Why Off-Season Moving Saves You Money

You can probably already guess that a DIY move can save you money, but did you know that by just knowing when the best time to move is, you could save money? Choosing the right date for your move can make the difference when trying to make a budget-conscious decision over one that will break your bank account.

Summer is not only the hottest time of the year to move, but it is also the most popular time. Why? Maybe it is because kids typically start new schools in the fall, so parents want to be settled into a new house by then. It could possibly be because people are starting new jobs at the end of summer or early fall. Perhaps it is because that dream house has just hit the market at the beginning of summer, and homeowners are quick to jump on it. Even the better weather can persuade homeowners to make the move during warmer months as it’s often easier to move when weather conditions aren’t cumbersome or severe. There are tons of possible reasons why summer is the most popular season for moving.

While there’s no one clear answer as to why summer months have so many people packing up, the moving struggle is pretty real during this time of year. A summer move can mean making sacrifices with your budget, time, and basic needs in order to get the job done, as many people will be facing the same struggle.

If you are the type who is always looking for ways to save money, you might want to consider moving during the industry’s off-season.

Pros and Cons of Off-Season Moving

As with any decision, choosing when to move means facing the pros and cons of how off-season compares to peak season.

Pro: Competitive Pricing

Making a move between September and May can often guarantee huge savings. This is because demand is lower and more professional movers are available for hire. Competitive pricing is next-to-guaranteed.

Con: Inconvenient Weather Conditions

Think about it. Who wants to move rain-logged cardboard boxes or wear slickers and shovel snow on top of all the regular hassles of moving? Not many. However, for those of us who prioritize our budgets, it might be worth it to put in some extra work to make arrangements for bad weather. Securing a new home for fall, winter or early spring can offer thousands of dollars in savings.

Pro: Availability

If you are hiring professional movers to do the job, securing a DIY moving service (such as a rentable truck or pod), or moving across the country, you should strongly consider off-season move. Because demand is so low between September and May, there will be a higher ratio of available moving services to choose from. Additionally, many moving companies will work for a lot less because the demand is the lowest of the year, so will enjoy much lower prices.

Weekends vs. Weekdays

On top of the seasonal decision, you can also save more money on your move by choosing specific days of the week. How many times have you tried to move on a weekend because it’s more convenient with work and school schedules? Well, you are not the only one who thinks this way. Most people preparing for a move look for weekend availability. By scheduling your move during an off-season weekday, you can count on increased savings due to a much lesser demand.

See for Yourself

If you still aren’t sure when to start house hunting or apartment hunting, there are various websites you can use to estimate moving costs by time of year. Sites like www.freemovingquote.com or www.moving.com have free moving cost calculators that you can put to the test. Try selecting a date during the off-season, between the months of September and May. These sites will show you that off-season moving can mean the difference of spending 3K on your off-season move or 10K during peak season.

About the Author

Chan Plett is a professional web content writer and self-proclaimed moving expert, after having moved nearly once or twice every year for the past eight years. She's written for Nordstrom, Eventbrite, and several online blogs.