When is the Best Time to Move and Save Money?

If you're looking to save money on your move, the best time to do so is between late September and late April. During this period, demand for professional moving services is at an all-time low, making it the cheapest time of year to move. Generally speaking, you are more likely to save on a move during this period. Peak moving season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, and about 70 percent of all moves take place during this time.

This is because families with children tend to move during the summer months to avoid any disruption during the school year. It's also easier to get around in spring and summer when the weather is nice. The best months to move are November and December, as moving companies are the slowest during this time. Avoid the summer months, as these are the most expensive times to move.

Usually, the most affordable time to move is in the middle of the week, the beginning of the month, and during the off-season from October to April. Some moving companies will lower their rates during these times or offer offers and incentives, as demand is usually lower. Allied Van Lines suggests planning a move “in the middle of the month” rather than a move at the beginning or end of the month. On the contrary, the busiest and most expensive time to move is when everyone else needs the services, that is, during the weekends, the end of the month and during peak season from May to September.

In general, if you're on a tight moving budget and looking for an affordable way to move out of state, choose cold winter months. Moving on a Saturday or Sunday can increase your costs due to increased demand for moving and limited number of weekends in a month (especially during peak moving season).

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