Though it may not seem like it, fall and winter are a great time to relocate! It is usually a quieter time of the year for moving companies compared to spring and summer. Colder temperatures combined with the season’s influx of rain and snow make it a great time to hibernate, but it also happens to be the ideal time to move. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s worth it to make a move in this time of the year because of the housing market, whether you’re a renter or buying a home. But don’t just take our word for it, read on to find out why you should consider moving during the winter.
Moving companies offer lower rates during the off-season
June and July are the most expensive months to move, no matter where you live. If you live near a college town, or in a college town, expect moving companies to be really busy in late summer months and again in the middle of spring. Since any other month is considered the off-season, rates will be lower because people try to avoid rain and snow. So, if you are planning a move on a tight budget, moving in the late fall and winter is an excellent way for you to get a quality move at a lower cost.
Not only do fall and winter bring cost savings, but they can also mean much more flexibility in scheduling your move. Do you have a tight work schedule or need storage for a week during the relocation process? Movers can be more creative and flexible with handling unique situations during the fall and winter months. Moving companies have more time to coordinate and plan your move during off-season. Also, your goods will probably arrive sooner. All moving companies expand their delivery windows to accommodate the increased volume of shipments during the high season. On the other side, during the fall and winter, the delivery windows may be much shorter, which means you’ll have a much better idea of the arrival date.
If you’re moving into an apartment, this period of the year may be the right time to do it. Apartment complexes will increase their rent during popular summer months. In the fall and winter, it can be more difficult to fill vacant apartments. If a landlord needs to fill an empty room, they may be more willing to negotiate on rent.
With moving before January 1st, there are also possibilities for tax benefits. For example, if you are eligible to write off your moving expenses on your taxes, moving before the new year can allow you to take this deduction when you are moving due to a change in the business location or your job, or if you’re moving because you’ve started an entirely new job or business.
It’s not always possible to dictate precisely when we will move, but if you are that lucky, fall and winter will save you time, money, and unnecessary frustrations.