Pros and cons of seasonal moving

May 26, 2016

When you're trying to relocate into a new home or apartment, it's important to consider when you'll be moving. Each season has its own pros and cons, and considering your options can help your move run more smoothly. If you're not sure when you want to pack up and hit the road, here are some factors to keep in mind:

Winter moving

Pros: People don't typically think of moving during cold months, but it can actually be a good time to relocate. During winter, fewer people relocate, which means you'll be more likely to get the movers you want on the day you need. You also won't be running into as much traffic between locations, because not as much road construction is done in winter.

In addition, since the housing market isn't as busy, people who are trying to sell quickly will be open to your negotiations - you might be able to get a better deal on the house you want.

Cons: Cold weather means ice and snow, which makes hazardous driving conditions. This weather can also cause problems for your movers while they're maneuvering objects to and from the truck.

You tend to encounter holidays this time of year, as well. If you're busy moving, you might have to miss out on fun family gatherings so you can finish your relocation.

A for sale sign in a yard with a house in the background covered in snow. Home sellers may be more willing to negotiate their price in the offseason.

Spring moving

Pros: Kids will be getting out of school for a bit during spring break in the U.S., so you won't have to worry about taking your children to school during the move. Also, if you're trying to sell your own property, spring is a peak selling season so it will hopefully leave the market quickly. Since this is also the time for new beginnings, moving to a different home at this time is perfect for your family to start fresh.

Cons: The busier buying time also means more people will be vying for movers. You'll need to book a moving company well in advance so you have professionals on which to rely.

You may also have to deal with rainy weather, which could potentially damage your belongings if anything becomes too wet.

Summer moving

Pros: Moving to a new city with kids is best done during the summer because your children will already be on break. This means you won't have to try to enroll them in a new school system in the middle of courses. Instead, your kids will be able to settle into their new home before meeting their classmates in the fall.

Summer weather also provides one of the best moving times. You don't have to worry about rain or hazardous conditions as often as during other seasons. Further, if you have a lot of items you'd like to get rid of before you move, you can hold a yard sale to declutter your house.

Cons: Sometimes the heat can become a little too much during summer. This can result in overheated or even melted belongings. If you try to move items yourself, you run the risk of dehydration so keep plenty of cold water on hand during your move.

If you hire professional movers, you'll need to reserve their services ahead of time, as well. Many people take advantage of the sunny summer weather so you'll have a lot of competition for booking a mover.

An older couple smiling beside a "sold" sign outside of a home. Summer gives you sunny days, but they may be too hot for moving.

Fall moving

Pros: Fall is one of the best moving times because it's viewed as an offseason. This means that not as many people are looking to relocate during this time of year, which means you'll have an easier time finding movers.

In addition, the weather is neither too hot nor too cold - you can transfer your belongings from one place to another in comfort.

Cons: You can get icy or wet days in fall, which creates a hazard for your movers. If you notice damp leaves obscuring the walkway, be sure to sweep them to the side. This will decrease the risk of slipping.

If you're looking to move some time in the future, make sure you consider all of the seasonal pros and cons before setting your move-out date.

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