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Why Fall and Winter are The Best Times to Move

As exciting as it is to move into a new home, the process of getting there can be overwhelming and frustrating. With packing, the process of changing your address and unpacking, moving can be a time-consuming process. If you are moving in the fall or winter, you may also be worried about the weather. The good news is, whether you're moving across town or to a different state, several benefits come with moving during the fall or winter.

Moving Companies are More Flexible

People move every day of the year, but the most common time to move is during the spring and summer. Because the fall and winter are associated with the unexpected, such as bad weather, loading and unloading the moving truck can be an uncomfortable experience. However, movers are more flexible during these times, so they are more likely to work around your schedule, even if the move is a last minute decision.

Better Weather

Moving during the summer means there is less risk of rainstorms, but the cool temperatures of fall make moving conditions much more comfortable. If you have ever moved during the middle of the summer, you know how exhausting it can be trying to accomplish this type of manual labor on a sweltering July afternoon. Fall and early winter mean milder temperatures and no risk of heat exhaustion, which makes the moving process easier on you as well as the movers.

Less Competition

Not only are there fewer people moving during the fall and winter, but there are also fewer people house hunting during this time, making the market less competitive. During this time, there is less risk of bidding wars, and the sellers are more willing to negotiate, especially if they want to be out of their residence before the end of summer.

Tips for Moving in the Fall and Winter

  • Use caution when carrying furniture and boxes on slippery sidewalks, steps, and driveways. If possible, clear the leaves off the walkways before loading and unloading the moving truck. If there is snow on the ground, make sure to shovel a clear path and place salt or kitty litter down to avoid slipping and falling.
  • The movers will ensure their truck has been serviced and it’s crucial for you to do the same. Make sure you have gas in your vehicle, the oil has been changed, and all fluids have been topped off. The last thing you want to happen is a break down on the way to your new home.
  • A fall and winter move is the perfect opportunity to sort through your items. Instead of boxing up the summer clothes you no longer wear, sort through everything and either toss or donate things you won’t use next summer. Not only will this help reduce the clutter in your new home, but it means fewer boxes to unpack.

When moving during this time of the year, remember to dress for the weather! You should also be prepared for the unexpected. For example, if the weather is too bad, talk with the movers about rescheduling to another day — it will be less risky for you and your furniture.

Are you planning a fall or winter move? Contact us at True Friends Moving to schedule your move today.