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Pros and Cons of Planning a Winter Move

In the U.S., the peak moving season runs from roughly May to September. Estimates vary, depending upon which ones you read, but generally, 70%-80% of moves take place between these months. If you are seeking to move in an off-peak time of year, winter is probably your best bet since only a small percentage of moves, in comparison, take place during the chilliest times of the year.

Planning a winter residential move does involve pros and cons. Let’s look at each so you can use this information to make a better-informed decision about your future move.

Pros of a Winter Move

Lower Costs

The most significant pro of moving in the winter might be the cost. Moving services, like anything else, is dictated by supply and demand. As a result, movers typically charge more in the warmer months because they experience high demand, and calendars are likely to fill up. Furthermore, you can save money during winter because many movers offer specials and incentives to move during the off-peak months.

Moving Companies Are More Accessible

When you move in the summer, you might not get to hire the mover you want because of low availability on their schedule. In the winter, you can usually get as many estimates as you want and have a big pool of professional movers to choose from with flexible scheduling.

Less Competition for Finding Homes

Whether renting or buying, you’ll find fewer people seeking places to live in the winter. This means you’ll avoid higher rents or bidding wars. While it’s true there will be fewer places on the real estate market for rentals and purchases, prices will probably be a bit lower due to low demand.

Easier to Move During Holidays

Many industries experience slow times of year or have ample opportunities to take paid time off. This means it might be easier to schedule a move without losing too much time or pay.

Cons of a Winter Move

Cold and Wet Weather

There is some appeal associated with moving on any day that doesn’t involve the scorching sun of summer, but moving on a wet, rainy, icy, or snowy day isn’t exactly a welcoming idea either. You’ll have to pack your belongings to withstand moisture and worry about icy roads and sidewalks.

Interrupted Holidays

While moving during the holidays is ideal for some, it’s not for everyone. Many families celebrate and gather during the winter months, and if you’re busy packing and moving, you might miss out this season.

Changing Schools Mid-Year

If you have children in your household, it’s difficult to uproot them in the middle of a school year. The warmer months are more popular for moving since kids are already out of school for the summer.

Short Hours for Daylight

Moving during the winter can be challenging because the days are so short. If you are moving around the corner, it’s probably less of an issue, but if you’re moving farther distances, this means you’ll be doing some of your move in the dark. This can be especially challenging if you’re not familiar with the new property where you’ll be living.

Ready to Get Planning?

Moving during the winter has advantages and disadvantages, and there is no “right” decision. Whatever you decide, what’s important is it works for you.

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