Summer is one of the busiest times of the year for the moving industry in the United States. With kids out of school, it’s no surprise this is the first choice for many families when considering a time to move. For many people, summer may seem like the most convenient time of the year to move, but in many states this is not always the case. If your schedule allows for flexibility, consider picking an off-peak moving season like fall. Here are just a few benefits to moving during the fall.
In the summer months moving companies are at their peak seasons. There is a huge demand for movers during June through August, resulting in higher prices and limited moving date options. If you don’t remember to book months in advance, or if your move is sudden and unexpected, you may be stuck with a poor quality mover, or no mover at all. Fall is the most cost-effective time of the year to move and it will also be much easier to get first dibs on your desired moving date. With the rush season over by fall, moving companies will naturally be more willing to accommodate any special dates, schedules or needs you may have for your move. By September, you will find that it is much easier to book a mover, and prices will also be more affordable than if you chose to move during the summer.
Many people also choose to move during the summertime because it’s more reliable for sunny days which can make your move easier. But summer could also mean hot temperatures and high humidity. These conditions can make you sweaty and uncomfortable after only a short time of packing and lifting heavy boxes. The heat can make even the simplest activity exhausting and dangerous if a person isn’t properly hydrated. If you plan a move during the fall, it will actually be more pleasant for you because the temperatures are much more mild. The unbearable summer temperatures will have cooled off and you may even feel a nice, cool breeze. This results in a much more efficient and comfortable moving day.
Home buyers can also take advantage of this slow time. Since less people move during the fall, buyers will find they have more power when house-hunting. Although there may be less options to choose from, the market will not be as competitive as it would have been during the peak spring and summer months. This reduces the pressure buyers may feel to submit offers before they are ready, out of fear for losing a home to another buyer, and also lowers the chances of ending up in a bidding war. Since the market will not be as competitive, this could also save buyers money.
Tips For A Successful Fall Move
The best way to handle a fall move it to prepare for the conditions you may encounter. With all of the fall moving benefits considered, there are a few extra things you can do to make your fall move a success.
Clear Any Debris
Fall can be a very beautiful season with a variety of color-changing leaves but these leaves can also become a safety hazard on moving day. Piles of fallen leaves could unknowingly be covering sticks and wet leaves, becoming especially slippery, all of which can become tripping hazards for you and your movers. Wet leaves can also stick to the bottom of shoes, making any indoor floor surface extremely slippery and dangerous. To prevent potential damage to your belongings as well as injury to yourself and others, it’s crucial that your lawn, sidewalk and any areas around your home are free of leaves on moving day. With so many heavy boxes and furniture to move, it’s important to keep everyone safe on moving day.
Like any season, the weather in fall can be unpredictable. Remember to dress appropriately for any unseasonably cold or wet weather. While you certainly can’t predict the weather, you can still plan for it. In the days leading up to your move, pay attention to your local weather forecast so you have an idea of what to might expect. Dressing in layers is great for moving on cold days. If the temperature drops, you will still be warm enough and if the temperature rises, you can easily remove a layer or two. It’s also important to have some rain gear on hand just in case. If you find that wet weather is in the forecast, make sure you have some tarps and blankets on-hand to protect furniture and boxes from getting damaged during loading and unloading. For every move, avoid wearing open-toed sandals and flip-flops. Closed-toe shoes like tennis shoes or sneakers are the safest option you can pick.