5 Benefits of Moving During the Spring
With winter nearing its end, the blossoming flowers, mild temperatures and occasional rainfalls of spring are right around the corner. Historically, springtime has been ideal for escaping the house you’ve been cooped up in all winter, taking a much-needed vacation, and repairing your yard after months of it being frosted over. What many people don’t know is that spring may also be the ideal season to schedule a move. From perfect temperatures to increased savings on professional movers, here are five benefits of moving during springtime:
Cool and Comfortable Weather
Everyone knows that moving is an exhausting, stressful and daunting task; and doing it in the freezing cold or sweltering heat makes it even less enjoyable. Spring weather provides a pleasant middle ground between the chilliness of winter and the sultriness of summer, making for a more comfortable moving experience. Because of the mild temperatures and cool breezes, you won’t have to worry about catching a cold or sweating through your clothing. The only downside is that spring is notorious for being the rainiest season, so there is a chance that your move might be slowed down because of showers.
Lower Costs for Professional Movers
Summer is by far the busiest season for moving companies for a number of reasons – from children being out of school to newlywed couples buying new homes. Because of this, the costs of hiring a moving company rise from the beginning of May until Labor Day. To save yourself some significant cash, plan your move for the spring. Because the demand for movers is lower during this season, many moving companies offer deals on premiere services, allowing you to receive a more comprehensive move without breaking your bank.
More Flexibility in Scheduling Professional Movers
Unless you call a mover and lock down a moving date months in advance, chances are you won’t be able to move on a date of your choosing. Due to the high volume of relocation requests that moving companies receive in the summer, they simply don’t have enough drivers to fulfill each customer’s exact needs. As a result, many people are forced to move days or even weeks past their desired date. Since spring is a less competitive season for moving, it’s much easier to secure the move-in date you want—even on short notice.
An Ideal Time to Sell your House
Just as summer is the peak season for the moving industry, spring is the peak season for selling a home. Unlike moving, however, it’s best to sell your home during busy season. The housing market works the opposite way of other markets, meaning that prices rise as more homes are listed. Additionally, since more houses are for sale this time of year, it leads to more robust data and better valuations that can help you sell your home for a higher price. Also, more potential buyers means you can be pickier with who you decide to sell your home to, so you don’t have to worry about settling for a lower sale.
Motivation to Do Some Spring Cleaning
Like many Americans, you probably have a lot of unused stuff sitting in your basement, attic, garage, or storage shed. Moving gives you motivation to literally clean house, because relocating all of that stuff will do nothing but tack more money onto your final bill. Movers price your project by the weight of your items and distance to your new home, so the last thing you’ll want to do is pay for dead weight. In the best case scenario, you can sell whatever you won’t need in your new house online or through a garage sale, and then use the extra cash toward paying for your move.
When you combine all of these benefits, it becomes clear that spring is the most advantageous time for you to schedule your relocation. Once the ground thaws and the grass grows green again, call your local American Moving & Storage Association certified ProMover and receive a free estimate. If you need help finding one, you can do so easily at Moving.org.
James Smith is the vice president of Select Van & Storage, a moving company in Omaha. As one the largest hauling agents for Mayflower Transit and a ProMover member of the American Moving & Storage Association, Select is dedicated to providing spectacular local, long-distance and international moving services.