Oftentimes, we don’t get a lot of choice in when we move, but sometimes, we do. If you’re thinking of selling your home and moving to a different state, or perhaps just down the road, it’s good to be strategic. If your lease has run out, and now you’re on a month-to-month, there are some advantages to planning when you move, depending on your priorities.
Summer is the busiest moving season, the easiest time to sell a house, and the hardest time to buy. Most people want to move in the summer, partly because children are out of school. More people put their homes on the market during the summer, so there is a lot more inventory to choose from, but because there are so many home buyers, there is more competition, and prices go up. It’s also the most expensive time of the year in the moving business. Your move will likely cost you a bit more, and because of demand, you have to book it earlier, especially if you are moving at the end of the month or on a weekend.
Fall might be my favorite time to move. Everything slows down a little, but the weather generally holds strong. It’s a great time to hire a mover, and a great time to buy a house. Rentals might be harder to find, especially in college towns, and home inventory will start to go down, but you might be able to negotiate a better price if you’re buying.
As with the leaves on the trees, winter is moving dead season. That means it’s a great time to negotiate a better price on your move. It also means there will be less competition for homes; their prices will go down, but so with the number of homes you have to choose from.
Spring is a great time to move, if you can make it work. Houses start to go on the market. Moving companies are still slower than in the summer, so you still might be able to negotiate a good deal.
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