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3 Reasons Autumn is the Most Flexible Time to Move

Spring cleaning might plant the idea of moving in your mind; something about reorganizing your closets for the tenth time makes it clear you need more space. But before you pull the trigger on a summer move, consider waiting a few months. Moving in the fall is the most flexible time to move, for a few reasons. Here are three reasons fall makes a great time to transition into a new home.

1. Movers Have More Openings

About 80% of moves take place between April and early September, making fall the off-season for most moving companies. College kids are already settled into their new apartments by September, and families who were moving school districts have already unpacked and begun the new school year. Moving in fall gives you more flexibility because you can choose a date that works for you, rather than being forced to move on the one random Tuesday where your local mover can fit you in. There will simply be more of those coveted Saturday appointments available if you move in October instead of July.

2. The Weather Will (Probably) Cooperate

Autumn falls conveniently between the scorching summer sun and frigid winter temps. If you live in a location with four distinct seasons, the temperate weather of fall also makes it the most flexible time to move (you’ll also dodge spring showers). When the temperatures rise in excess of 100 degrees in mid-August, your movers may flat out cancel on you-nobody wants to risk the health of their staff. Likewise, come December, if there are icy roads or a blizzard, your movers may have to reschedule. When you move during autumn months, you won’t have to work around inclement weather, which ultimately makes the process more flexible.

3. Lower Prices (and More Options)

Moving during autumn also means paying less. Because it’s the off-season, pricing is less competitive. While you’re still wise to get multiple bids before you choose a mover, when the prices are reasonable you may feel less pressured to choose the lowest bid. During autumn, you’re more apt to receive multiple bids within your budget, and more affordable bids translates to more freedom.

When you’re not stuck to the only mover to offer an hourly rate you can afford, you get to choose the right mover based on their reputation, schedule, and other important factors, aside from what they charge. Keep in mind that early September is still a popular moving time for many students and people starting a new job in education, so begin seeking out bids for late September and beyond to save big and give yourself more flexibility.

Moving is always a big undertaking, but it can be less stressful-and more affordable-if you time it right. Moving in the fall means you get your pick of moving dates, good prices, and you’re unlikely to get derailed by a surprise from mother nature. If you’re looking for a new place to call home, don’t fall into the move until late September!


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