Is Winter The Best Time to Move?

60% of moves in the US happen during summer. While summer is the most popular time to move, winter also offers very attractive advantages especially for people who are looking to create more space for their money. You’ll be surprised that there are many benefits of moving during winter despite the frigid weather. So let’s unpack the benefits and drawbacks of moving in winter that you should consider before you dig into a cold move. 

Why Winter is A Good Time to Move?

More flexibility

During the winter season, moving companies won’t be as busy. This means they are likely to accommodate your moving schedule and timeline. Movers during winter will also be more creative and flexible in handling unique challenges like moving awkward items as they have more time to plan and prepare. 

Need to change your moving date? Don’t worry! Moving companies are even more likely to work with you in winter should something come up that’ll affect the schedule of your move.

Easier home buying experience

Another great benefit of moving in winter? Lower home prices! Peak selling season ends in late summer so you may have an easier home buying experience. With the housing market slowing down during the winter months, you could find a great deal on a home during this time. 

It’s also a good time to sell your home. Lower inventory means less competition. Buyers will be focusing on your home since there will not be as many options as in spring. 

Why It’s A Bad Time to Move 

Like other seasons, moving in winter has its own drawbacks. Let’s have a look. 

Freezing temperature

The freezing winter weather makes you want to stay in bed with a warm blanket and a cup of hot chocolate. This is why most people consider moving in late spring or summer. A DIY move can be dangerous as ice, snow, and rain can result in dangerous driving conditions. 

If you’re planning to move in winter, you’ll have to prepare more than the typical move. Be sure to clear the walkways, driveway, and street to your new residence. Also, make sure that the utilities in your new home are working! The last thing you want is to arrive at your new place with no working heat or electricity. So make sure to plan in advance! 

Missing the holidays

Winter is probably the most beautiful season of the year. Of course, the best part of winter is celebrating the holidays with your family and friends. If you’re moving in winter, make sure to schedule your move so that you’re not missing out on quality time with your family and friends! 

School year scheduling

It might not be the best time to move if you have children still going to school. The school year is only beginning and changing schools in the middle of the school year is a big adjustment for your kids. 

So, is winter the best time to move? 

It’s arguable! There are pros and cons to moving during the winter, but regardless of what season you choose, our professional movers at The Padded Wagon are here to make your move easier! Reach out to us. We’d love to talk about your move. 

We provide moving, shipping, and storage services in New York City, New Jersey, Florida, Los Angeles, and Northern Ireland.