If you’re thinking about moving sometime in the future, you might wonder what month is the best time for this. If you are fortunate enough to have a say as to when you might move, here’s a few reasons why the summer is considered “peak moving season”:
Yes, it may be unbearably hot and humid in some parts of the country during the summer, but when you’re dealing with icy streets and sidewalks as an alternative, the advantages to moving in the summertime become clearer. Keep safety at the forefront by checking the weather forecast for the day of your move. Consider completing the bulk of your moving activities either in the early morning or the evening hours, when the heat of the day is less of a factor. If you are forced to move during the heat of the day, wear light clothing, have plenty of cold water available for everyone, and be sure your utilities are turned on so that you can blast the A/C!
Traditional school years start in the fall (August or September) and end around May or June. This makes summer an optimal moving time; not having to work around the kids’ school schedule means a less disruptive move. Also, you may have college-age kids that need to pack up and move either to or from college during this period as their spring semesters end in the same timeframe.
Buying and selling homes also picks up with the more favorable weather. Shopping for real estate in the spring usually means moving in the summertime, as opposed to the fall which could mean moving during the (most likely) cold and snowy holidays.
In many cities, leases traditionally expire in the summer months, perhaps in part because it’s the easiest time of year for landlords to make repairs and repaint for new tenants. If you’re renting, you’ll have more options to choose from and are more likely to find the ideal new digs.
Warmer, sunnier weather also equals garage sale season! If you’re preparing for a move, it’s a great opportunity to get rid of your unwanted items, which can turn into pizza money for that first night in your new residence.
Summer is barbecue and block party season, so it’s an ideal time to meet people in your new neighborhood. Most of us tend to be out and about more in the nice weather, and it’s easier to make new acquaintances while exploring what your new locality has to offer, or even just taking a stroll. Informal entertaining tends to be the rule, so why not invite your new neighbors over for a backyard cookout?
If you’re convinced that moving in the summer works for you, check out our helpful tips.