A little-known but quite true fact is that there are such things as “good” and “bad” times to move. Certain times of day, days of the week, time of the month, and times of year present more efficient and cost-effective backdrops for physical relocation.
As the law of supply and demand dictates, you will have more available resources and assistance to accomplish this major task when very few others are seeking the same things. Thus, movers, moving vehicles, and packing materials are in greater abundance during off-peak moving times.
Lack of external pressure is another major advantage of making an off-season move. Fewer outside distractions means feeling less hurried and all involved parties being able to focus more attention on you.
Ideal time of day
Believe it or not, the crack of dawn is the best possible time of day to move. This is true because moving personal possessions from Point A to Point B invariably takes more time than you think. The earlier you start the more concentration you will have to devote to the task at hand. This means that you will finish much sooner.
Best days of the week
Mid-week days between Monday and Thursday are the best days of the week to relocate. This is true because most relocators reserve moving services on weekends – particularly DIYers who rent large trucks and vans.
Thus, moving companies typically offer lower rates as business is relatively slow on those days. Although it may be a different story in terms of convenience, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the best days to move in terms of cost.
Best time of month
Mid-month dates that fall on or about the 15th are the best parts of the month to move. Moving costs are usually lower during the middle of the month, as there are no major mid-month holidays. Thus, fewer people move at that time, which in turn results in lower prices and greater availability of essential services and supplies.
By contrast, avoid the beginning of the month like the plague. That is when the vast majority of movers leave their present nests in an effort to “save” by staying in their present premises until lease expiration. In reality, however, higher moving costs during the first of the month far exceed any “gain” realized by living out the full terms of your prior lease.
Best time of year
Unlike the other above-mentioned factors, the best time of year to move varies from one person to another. Personal circumstances and overall objectives are the primary determinants of the ideal time of year to move. In general, however, the best moving seasons are late spring and late summer. As the moving business slows during those times, rates drop accordingly. Another general rule of thumb is to avoid moving close to major holidays. This means that you should definitely stay put during December.
If you have school-aged children, summer is your best time of year to move, as it gives kids a chance to say goodbye to playmates and adjust to a new location before returning to classroom rigors. If, on the other hand, you are single or married without children, a winter move is not a bad idea. This is because the moving business is quite sluggish in the wintertime. Thus, you can save a bundle if you do not mind bundling up against freezing cold and snow.