expensive
When moving most people are hoping to make the move as conveniently as possible. This means that they do not want the move to interfere with other obligations they may have with school and work. Therefore, it makes sense that the most expensive times to move are the busiest times, and the busiest times are the summer months. People are often wanting to take advantage of their children’s summer holidays off from school to make a major move.
This obviously has some advantages. Your kids’ schedules will not be upended and if you are moving out of the current school district, your children will not need to change schools during a school year. Changing schools during a school year can be upsetting to children.
Another factor to consider is that people often try to move when it will not interfere with their work too much. This means that weekends are also hot times, aka expensive times, to move.
Pretty much across the board, you will pay more during the summer and on the weekends. If you really want to save some cash on your move, you will need to plan a move with a date landing in the late fall through winter. You will also want to plan an exact moving date on Monday-Thursday. This may mean that you will miss work or your kids will miss school. If you are willing to make those sacrifices, then you can really save some money with moving companies.
Other Factors On Timing
Beyond work and school, there are a few other factors you will want to consider when planning your move. Certain times of the year will have more favorable weather than others. Springtime, although warmer than winter, can sometimes have unpredictable weather. In some areas of the country, this can mean tornado season and flooding season. You should really pay attention to the weather trends in the area you are relocating to in order to avoid disaster.
You can’t always predict the weather, obviously, but you can do your best to use common sense and move during a time period when good weather can be somewhat expected.
Plan Ahead to Save
Even if you can’t plan for exactly the perfect time to move, you can still save some money with careful planning. One of the most expensive factors to moving can be disorganization. Long before time to hire a moving company, you need to take the time to create a detailed to-do list. Make sure the items on your to-do list make sense with your expected timeline.
Some of the items on this list might include:
- Decluttering and cleaning
- Streamlining possessions
- Planning turn off and turn on dates for utilities
- Getting quotes from moving companies
- Hiring a moving company
- Reserving a date
- Organizing friends and family for the moving date
Getting these items planned out will save you time and therefore money.
Finding a Moving Company
If you have not had a lot of experience with moving companies, then you will want to do some research in order to choose the best one. A great way to do this research is by reading reviews or actually talking to friends and family who have moved with a company. What did they like? What did they dislike? Who do they recommend? Word of mouth is often a very reliable form of advertising and research.
Make sure the company you hire is bonded and insured so as to protect your possessions.
After you have made a list of possible options, you will want to get some price quotes. Most companies will offer you a free quote. This quote will be based on how many vehicles will be needed and how much will be moved. Although moving is a big step in life, it does not need to be hugely expensive or stressful. Use these helpful tips to pick the best, most affordable times to move.