What is the Best Time of Year to Move?

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With a grand total of 525,600 minutes, you’ve got a lot to consider when deciding the best time of year to move. So, when is it?

Let’s take a look at some of the factors that help us determine the best time to move. We’ll cover the ideal season, optimal month, specific day and even the preferred time of said day.

Breaking Down the Best Time to Move

Late fall into the new year tend to be the slowest time for moving companies. With the holidays approaching, people generally shy away from a big commitment, such as moving. The warm summer months are generally preferred over the chillier winter months when planning a move. Do you value comfort or cost more?

Not that you can’t get a great price on a full house move in the middle of summer or have some nice weather in the dead of winter. Odds are though, you’ll have the best move of your life if you plan the time of year correctly.

Defining the Best Season to Move

Transition of seasons from spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Depending on where you are located, the definition of “best season to move” will vary by region. As a top rated Southern California moving company (opens in new tab), we’ll focus on the Southwest and how each season differs here.

Winter – Demand for moving companies is lower than usual, but weather conditions may be less than ideal depending on your location.

Spring – Moving companies are still in lower demand than summer or fall and outdoor conditions might still be cool enough for a comfortable move.

Summer – Going to be the hottest time, but home sales tend to see a higher selling price in the summer months.

Fall – Weather conditions are perfect for moving and homes/apartments may be cheaper in this season.

Best Month to Move

Considering the cost or comfort question from earlier, you’re likely to find a cheaper move during the fall through spring. That is because those with children often move during the summer months as to avoid any disruption to their schooling. By booking in the off season, you’ll likely better deals. However, a lot of moving companies may take the slow season off, so it is a good idea to contact local movers for their schedule and seasonal rates. If the price is right, we recommend October as the best month to move.

If money isn’t an issue for your upcoming move, consider following the trend and sticking with the summer months. Those who prefer warm weather will enjoy moving more in the spring or summer. And since moving into a new home or apartment can be stressful, you should get as much pleasure out of it as possible. If that’s your case, we’d suggest moving in June.

Determining the Best Day to Move

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Cost wise, the best day to move is going to be Monday through Thursday as most people don’t want to take a personal day off when moving. So less demand equals a lower cost in most situations. Obviously the weekend is going to be more convenient for those with a standard 9 to 5 job.

Along with a weekday for those concerned of cost, aim near the middle of the month. As most leases tend to start/end in mid-month, moving some time in the middle should be cheaper.

Choosing the Best Time of Day to Move

You’ll want to do the morning, especially when moving in Southern California where it can get rather hot by mid-day. An early start allows for the heavy/bulkier items to be transported before the day really starts to heat up. We know that your movers will appreciate it!

Conclusion: Best Time of the Year to Move

At the end of the (moving) day, it’ll be entirely up to your personal preference on when you choose to move. But if looking for the best deal, we recommend the following:

Season = Late fall through the start of spring

Month = October for warmer climates and April for colder regions

Day = Monday through Thursday if time permits

Time = Early morning

Have you decided on a time to move? Great! The next step is downloading our Ultimate Moving Checklist and then getting a free estimate from Silver Star Moving and Storage.

Published by Jimmy Mulls

Jimmy Mulls has experience in the industry, having worked for a variety of moving companies throughout the country before settling in Los Angeles. With a passion for helping people execute a straightforward move, writing about the subject comes natural. He's the lead content creator for Silver Star Moving and Storage and covers a range of related topics such as where to move and how to prepare for moving day. And being a natural born traveler, he has seen much of Southern California so he prides himself on knowing the most efficient routes throughout the region.

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