Is spring the best season to move house?

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BY ETHAN GREENFIELDON \ FEB 14, 2017.
Spring is a time for change and new beginnings – a time to awake from hibernation (literally and figuratively) and spring into action, a time to start afresh and move on with life. And if you happen to be considering an actual move, this is just the time to set your plans in motion. After all, what better time to move house and transition into a new chapter of your life than springtime when the entire world is in a transition as well? Not only are you quite likely to feel the urge for a new beginning when witnessing the rebirth and renewal of nature all around you, but you will be also inclined to do something active and meaningful after the long months of lethargy during the gloomy winter season.

But is it really a good idea to move in the spring? What are the pros and cons of relocating during the first warm months of the year? How to organize a spring move?

You will find all the answers you need in the comprehensive guide to moving in spring below.

Why move in spring?
It’s easy to understand the reasons why spring is considered by many the best season to move house – the mild temperatures, longer hours of daylight, and renewed zest for life, change, and improvement, typical of springtime, make the arduous relocation process look much easier and way more exciting than it may seem at any other time of the year. Yet, many people still drop the idea of moving during the spring in favor of the much more traditional summer moves. If you take some time to think it through, though, you may find that the benefits of moving in the spring far outweigh the reasons for relocating in the summer (or any other season, for that matter):

Mild weather
The favorable atmospheric conditions in the period from late March to early June are rightfully considered the greatest advantage of moving house in the spring. The weather is nice and warm, the various hazards of moving in the winter (heavy snowfall, severe storms, icy roads, etc.) are no longer a concern and the sweltering summer heat is not a factor yet. This makes the laborious moving tasks (carrying heavy items around, loading and unloading the moving truck) easier to complete and greatly reduces the risks involved in the relocation process (accidents and injuries on moving day, delays on the roads, water damage to the shipment, etc.). It can be said that the excellent climatic conditions in spring lessen the moving stress and help ensure the final success of a relocation endeavor.

Good to know: It is true that spring weather is very unpredictable and quickly changing, but it can never get as chilly as in the winter or as sultry as in the summer. And while there is no guarantee against high winds and/or torrential rain on Moving day, you’re still very likely to enjoy mild temperatures and pleasant weather at the time of your move.

Lower moving costs
It is no secret that the moving costs soar up during the summer period – the busiest moving season, when more than a third of all the residential moves in the country take place. This means that you can easily save some of your hard-earned money by “avoiding the crowd” and scheduling your relocation for some time during the months from September to May (provided that you are in a position to choose the time-period of your move, of course). The best bargains will be for the winter months, but you are very likely to receive a considerable discount for a spring move as well (most moving companies will be willing to offer highly competitive prices at that time of the year in order to attract more customers and secure more jobs). That is to say, you’ll be able to secure higher quality moving services at a lower price when moving in spring.

Quality moving services
When looking for professional moving assistance with your forthcoming spring relocation, you will have a great number of reputable moving companies to choose from. As already mentioned, there are fewer moves taking place in the spring, so no moving company will be fully booked for the vernal months and you will be able to choose among the best movers in the industry. Therefore, it won’t be difficult to find a trustworthy company that perfectly suits your needs and requirements in terms of professional experience, affordable pricing, available extra services, specialized moving equipment, etc.

Last but not least, you’re certain to get an experienced moving crew, not some temporary laborers who may not have the skills to handle your move in a safe and efficient manner (moving company often employ seasonal helpers during the busy summer months when they’re short of workers).

Convenient moving date
The smaller the number of residential moves, the more moving dates there will be available, of course. So, apart from top-rated movers, you’ll have no problem securing a convenient date for your spring move as well – you won’t have to change your plans and adjust to the available options (as is often the case during the peak moving season), but will be able to perform your move exactly when you wish to.

Better chance to sell your home for a profit
Spring is widely considered to be the best season for selling a home – anyone who is looking to buy a new property will prefer to make the deal in the spring, so that they have enough time to settle in by the time summer arrives. Besides, a house is likely to look much more appealing in the spring than in any other season – tidy and inviting after a good spring cleaning, surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful flowers, etc. The combination of these factors results in an increased opportunity to sell your home quickly and at a great price.

So, when moving in the spring, you have every chance to get more money for your old property, as well as to speed up the relocation process. Needless to say, the profitable sale will also help put your mind at ease and will provide you with the means to perform your move and buy a great new home in your new area without experiencing any financial difficulties.

How to organize your spring move?
Organizing a spring move involves the same careful planning (setting up a moving budget, making a moving calendar, finding good movers, etc.) and laborious preparations (sorting out your belongings, getting rid of no-longer needed items, making a moving inventory, packing your items, putting the required paperwork in order, organizing moving day, etc.) as any other house move, of course. However, when planning for your spring relocation, you need to keep some specifics in mind:

