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When Is the Best Time of Year for Moving?

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Interstate Moving Professionals

Posted On : Sep 26, 2014

If you’re lucky enough to be able to choose what time of year you do your local or long-distance move, when should it be? There are many factors to consider when choosing a time of year to move. If you’re moving for a new job, you’ll need to negotiate your moving date with your new employer. Even if you’re staying at the same job, you’ll need to figure out when is the best time to take a few days off to get settled in your new place. And if you have children in school, things become even more complicated.

                In general, the peak moving season is in the summer. College students are moving either to school or back home from school, or moving between apartments. Many parents with school-age children also tend to prefer the summer months for moving to minimize disruption to the school year (more on that in a bit). So if you want to find an available moving company and affordable moving rates, your best bet would be choosing spring or late fall for your moving date.

                Another thing to consider is what type of dwelling you’re moving to. If you’re just starting to think about apartment shopping, take note that winter is the slowest time of year for apartment shopping, so landlords might be more likely to cut you a deal during a negotiation in the coldest months of the year. However, the risk of a crippling blizzard might overshadow any deal you get on the rent, especially if you’re moving in NYC in the winter. If you’re planning on buying a home, consider that the housing market also slows down during the winter just the same as the renting market.

                If you have children in school, the common wisdom is to move during the summer so that it doesn’t disrupt the school year. This makes sense for a lot of families, especially if you’re only doing a local move and the kids are going to be attending the same school in the fall. If you are moving long-distance, or at least far enough away that the children will need to become acquainted with a new school, the question of timing the move becomes more complicated.

                Moving during the summer allows your children to say goodbye to their friends at their old school and have time to get ready for the experience of a new school. Arriving at your new home a few weeks before the school year begins also allows your kids time to get used to the area and make new friends. Depending on your child’s age and attachment to the current school, this might be the right option. Another philosophy about moving with school-age kids argues that moving in the middle of the school year allows kids to make new friends right away at school. If you really do have a lot of flexibility to choose what time of year to move, talk over these options with your kids and see what works best for them.

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