Peak Moving Season. When Is It?
May 26th, 2022
The peak moving season in the United States runs from May through August, but there are ways to make sure you're as prepared as possible if you need to move your household during that time period. This article will help you prepare your home and your life so that your move will go smoothly and stress-free.
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The days around Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day are times of high demand for moving companies. The weekends leading up to these holidays are often hectic. While there are moving industry estimates on peak seasons, it's best to plan your move carefully to avoid paying any additional fees that might result from booking during the busy season. Start with dates for school year-end and summer vacations – typically between May and August – then consider major holidays when friends and family members may also be relocating (this includes graduations). If you can plan a move during non-peak periods like November through February or mid-April through mid-June, you could receive major discounts on both your rental truck and storage unit rental.
If You're Thinking About Selling, Start Preparing Now
The peak moving season falls during the summer months, meaning demand for movers tends to be high around Memorial Day and Labor Day. However, if you want to know when it's best to start your move, first figure out where you're going—long-distance or local—and what time of year you plan to make your trek. For instance, if you're planning on moving long-distance in September or October, it's best to book your move in June or July. That way, your movers can schedule their time off (the weeks surrounding major holidays are super busy) and get a feel for what kinds of packages they need to stock up on. You can also save by booking early—many services even offer discounted rates when you reserve earlier in advance.
Check Your Credit
If you plan to move on your own, it's important to check your credit report before you start house hunting. That way, you can know what kind of a deal—or how much cash—you'll need to put down on a home. Your credit report includes information about your current and past financial situations, including loans and outstanding debts that may affect your ability to obtain a mortgage. It also has detailed information about where you live (such as in an apartment or owned property) and where you work. Before renting or buying a home, make sure all of that information is correct—if not, it could hurt you when dealing with lenders or other relevant parties.
Check for Any Savings Programs in Your Area
Look into any moving discount programs that might be offered in your area. Many municipalities offer their residents discounts on local movers. The main goal of these programs is to get folks to move locally, but if you have an option, you can save yourself a lot of money by going with an out-of-town mover instead. Before setting up your moving date, take some time to research whether any discount offers are available for local movers in your area; it could really help save you some cash and reduce stress during a busy time! If nothing is available locally, don't worry: Check out our guide to finding cheap movers. You might be surprised by how affordable it can be!
Find Movers and Packers
It's time to move! Now, where do you start? Finding movers and packers may seem like a daunting task at first. But all you need to do is start with some simple research. The internet can be a great resource for finding reputable companies—you just have to know where to look. Check out local businesses or national brands; compare moving estimates, and read reviews from other customers who've hired them before. Once you find someone that fits your needs, book an appointment to get a complete quote on their services and schedule an in-person estimate if necessary.
Decide What to Take with You and What to Leave Behind
As you're packing for your next big move, take a minute to decide what items are truly important to you. If it's been a while since you looked through your collection of knickknacks and never-worn clothes, a thorough review could go a long way. Make sure you give yourself permission to discard those items that hold little value to you but have lots of sentimental value to someone else, even if they need some TLC first.
When moving, it's easy to get overwhelmed by everything you have to do and forget about what you've already accomplished. Keep a list of chores that need to be done, both big and small. To stay organized and focused on moving forward, create an inbox for your house where you can drop off all of your packing supplies and important documents. As items in your inbox get cleared out (like packing tape), they will help unclutter your space. You may even find that when one task is done, another falls into place more easily! Take photos: Sometimes, it's hard to remember just how much space we take up with our stuff or how certain rooms looked before we moved in.
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