Book a moving company as early as possible (before the end of winter!) to get a better deal on your move and to secure the services of experienced professionals on the most convenient moving date for you;
If possible, schedule your book for early spring to get the lowest possible prices (the last months of spring are closer to the peak moving season, so they are busier and the moving costs get higher);
If possible, plan your move for the early afternoon – this is not only the warmest part of the day during the spring, but also the time-period with the lowest pollen density (pollen count tends to be highest in the morning). The presence of pollen can be a major concern if you experience allergy symptoms during the spring, so an early afternoon move will be your best bet;
Take advantage of the spring break (if you have school-aged children). Moving during the spring break will be very beneficial for your kids – they won’t miss any classes (so their grades won’t be affected), will have a few weeks before the summer vacation to make new friends, will be able to pick a summer camp and choose summer activities they’re going to enjoy, etc.;
Make the most out of spring cleaning – you can fill two needs with one deed when spring-cleaning your home – make your home look tidy and attractive (so that it makes a great first impression on potential buyers) and sort out your belongings (so that you can set apart the items you’re going to take to your new home and the ones that you no longer need). You can even go a step further and create a complete and updated inventory of your items while cleaning and organizing your home;
Organize a garage sale to get rid of unwanted items and add some extra money to your relocation budget. Spring is the best time of the year to hold a yard sale – the weather is nice and people are more willing to buy new stuff after the great “spring purge”;
Mind the weather:
Seal the boxes tightly to keep pollen out;
Provide tarpaulin covers or other appropriate coverings to protect your belongings against moisture in the event of rain on Moving day;
Set up a makeshift canopy between the moving truck and your home to prevent your items from getting wet if it’s raining on the Big day;
Line the front porch and the entryway to your home with old rugs and towels to prevent mud and water from getting inside;
Put some old carpets, blankets, or tarps on the floors to protect them from dirt and muddy water;
Wear appropriate clothes (a hat, a rain jacket, layered garments that can be shed when the temperatures get higher, etc.) and shoes (sturdy boots with anti-slippery soles) that will ensure your comfort and your safety.

The above tips for moving during the spring will ensure the successful outcome of your relocation adventure and will help you give a blooming start to your renewed life. Happy spring moving!

3 Red-Hot Reasons to Move During the Icy Cold Winter

| Jan 27, 2017

If moving in the dead of winter (or, really, doing anything other than wearing a Snuggie and watching Netflix) doesn’t sound ideal, we don’t blame you. The kids are in school. There are holidays to deal with. The days are short and dark. And it’s cold—really, really cold.

But there are a few very good reasons to break out those coats and boots and start hauling boxes—or better yet, paying someone else to haul boxes for you. If you have any control over your moving schedule, you might want to zero in on the winter season. Here’s why.

Reason No. 1: You’ll save money

There’s a certain ebb and flow to the moving business. Things peak in the summer, when the weather warms up, then start to die down in the fall, when the back-to-school grind begins. By winter, the number of moves is down to a trickle.

You see where we’re going with this: By going against the grain and moving during the winter, you could save mucho dinero on the cost of your professional move.

“The busy season is ending in September, so discounts are starting to pop,” says Nimrod Sheinberg, sales manager for Oz Moving and Storage in New York City. “As we get closer to December, prices continue to drop and stay low for the months of January and February. The way back up starts in March, and we hit the busy season by the end of April.” So, why not take advantage?

And you won’t just save with moving companies. If you’re downsizing or need to store your stuff between moves, renting a storage unit can be cheaper in the winter, too.

“Storage facilities’ occupancies typically drop [in winter], so consumers can take advantage of the best prices and the best promotions of the year,” says Matt Casady, marketing manager for Stor-N-Lock Self Storage.

To boost your discount potential further, schedule your move during the week (not on the weekend) and toward the middle of the month. That’s when moving company schedules are generally the lightest.

Reason No. 2: You’ll have less competition

If you live in an urban area, moving during the high season can be a pain in the butt. The last time I tried to move (even with booking a month in advance), my preferred moving company didn’t even have an opening on a Wednesday morning during the entire month I needed to move.

And trying to haul your stuff in and out of self-storage is no picnic, either.

“In the summer, there’s often several tenants moving in and out on a given day of the week, so sometimes you may have to maneuver past a few different moving trucks,” Casady says.

But if you move in the winter, all of the not-as-smart-as-you folks won’t be vying for the movers’ attention. You’ll have more freedom to schedule your move when you want—even at the last minute.

Reason No. 3: Your belongings might be safer

Most of the country can reach scorching temperatures in the summer. But the temperatures you feel outside are nothing compared to the temperatures inside a moving truck or your own car trunk.

You can drastically lower your risk of ruining everything you own by packing carefully. But one slip-up could mean goodbye to your fragile record collection or one-of-a-kind oil painting. And slip-ups happen—of this I can attest. Here’s a brief list of items that have been ruined from being left on a hot truck or in my car for too long:

  • 1 Creedence Clearwater Revival vinyl record
  • 2 Ella Fitzgerald vinyl records
  • 3 brand-new soy wax candles
  • 6 bars of overpriced soap
  • 1 hair flat iron (after a soap and candle avalanche)
  • 1 entire refrigerator’s worth of perishable food (The movers grabbed the box by mistake, put it in the back of the truck, and then left it there while they unloaded and reassembled my furniture.)

 

But if you move in the winter, you might find yourself quite grateful for those frigid temps.

“If you move and store stuff during the winter months, you greatly reduce the risk of your belongings being damaged by overheating,” Casady says. “Moving trucks and storage units generally stay plenty cool in the winter.”

But don’t be a hero

Now that we’ve highlighted all of the advantages, moving in winter seems like a dream, doesn’t it? But don’t forget to employ some good old-fashioned caution when you’re planning your move.

Check the weather reports ahead of time. If you’re moving to an unfamiliar area, ask your Realtor® or landlord if the streets around your new home are salted quickly after a storm, just in case it snows. And finally, don’t forget to bring extra blankets and tarps, just in case it does drizzle or snow a bit while you’re moving.

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