So you've found out that you
need to move. Now, you have to start planning for the event itself. While there
are a ton of things to consider and questions that need definitive answers
before you can consider your move a success, it is imperative that you start at
the beginning. For most people, the first step in the relocation process is
finding the answer to a very simple question; when do I move?
While not everyone has the
chance to choose what time of year they move during, if you do have this
choice, it is important to consider a few important things, which can often
lead to the conclusion that moving during the wintertime is the best time to
tackle this event. Relocating in the cold winter months does have some distinct
advantages, which is why some people specifically choose this time of year for
their move, but it also has a few downfalls as well. Let's take a look at some
of the pros and cons of moving during the wintertime.
Why People Move in the Winter
Just why is it that so many
people are choosing the winter season as the time of year for them to move?
There are a number of very good reasons, including the following:
Moving companies can easily accommodate any dates, as this is
their off-season and they are usually far from booked, unlike the summer
and spring months.
The workers employed by the movers in the winter are generally the
more experienced workers. During the summer and spring, because of the
high demand for moving services, some companies hire students or
inexperienced workers. By moving in the wintertime, you avoid this.
Prices are much lower in the winter months because the moving
companies are not getting much work. This is their low season, and their moving quotes reflect this.
But What Challenges Do You Face?
At the same time, while there
are plenty of benefits to reap from the choice you've made to move in the
winter months, there are also some drawbacks. Be sure to consider the following
before you make your choice of when to move you and your family.
The weather can be quite harsh in the winter, especially if you
are traveling in the northern part of the country. Blizzards can impede
the moving schedule you've set up, and other problems can crop up as a
result of freezing temperatures.
Cold temperatures can wreck havoc on some of your more sensitive
belongings, including electronics, which will require extra special
The need to hire a great and well experienced mover is even more
important when you consider the driving conditions they will face. Don't
forget insurance, which can be more expensive for this reason.
You may need to shovel driveways, sidewalks, and do extra work
before the movers arrive at your current home, and before they get to your
new home as well. This means you should transport your shovel with you
when you travel to your new place.
As you can see, there are a
number of upsides and a number of downsides to moving during the winter. Some
experts say that you can get the best of both worlds by trying to move towards
the end of the season, or even early (or late autumn), but the ultimate choice
will depend on your unique situation. Be sure that you consider all of your options
so that you can have a safe and successful moving experience regardless of when
you decide to make it all happen.